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Peter Oborne and James Jones: In defence of Dispatches

Posted by Eagle Eye
  • Wednesday, 18 November 2009 at 05:18 pm

Antisemitism is the most notorious form of racism. Its long and hideous history culminated in the Nazi Holocaust and its still exists as a powerful and very dangerous force in the 21st century. The lesson of the past is that it must be fought wherever it manifests itself.

For this very reason, it is essential that the term should not be abused. Sadly, the Labour MP Denis MacShane has done so in his attack on our Channel 4 Dispatches programme, 'Inside Britain's Israel Lobby', broadcast on Monday evening.

M
acShane shockingly says that our film is "1930s style prejudice dressed up as modern TV journalism". He even more shockingly concludes that "antisemitic politics is back". The charge that we have somehow made common cause with Nazis could not be more damaging, or more false.

The pro-Israel lobby is a legitimate subject of investigation, just like any other lobby, and we carried out a scrupulous investigation. MacShane refuses to engage with any of the points raised about the need for transparency and accountability.

We showed in our film how some defenders of Israel deliberately exploit the charge of antisemitism as a way of discrediting legitimate criticism of Israeli foreign policy - a tactic which debases and cheapens a very real and dangerous phenomenon. Denis MacShane has fallen into that trap.

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Dzien dobre.
ron_broxted wrote:
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 at 06:10 pm (UTC)
Dear Peter, Anti-semitism covers Arab Muslims as well, the term Judenhetze is closer to what some may have found as a comforting programme. I disagreed with your interpretation as Israel bashing is quite close to Jew-baiting. Regarding MacShane, Muzhinski or whatever his name is he part of a discredited government. A bit like Pinochet telling one off.
Proof of the Pudding
bob_idle wrote:
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 at 06:29 pm (UTC)
Your film showed how some defenders of Israel deliberately exploit the charge of antisemitism as a way of discrediting legitimate criticism of Israeli foreign policy. Then lo and behold along comes Mr Denis MacShane doing exactly that with an article published here. For those who didn't already know, Mr MacShane is a member of the pro-Israeli lobby described so well on Dispatches.


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