There are partisan pronouncements from public intellectuals; and then there's also the following - a very particular type of partisan pronouncement contained in a letter to the Guardian from Ted Honderich (scroll down):
The revelations in detail... of the intransigent greed, the escape from decency, of Israeli governments in negotiation with our selected leaders of the Palestinians, serve one purpose among others. They provide a further part of what is now an overwhelming argument for a certain proposition. It is that the Palestinians have a moral right to their terrorism within historic Palestine against neo-Zionism.
Since, as is not in dispute, terrorism in this context means the random blowing up of Israelis on buses, in bars and in other public places, what we have here is a well-known philosopher justifying the killing of, among other people, Israeli children. Of course, by publishing his letter the Guardian doesn't endorse Honderich's view. But it could also not have published it, perfectly legitimately, without this being an act of censorship. I'd wager that a letter justifying murder on the streets of Britain from a correspondent of the far right wouldn't have found space on the Guardian letters page. But terrorism against Israeli civilians, that is something else - a now accepted current of left-liberal opinion. I mean 'accepted' in the sense that it is held even by many who don't share it at least to deserve a hearing. Since the Guardian makes a habit of providing a platform for Hamas, its view on the killing of Israeli civilians not in serious doubt, I suppose there's no cause for surprise that they should print Honderich's letter. Cause merely for revulsion.