Guardian falsely claims Bassem Tamimi merely opposes Israeli settlements

UK Media Watch

The Guardian often misleads readers about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by mischaracterising pro-Palestinian activists opposed to Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state (within any borders) as merely ‘opponents of Jewish settlements’.  This style of Guardian obfuscation was on display in anarticle about Australia’s decision to cancel the visa of a Palestinian named Bassem Tamimi.  Tamimi is spokesman for the weekly confrontations with Israeli soldiers orchestrated in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, and has often encouraged his ownyoung children to confront soldiers in order to score media and NGO propaganda points.

The article (Palestinian activist’s Australian visa cancelled on eve of speaking tour, April 8th), by Christopher Knaus, begins thusly:

The federal government has cancelled the visa of an outspoken Palestinian activist on the eve of his Australian speaking tour because others are likely to “react adversely” to his presence. The activist, Bassem Tamimi, was…

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