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Gulf News’ unadulterated anti-semitism 7, June 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in American ME Relations, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Media in the ME, Middle East.
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The Gulf News out does itself in this example of egregiously anti-Semitic sentiment. As if to try to out perform the host of atrocious newspapers across the Middle East, the Gulf News, a hopelessly bland, emasculated and talentless newspaper, really pulls out all the stops with this classic. Yet another triumph for Arab newspapers.

I think and have said that on this occasion – as many before – Israel was mostly, if not vastly, in the wrong. Yet this kind of pathetic demonization of one side is just really so unhelpful. I truly hate this kind of populist (or purportedly populist) pandering of newspapers to the very lowest common denominator in society. The absolute definition of the gutter press.

The horror: Kuwaiti athletes participate with Israelis! 31, March 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Kuwait.
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A few news organisations in Kuwait appear to be puffing themselves up with indignant bluster after it has emerged that three Kuwaiti athletes took part in an athletics event where – brace yourself – Israeli athletes also participated.

These judicious defenders of Kuwait’s virtue and sworn enemies of any and all vice in Kuwait (perhaps they should call themselves the Virtue and Vice police?) leapt to savage these treacherous Kuwaitis who finished 111th, 117th and 118th at the world-famous Polish Cross Country Championships.

Let’s all be thankful that these vigilant morality warriors spotted this mendacious and unconscionable affront to Kuwaiti piety. Imagine – just imagine! – the possible consequences had they – I shudder at the thought – actually MET one of the Israelis: they might have exchanged a few words of dialogue…oy vey…

Of course, the key thing to remember here is that Palestinians, so dear to the Kuwaiti’s hearts and the reason for this pathetic honorable reporting will, I am sure, be thrilled and thankful at all the meaningful, literal and on-the-ground differences that this Kuwaiti gesture has made.