The Guardian and anti-semitism, again

I don’t understand. I don’t understand the motivation.

Does the Guardian really want to stir up anti-semitism? Is that part of its strategy to succeed as a media business?

Maybe it’s not motivation – maybe it’s stupidity. Maybe it’s ignorance? Cultural insensitivity?

Whatever it is, the Guardian has done it again: they have run a column by Keith Kahn-Harris in their Comment is Free section (see here), about the report of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, “Discrimination and hate crime against Jews in EU member states: experiences and perceptions of antisemitism”, (see here).

And they have turned on the comments. The result is – predictably – a  ton of bigotry about Jews. Read the comments and see stuff about money, control, and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, killing children; you name that anti-semitic trope, and you are likely to find it there.

I posted this:

This article is about Jewish experience of antisemitism in Europe. And judging by some of the comments on it – too many by any decent standards – antisemitism is alive and well and flourishing.

It may be that what is on display here is the antisemitism of the naive, or the ignorant, or the thoughtless, or the misguided, or the troublemaker, or the bigot, or any combination of them. But it’s antisemitism, right here for all to see.

How many people are surprised by that? Precious few, probably. Maybe it’s what the Guardian wanted – I hope not – but I cannot help feeling they would have done everyone a service by turning off comments. Either that, or police the place much more actively than appears to be the case.

I’m not sure if it will survive moderation, but I had to say it.

So, can anyone explain why the Guardian stirs up anti-semtism?