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Pro-Israel editor’s joke about Iran-Iraq War provokes response

MEMO | January 4, 2107

The editor of a prominent Jewish community newspaper has come under strong attack for making a joke about a war in which more than a million Iranians and Iraqis lost their lives.

Stephen Pollard, editor of Britain’s Jewish Chronicle, now stands accused of inciting hatred and bigotry following a tweet in which the staunchly pro-Israel and equally enthusiastic Tottenham Hotspur fan compared the Premier League game between Chelsea and Arsenal yesterday to the war between Iran and Iraq because he wanted both sides to lose.

“Time to wheel out my regular comment,” tweeted Pollard. “It’s Arsenal v Chelsea tonight, the football version of the Iran/Iraq war when you want both sides to lose.”

Tweet: https://twitter.com/stephenpollard/status/948617705351012352

Other twitter users condemned the JC editor for his insensitive and callous remarks about a war in which more than a million people were killed.

“I wonder what your reaction would of been if someone made football related jokes about the Holocaust!” one furious twitter user responded. Another said: “Wow, how callous can you be? 1 Million people died and 10s of thousand people suffer from chemical attack and you make this comment. What is next? you will compare it to Holocaust?”

Others described the comment as “vile” and “disgusting”. Many were keen to point out the latent racism displayed by Pollard.

“You despicable man. A million people died & you make fun of them? Is this implicit #Islamophobia coming out? If someone had made such a hideous analogy with Israel etc you’d be crying antisemitism. Truly hideous man”.

Tweet: https://twitter.com/alihadi68/status/948847842931638272

“His hate and contempt for Arabs and Muslims is so obvious. And this is the editor of a major Jewish paper!” wrote another angry user.

One took aim at Pollard’s well-known support for Israel: “Is it a bit like the Israeli Palestinian conflict where you wish Israel would just leave after their away game with Palestine, instead of permanently making the stadium their home?”

Tweet: https://twitter.com/Vghandi/status/948669884321484800

January 4, 2018 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Islamophobia, Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Timeless or most popular, Wars for Israel | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but it’s ok to say anything you want to about Muslims or anyone else for that matter, but jokes about Jews or a holocaust are absolutely ‘Verboten’.

    “An anti Semite is some one who dislikes Jews more than is absolutely necessary”…….H.L. Menken.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 4, 2018 | Reply

    • “Nowadays an anti-semite is one whom the Jews dislike.” — Joseph Sobran

      Comment by Flossie | January 7, 2018 | Reply

  2. I’m still surprised people are not aware of the Zionist lies perpetrated on the world. Ethnic cleansing has been going on since since ‘47; the Palestinians are the victims. Palestinian Muslims, Christians and aboriginal Jews suffer the same under the Western funded “Hertzlstani” dictators. In Brooklyn,NY every year all the Rabbis come together to ask for the peaceful dismantling of Israel. The Jewish holy land is the Torah. When the Messiah comes he will provide his people with a home.

    Comment by John L. | January 5, 2018 | Reply

  3. The funny part is the Twitter responders who actually seem surprised by this.

    Comment by PB | January 6, 2018 | Reply


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