Update. Article amended at Comment is Free

18 Jan 2011 by CST

On 12 January 2011, CST Blog expressed its concerns with an article by John Whitbeck, posted by the Guardian on its Comment is Free website on 29 December 2010. This followed my emailing initial concerns about the article to the Guardian Readers' Editor on 30 December.   

The CST blog article is here. It began by stating

The myth of Jewish power dominates antisemitism.

The myth finds its strongest mainstream resonance in grotesquely overblown claims about Zionists, or Israel, controlling America.

Now, following direct conversation between CST and the Guardian Readers' Editor, Comment is Free has amended Whitbeck's original piece. The word "slavish" has been removed from "slavish subservience to Israel"; and the phrase "Israeli-American global domination" has been entirely removed. The new Comment is Free piece is here and carries this at its end

This article was amended on 17 January 2011. Language that is inconsistent with the Guardian's editorial policy has been removed.

It remains CST's opinion that the words "subservience" and "subservient" should also have been deleted. Nevertheless, this has been a worthwhile and constructive discussion between CST and the Guardian Readers' Editor; in which he has shown a sincere desire to grapple with the complexity of old Jewish conspiracy theories and contemporary anti-Israel slurs, in particular the relatively widespread (and therefore deeply worrying) notion at the heart of this issue - whereby Israel is somehow deemed to run America.


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