The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

Leading Irish newspaper honours Israel-Nazi comparison as “letter of the week”

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Dublin – Editors at The Irish Independent, the country’s largest-selling daily newspaper, chose, as it’s letter of the week published on Jan. 7th, an anti-Israel screed which includes a comparison between the Nazi treatment of Jews and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

In addition to the incendiary, anti-historical and intellectually unserious nature of the suggestion that Israeli “atrocities” against Palestinians are anywhere in the same moral universe as Nazi atrocities against the Jews, such comparisons are codified as antisemitic by the EU Parliament and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, of which Ireland is a member.

Moreover, note that the Editors’ Code published by the Press Council of Ireland includes a Prejudice clause (Principle 8), which reads as follows:

Principle 8 − Prejudice

The press shall not publish material intended or likely to cause grave offence or stir up hatred against an individual or group on the basis of their race, religionnationality, colour, ethnic origin, membership of the travelling community, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, illness or age.

We urge our Irish readers to consider lodging a complaint with the Press Council’s Ombudsman under the terms of Principle 8.

Information on how to do so can be found here.