Guardian in hot water as readers told to 'stop buying' paper after 'weaponising Holocaust' comment

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The Board of Deputies of British Jews called the comment “crass”

Holly Bishop

By Holly Bishop

Published: 26/10/2023

- 08:03

Updated: 26/10/2023

- 08:04

Some social media users have called for a boycott of the paperj

The Guardian has been slammed after the publication released a piece stating that Israel was “weaponising the Holocaust”.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews called the comment “crass”.

“The Guardian’s decision to publish an opinion piece titled ‘Israel must stop weaponising the Holocaust’ was unbelievably crass.

“The article’s failure, for example, to acknowledge the decades-long comparison of Israel to the Nazis – including in Hamas’s genocidal founding charter – sums up the astonishing lack of judgement exhibited. Its publication marks a new low for the paper.”

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The opinion piece, written by Raz Segal, critiques politicians who use the Holocaust to justify Israeli violence against Palestinians.

Segal directs the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Stockton University, New Jersey.

People have vehemently opposed the piece and the Guardian has found itself in hot water.

One user has called for a boycott of the paper: “Everyone must stop buying the Guardian.”


\u200bThe opinion piece written by Raz Segal

The opinion piece written by Raz Segal

The Guardian

Another user said: “I am a non-Jewish Brit. The publication of this headline in a 'reputable' British newspaper in 2023 makes ME feel unsafe in the UK. G-d only knows how I would feel if I *were* Jewish. It's outside the realms of what I would have thought possible growing up.”

A third added: “I am shaken by the speed at which this country has openly descended to blatant antisemitism. The Holocaust is unique in history, just watch all those World at War horrifying programmes, the whole world must NEVER forget, apparently the Guardian has forgotten.”

Charity group Campaign Against Antisemitism labelled the piece as “vile”.

“As antisemitism surges in Britain, The Guardian thought now would be the perfect time to publish this utterly revolting piece accusing Israel of ‘weaponising’ the Holocaust.

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“The Guardian must stop kicking Jews when they’re down.”

However, others agreed with Segal’s controversial piece.

When one user asked if the article was real, someone replied saying: “Yes it is, and I don't see anything wrong with saying it when it is exactly what Israel is doing.”

Over 1,400 Israelis have been killed as a result of the Hamas attack that began on October 7.

Meanwhile, more than 5,000 Palestinians have died since the Israelis began the counter-offensive.

GB News has approached the Guardian for comment

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