John McCarthy


By Melchett Mike
May 2, 2012
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I forgot to turn off my Internet radio, last night. It’s a fantastic piece of gear, that can broadcast BBC Radio 5 Live to Jaffa . . . if you want to hear it, that is.

Having dozed off to debate about Roy Hodgson’s suitability as new England football manager (horrid that the media and ‘fans’ are already getting on his case), I half woke up, at 5 a.m., to a 30-minute conversation with former Lebanon hostage, John McCarthy, about his new book, You Can't Hide the Sun: A Journey Through Israel and Palestine.

Now, McCarthy – held by Islamic Jihad for over 5 years, longer than any other Briton in Lebanon – comes across as a perfectly decent and reasonable bloke, without agenda or malice, the type of English ex-public schoolboy with whom you might strike up a pleasant conversation over tea and scones in the Kenwood House café. The journalist and BBC Radio 4 presenter is certainly not – on the face of it, at least – the type to “salute” Saddam, to make “concentration camp guard” jibes to Jewish reporters, or who “might just consider becoming [a suicide bomber].”

The pages in his Haileybury twentieth century history book referring to the 1948/49 Arab-Israeli War, however, must have been torn out by a previous student, because McCarthy, this morning, referred to it as a “civil war” – i.e., between civilians of the same country – when it was, of course, fought between a ragtag Jewish army and a military coalition of seven Arab states and foreign volunteers (of whom McCarthy made absolutely no mention), in addition to native Arabs.

Indeed, McCarthy's ridiculously one-sided account of 1948/49 made Jewish soldiers sound more like Bosnian Serb and Croat ethnic cleansers than fighters against an alliance sworn to the destruction of their nascent state (mandated by the 1947 UN Partition Plan).

McCarthy’s interviewer, Up All Night presenter Rhod Sharp, didn’t once challenge his account. Perhaps he knows no better. But why couldn’t I imagine the same happening had his guest, instead, been Benjamin Netanyahu or even Shimon Peres?

As it turns out, the only tea I will be sharing with McCarthy is the contents of my pot, over his head . . .

Towards the end of the conversation, describing a card game that he stumbled across in the northern city of Acre (Acco) while interviewing Israeli Arabs for his book, McCarthy told of his surprise at discovering that an Iraqi-born Jew, keen to use his mother tongue, had been accepted into the group. This “common humanity,” McCarthy said, gives him some hope for the future.

“The trouble is,” the Arabs told him, “he takes our money from us every day.”

Indeed. Those clever Jews.

When his agent advises him that Michael Parkinson only interviews people who have actually done things, David Brent (The Office), referring to McCarthy, replies:

"He had that guy in Lebanon who spent years chained to a radiator. What did he do? Nothing! He was chained to a radiator!"

With all McCarthy’s shameful disinformation about Israel and Jews, we can only be sorry that he is not still there.

[You can listen to the Up All Night interview with John McCarthy at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01h0d9g/Up_All_Night_02_05_2012/ (2:05.48-2:32.45)]

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[Webmaster note: The title of this post has been altered, with the sub-head 'Now where's that radiator?' being removed.]

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Real Real Zionist

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 08:06

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" I'd have no problem standing with the EDL "

I assume that is the same Melchett Mike.


Mary in Brighton

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 08:39

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That could go a long way towards explaining why Mike can't get a date.


Melchett Mike

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 09:40

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Against Islamofascists, I'd even stand with you, Real Dickhead.

Not into JC Blog politics, so happily know nothing about either of you, but Mary - with your repeated personal slurs - you sound like such a pathetically sad, lonely and bitter, post-menopausal, self-hater. Hadn't you better be going out to feed the pigeons?


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 10:59

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Well Mike I knew you wouldn't be difficult but I never imagined you would be THIS easy. You oaf you are CLUELESS about what the EDL are about, and that makes you dangerous so far as the interests of the Jewish community and Israel are concerned. But I will educate you in due course.

But here is an interim clue.

Alan Lake's fourth freedom is freedom FROM religion Think it THROUGH.

You are a FOOL. And there is no fool like a racist fool.

Are you listening lunatic fringe of the ZF ?


Mary in Brighton

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 11:09

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Mike I would feed the pigeons but the gulls and jackdaws took everything I have.


Chris Tucker (not verified)

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 11:21

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It doesn't seem that Stephen Pollard is having a lot of luck with his specially invited bloggers.


Advis3r

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 11:33

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Tucker if that's your name it's not Melchett Mike who is the problem but the delusional bigotted intellectually challenged posters like your good self or the decidedly racist insufferable post Zionist RRZ or even the gormless brain dead Mary up with whom he has to put.


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 11:51

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Ahh Jose so you are an EDL fan too.


Melchett Mike

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 12:01

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Against Islamofascists, I'd even stand with you, Real Dickhead.


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 12:12

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We got you the first time Mike. Do bear in mind that the bit of your statement I quoted is only a trailer. In the context of the whole statement it makes very interesting reading indeed. But a preview is gonna cost ya.

After all I am just an ever so humble artisan. There is only so much I can do for free.


AlistairClark

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 12:41

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Mary,Mike and RRZ.What's the point in personal attacks ? You all look ..... real bad.Its offensive to see all you guys behave in this way especially when I'm sure you're all decent people.


AlistairClark

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 12:47

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Sorry about my last post ,I didn't intend to leave you out Advis3r.


Real Real Zionist

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 12:53

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I am sure leaving Jose out was Freudian slip Alistair.

Alistair I merely wished to ascertain that the Melchett Mike that started this blog was the same Melchett Mike that has declared that he would be happy to stand with the neo Nazi EDL that sought to establish ties with Norwegian and American terrorists.

Now that he has confirmed that he is it is pretty much the end of it.


Jon.

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 13:57

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Pretty offensive blog title this one. Really surprised the JC have allowed it through...


JC Webmaster

Thu, 05/03/2012 - 14:09

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