When UK writer Melanie Phillips saw news of the horrific murder of an Israeli family in Gaza, she responded to the gruesome crime with a passionate article. Now her words have prompted are being called racist. What’s more, she’s being investigated by the UK’s Press Complaints Commission.
Phillips online commentary, titled “Armchair barbarism,” was published by the UK Spectator and focused on the media’s coverage West Bank settlement family killed by Palestinian militants earlier this month.
“The moral depravity of the Arabs is finding a grotesque echo in the moral bankruptcy and worse of the British and American ‘liberal’ media,” Phillips wrote. “Overwhelmingly, the media have either ignored or downplayed the atrocity – or worse, effectively blamed the victims for bringing it on themselves, describing them as ‘hard-line settlers’ or extremists.
“To the New York Times, it’s not the Arab massacre of a Jewish family which has jeopardised ‘peace prospects’ – because the Israelis will quite rightly never trust any agreement with such savages – but instead Israeli policy on building more homes, on land to which it is legally and morally entitled, which is responsible instead for making peace elusive. Twisted, and sick,” she added.
Phillips’ article sparked outrage from Engage, a group promoting Muslim engagement in British society. As a result, the group lodged formal complaints with the Press Complaints Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Metropolitan Police. After the complaints were filed, the group also complained that Phillips seemed to be “quite blasé,’ adding, “nothing in her subsequent Spectator blog commenting on the concern her blog has generated, to indicate that she feels she’s done anything wrong or in fact, has breached the Editors’ Code of Practice.”
Phillips’ writing not only shed light on the media’s reaction to the Fogel family murders, but also pointed out the political gravity of the situation:
What is being deliberately ignored through this travesty of reporting is not just the human tragedy of this terrible massacre. It is the politically crucial fact that it was apparently carried out not by Hamas but by the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the terrorist wing of Fatah. Fatah is the party of Mahmoud Abbas, the Holocaust denier who is the allegedly ‘moderate’ Chairman of the PA – and who not surprisingly couldn’t even bring himself to express unequivocal horror at the atrocity.
This diabolical deed therefore gives the lie to all those who have been supporting, promoting and funding the PA as ‘moderates’ who deserve a state of their own. The fact is that America, Britain and the EU have been not only promoting this bunch of neo-Nazi fanatics and baby murderers. They have also been forcing their putative victim, Israel, to offer them its own throat to be cut, along with that of Jewish babies. And these craven governments in turn are being egged on by the bigots, useful idiots and worse of the British, European and — it has to be said loud and clear — Israeli ‘liberal’ intelligentsia.
Inayat Bunglawala, chair of Muslims4UK, also filed a hate speech complaint with the police about Phillips’ column: “Her words went far beyond just denouncing the killings. It was a far more generalised racist outburst against Arabs as a whole.
“If you insert the word ‘Jew’ or ‘Jewish’ where she has referred to Arabs then I am sure she would have no doubt that those words would be antisemitic,” Bunglawala told the UK Guardian. “Just as she abhors antisemitism it is important that she maintains the same vigorous anti-racist stance against Arabs. It is just unacceptable to use that kind of language.”
The Spectator isn’t the only outspoken supporter for Phillips’ commentary.
“Bunglawala and the other complainers are full of righteous indignation against Melanie Phillips for her words, but where is the indignation of these supposed ‘moderates’ against the jihadists who murdered the Fogels?” Jihad Watch asks. Which is worse? Phillips’s allegedly “racist” remarks, or the cold-blooded killing of a family sleeping in its home?”
“The jihadists who murdered the Fogel family are savages, as are those who celebrated their murders in Gaza,” the blog site adds. “I would say this while standing in the middle of Trafalgar Square, and if Britain’s PC Commission had any residual sense of shame, it would drop this proceeding immediately.”