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We reprint in full below an essay by Ben Cohen in Commentary Magazine, published in the past few hours, and focusing on a specific individual whose role in shaping the transmission of the jihadist narrative on its journey into Western minds has been significant for years. Understanding not only Mads Gilbert but the enthusiasm of professional journalists to swallow his claims wholesale and uncritically is something we on the anti-terrorism side need to understand better so that it can get the exposure it deserves.
As tempting as it is to dismiss Gilbert as a crazy Norwegian Maoist in Gaza, the reality is that he is using his media appearances to stoke the libel of the century: namely, that Israel, in the words of the Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki, in “a genocide against the Palestinian people in all territories.” [Commentary Magazine]