CiFWatch produced an incisive commentary about the Guardian’s Israel correspondent Harriet Sherwood, and her striving to connect the dots of various aspects of Israeli political and social society. Thus she manages to combine in one article:
1. The recent anti-BDS bill which passed in the Knesset.
2. A proposal to give Israeli MKs some say in Israeli Supreme Court nominations.
3. Israeli nursery school students singing the national anthem.
The article is worth reading for its insights into Sherwood’s misrepresentation of Israel’s anti-boycott law as well as the proposed law to change the election process of Supreme Court judges.
However it is Sherwood’s final paragraph that rouses CiFW’s ire as well as my own.
Finally, her concluding paragraph contains information even more tangential to the story she’s ostensibly reporting.
“In a separate development, nursery schools in Israel are to be required to raise the Israeli flag and sing the national anthem at least once a week to strengthen children’s Zionist values.”
Unless Sherwood meant to say, “In a separate AND COMPLETELY UNRELATED development”, I honestly don’t know what ties in the last passage with rest of the report.
But, of course, I’m not being completely sincere, as I fully understand that she’s trying to characterize the new requirement by the education ministry as another sign of Israel’s lurch to the far right.
In a similar, and totally related, development, Harriet Sherwood reports on McDonald’s withdrawing its McFalafel from Israeli restaurants due to its unpopularity.
So far so tasty.
Then she scrambles her omelette by adding in this nasty little aside right at the end:
Falafel is thought to have originated in Egypt, although Israel now claims it as a national dish.
Oh! Those thieving Israelis! Not only content to steal other people’s land, now they go and steal other people’s foods! They can claim it as their national dish but we liberal-minded people know better.
Once again Sherwood betrays her bias by inserting an unrelated dig at Israel.
May she stew in her own falafel oil.