Sky News’ Alex Crawford Ignores Houthi Antisemitism
Israellycool reader Estikat last night watched a Sky News programme on what is going on in Yemen, with the Iranian-backed Houthis causing death and destruction. One part in particular irked her: Sky News correspondent correspondent Alex Crawford followed up footage of the Houthis chanting their antisemitic slogan: “God is great, death to the U.S., death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam” with the statement that one of the most notable things was how united they were in their condemnation and hatred of the West. And by West, she means those who were “part of the coalition that was making the North Yemenis suffer so much.”
While Israel has never involved itself directly in the conflict, some anti-Israel elements of the media have alleged we have been providing logistical support for the coalition established by Saudi Arabia in 2015 to counter the Houthis’ effort to take over the country. However, the Houthis adopted their antisemitic slogan back in in 2003, after the second Iraq war deeply radicalized their movement. In short: the Houthis are deeply antisemitic, and their cursing the Jews cannot be merely explained under “hatred of the West” as Crawford attempts to do. Plus as Estikat writes, Yemen has ethnically cleansed their Jews.
This seems to be a common theme with Crawford’s reporting of this conflict. Back in November, this is how she described those same chants (with the exact same footage).
No mention of ““God is great…curse the Jews, and victory for Islam,” which shines a light on the Islamic fundamentalist and antisemitic nature of their beliefs.
By ignoring the Jew hatred and painting this as merely some kind of resistance to Western and Israeli military action, Crawford is following the same inaccurate script that so many in the mainstream media adopt when it comes to reporting the Middle East conflict.