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November 23, 2009

Walt and Mearsheimer, Brit Style

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Peter Oborne: Denies he is spreading conspiracy theories

British author and scholar Robin Sheperd has taken on Peter Oborne's Channel 4 documentary "Inside Britain's Israel Lobby." (He too then is obviously part of the all powerful Zionist conspiracy.) Sheperd writes in the Wall Street Journal:

Here is a small selection of events that have taken place in Britain since the end of Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza earlier this year.

The government has imposed a partial arms embargo on Israel and failed to vote against the Goldstone report in the U.N . The charities War on Want and Amnesty International U.K. have both promoted a book by the anti-Israeli firebrand Ben White, tellingly called "Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide." The Trades Union Congress at its annual conference has called for boycotts of Israeli products as well as a total arms embargo.

In the media, the Guardian newspaper has stepped up its already obsessive campaign against the Jewish state to the extent that the paper's flagship Comment is Free Web site frequently features two anti-Israeli polemics on one and the same day. The BBC continues to use its enormous influence over British public opinion to whitewash anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Middle East. Its Web site, for example, features a profile of Hamas that makes no mention of the group's virulent hatred of Jews or its adherence to a "Protocols of Zion"-style belief in world-wide Jewish conspiracies.

Readers may be surprised to learn, therefore, that the British media and political establishment is apparently cowering under the sway of a secretive cabal of Zionist lobbyists who have all but extinguished critical opinions of Israel from the public domain.


Sheperd notes:

Messrs. Oborne and Jones produced an extensive pamphlet accompanying the documentary, which openly claimed inspiration from none other than John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, authors of "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy"—another conspiracy theory alleging malign Zionist influence in the United States.

For more on Mrssrs. Mearsheimer and Walt, the American inspirations for this less-polished British knock-off, see here.

Posted by TS at November 23, 2009 04:04 AM

Comments

As a citizen of one of the smallest and most maligned nations on this planet, I am constantly amazed at the incredible power and importance people like Mearsheimer and Walt credit us with. I have to thank them for their constant efforts to keep us on the front page. If I may, I would suggest that Mearsheimer and Walt continue not to allow the facts to get in the way of their theories.

Posted by: Sylvia Schwarzkopf at November 24, 2009 12:30 AM

One of the star interviewees in this pseuso-documentary was the Israeli academic with post-/anti-Zionist leanings, David Newman.

Note the follwing bitter irony:

http://spme.net/cgi-bin/articles.cgi?ID=2817

DAVID NEWMAN OF BEN GURION UNIVERSITY TO REPRESENT ISRAELI UNIVERSITIES IN COMBATING BRITISH ACADEMIC BOYCOTT


Posted by: Paul at November 24, 2009 10:31 AM

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