Board reject Guardian boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2012

A proposal to boycott the Guardian newspaper has been rejected by the Board of Deputies.

After debating the newspaper's reporting of Jewish and Israel issues, deputies at Sunday's plenary meeting chose to not hold a vote on the motion which had urged "all who oppose antisemitism to refrain from buying the Guardian or advertising in it".

The motion had already been rejected by the Board's defence division.

Jonathan Arkush, senior vice-president, said he found the newspaper to be "odious" but believed a boycott would be counter-productive and would damage the Jewish community's reputation.

Rejecting allegations that the paper was antisemitic, Alex Goldberg, deputy for Guildford and District Jewish Community, cited the Guardian's monthly Jewish podcast. Alex Brummer, City editor of the Daily Mail, spoke about the necessity for a free press.

The defence division had proposed a resolution noting the Guardian's "continued biased and anti-Israel reporting" and deploring the lack of action taken by the Press Complaints Commission. It was also rejected by deputies.

The Guardian's readers' editor Chris Elliott said in November that its journalists should be "more vigilant" in ensuring they avoid using antisemitic tropes or language. Mr Elliott said the publishing of antisemitic content had been inadvertent.

Last updated: 11:23am, January 16 2012