Guardian fires columnist over ‘joking’ about US arms sale to Israel


Journalist Nathan J. Robinson (File photo)

A longtime contributor to British daily the Guardian has been dismissed after criticizing US arms sales to Israel in a Twitter post, which he described as a joke. 

The newspaper fired Nathan J. Robinson after he said in a post on Twitter that US Congress is legally obligated to buy weapons for Israel.

“Did you know that the US Congress is not actually permitted to authorize any new spending unless a portion of it is directed toward buying weapons for Israel? It’s the law,” read the tweet.

“Or if not actually the written law then so ingrained in political custom as to functionally be indistinguishable from law,” another tweet said.

Robinson said he was “appalled and depressed to see new funding for Israeli missiles being passed at the same time as pitifully small COVID relief.”

He said that the tweet was a “joke,” in which “I relieved my anger.”

Astonished & grateful at the number of emails I’ve received from people who have switched from subscribing to the Guardian to subscribing to Current Affairs. We are a small independent media outlet totally reader-funded so we both depend on and appreciate your support. Thank you!

— Nathan J Robinson (@NathanJRobinson) February 12, 2021

Guardian editor John Mulholland who described the tweet as misleading and inappropriate called on Robinson to delete the post and apologize.

Earlier this month, Israel approved a nearly $3 billion arms deal with the United States.

Under the agreement, Washington will provide Tel Aviv with F-35 and F-16 fighters and Chinook helicopters.

Israel has long been the largest cumulative recipient of the US military aid.

To date, Washington has provided Israel with $146 billion in bilateral assistance and missile defense funding, according to a report published by the US Congress in November.

It said that almost all US assistance to Israel is in the form of military aid. The regime had also been receiving significant economic assistance from 1971 to 2007.

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  1. I doubt the total they give is an accurate number as it reflects moneys or value of weapons actually approved by CONgess. What is not mentioned is that the US also guarantees loans Israel takes out. When Israel fails to pay their loans, we do. Seems that is something that is never mentioned, nor the amount we end up on the hook for. When it comes to skinning cats, Israel has no peers. The only real analogy to Israel is that of an engorged leech.

  2. “A longtime contributor to British daily the Guardian has been dismissed after criticizing US arms sales to Israel ”
    Of course that is the regular process in the Western Media .
    ALAS it should be in the public interest to know how the Guardian a Pulitizer
    Prize-winning newspaper which styles itself as the world’s leading
    liberal voice, casually engages in acts of censorship to shut down
    coverage of issues.

  3. All the talk about Iran and , maybe continuing work on nuclear material. Yes ! The Weapons Inspectors who visited the sites said its happening. And the biggest complainer is Israel who never let a Weapons Inspector in the country and the US that backed out of a ratified agreement. They bullied the other signatory parties not to keep their end of the deal. Yes, they want to do to Iran what they done to the American Indians. How many treaties did the US break ?

  4. When you consider that Israel nuked us on 9/11, giving them weapons should be considered treason against the United States by giving an enemy aid and comfort according to Article III of the US Constitution.

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