London (QNN)- The Guardian sacked its columnist Nathan Robinson, who is also an editor of the Current Affairs, on Tuesday after he criticized the US military aid to the occupation state.
Robinson has tweeted a joke that perturbed The Guardian’s US editor-in-chief, John Mulholland, who accused Robinson of spreading “fake news” and claimed the joke was anti-Semitic.
In December, Robinson tweeted that the COVID-19 relief package was looped in with $500 million worth of military aid to the occupation state.
“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?” lamented Robinson. “It’s the law.”
If it were not clear enough that this was a joke, Robinson followed up with a remark that this wasn’t actually a component of federal law, but it might as well be.
However, Robinson received an email from The Guardian’s editor-in-chief John Mulholland, which contained a link to the tweet and an assertion that Robinson was spreading fake news. Mulholland had never interacted with Robinson before, according to Reason.
“No such law exists,” wrote Mulholland in reference to Robinson’s joke. “In which case this is, as one might say, fake news, irrespective of the later tweet.”
“Given the reckless talk over the last year—and beyond—of how mythical ‘Jewish group/alliances’ yield power over all forms of U.S. public life I am not clear how this is helpful to public discourse,” Mulholland continued.
The bottom of the email included a quote—it was not clear from whom—that read: “Saying that the only Jewish state controls the most powerful country in the world is clearly anti-Semitic. The myth of ‘Jewish power’ informs murderous hatred. Delete this and apologise.”
Robinson says that his immediate reaction was to delete the tweet and apologize to Mulholland, not because he agreed with the criticism but because he didn’t want to lose his job.
“I need my income, and while it was deeply frustrating to me to have the Guardian policing my tweets, I grudgingly felt I would have to accept the new limits I expected would be imposed on my public speech,” wrote Robinson. “I knew that the censorship would be aggravating, but it seemed unavoidable and I hoped it would be limited.”
Mulholland thanked Robinson for complying, and Robinson expected that would be that. But over the next few weeks, The Guardian ceased running his columns. Finally, this week, Robinson received confirmation that his column was discontinued. Robinson says a Guardian editor confirmed that his Israel tweet was the reason.