Tom Horan, a freelance journalist who writes music articles for The Guardian, has decided to delve in to the world of fiction for his article “‘I’m the only trip-hop artist in Palestine!’: the musicians shaking up the occupied territories.”
It is a piece so batshit crazy, even The Guardian saw it fit to remove it “pending review” (you can access the cached version here).
It is a tale of IDF soldiers summarily murdering people..
Guests arriving at international music conferences are usually welcomed with a bit of a meet-and-greet by the pool, an ice-cool daiquiri and some tasty canapes, perhaps. They are not normally whisked off to sites of forced evictions and summary killings.
“Being Palestinian fucks up your sense of identity,” says singer Rasha Nahas, my next interviewee, “because Arabic is eradicated here and Hebrew is everywhere. Eventually, you find yourself thinking in Hebrew, and you say, ‘Wait – this is the language of the oppressor!’ So English is a way to escape that.”
And the Great Wall of Haifa
He’s a refugee from Jaffa. He tells me he has often sneaked into the city of Haifa for gigs. I assumed its walls – solid concrete eight metres tall – were unscalable. Not so, clearly; though Odai once fell off and had to play his set with a broken leg.
Believe it or not, this is not the first time a Guardian music writer has gone off key. Back in 2007, Tim Jonze wrote the following in his music blog (also since removed):
“..the notorious Israellycool.com, which gently skips between right-wing rants against Islam, posts about science fiction and – what else? – blogs about the Eurovision song contest.”
They sure know how to pick ’em!
Hat tip: UK Media Watch