By Marcus Dysch
June 30, 2011
I had intended to blog about some of the bizarre coverage yesterday of the Raed Salah case.
Guardian reports of his detention and the events surrounding the Home Secretary’s decision to deny him entry to Britain (Border Agency officials shamefully, and perhaps terrifyingly, failed to act on Theresa May’s orders) were quite shocking.
For Conal Urquhart to cover Salah’s situation without even briefly mentioning the allegations of antisemitism the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel faces – the accusation of “virulent antisemitism” (made in Parliament by MP Mike Freer) apparently being a key reason for the Home Secretary’s banning order decision – almost beggars belief. But then it is the Guardian…
Presumably in choosing to quote Ben White, Urquhart was attempting to win an office game of anti-Israel bingo?
As it is, Harry’s Place has rather helpfully already published an excellent piece reviewing the coverage, here.
Salah denies making the remarks he is accused of. If the allegations against him are ever proven, it can only be hoped that serious questions are asked by serious people in this country of the likes of MPs Richard Burden and Jeremy Corbyn, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Mr White.
Criticising Israel is one thing; lauding someone alleged of “virulent antisemitism” is quite another.