Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it. Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784), quoted in Boswell’s Life of Johnson
During the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip I monitored several means of “Mass Media”:
- the major International TV channels (BBC, CNN, Sky News France 24, Al Jezerra- to name a few)
- newspapers (The NY Times, The Guardian) and their “Talkback” sections.
- and the social media on the Internet particularly Facebook, Tweeter and YouTube.
While watching and reading the stories and their associated “Talkback” reply sections, I had attempted to understand the reasoning behind the portrayal by many of the readers in their replies of Israel as “the singular“ enemy of peace and disruptor of international stability? In reading their replies I wanted to inquire into the basis of the libelous claim of Israel as an “Occupier” of “Occupied Lands”. I wanted to understand why it is, that Israel is consistently portrayed as a racist, colonialist (settler) and “Apartheid” regime with regards to the “Falestinians”? I also attempted to analyze the replies to these negative anti-Israel and many times highly anti-Jewish remarks. I wanted to find out who was posting them and if the accounts in Facebook or other social medias used to sign in to “Talkback” (Comments) sections were real or where they fronts for systematic anti-Israel propagandists.
Further to my research I decided to do a search for the source of the motivation for all the outpouring of utter hatred that was seen recently in the media and all over the streets of the major cities of the world. I found that the reasoning behind this and the growing threat of incessant hatred and rabid anti-Israel /Jewish, anti-Semitism in Europe and in the Middle East is a direct outcome of an intensive,very well funded, world wide media campaign by the “Falestinians” and their financial backers to discredit Israel as a legitimate country in the eyes of the world. To many readers I know that this comes as absolutely no surprise. Simcha Jacobovici stated in his Blog, “Countdown to Israel’s Destruction“;
“In the international media, Israel is portrayed as the enemy of peace, the disruptor of international stability and a racist, colonialist regime that targets Arab children for a pastime.”
The success of this “Falestinian” backed strategy to “vilify” Israel, is a direct outcome of the total lack of a real and organized response to this media war by successive Israeli governments. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has never made any concerted initiative in “Hasbarah” (Hebrew for “explanation”) to offset this campaign to delegitimatize Israel’s right to exist.
The results of this abject failure to combat the tidal wave of anti-Israel sentiments on the social media and in news broadcasts can be felt and seen in the increased acts of violence in Europe and the world. The recent demonstrations throughout the United States and Europe and acts of violence are not just against Israel but against Jews on the whole.
The lack of a real and organized Israeli “Hasbarah” campaign can be seen the rise in the animosity against Israel in the brazen activities of the BDS Boycott Divest Sanctions movement. We can also see it in the loss of the appreciation and backing for the cause of the historical and biblical aspirations of the Jewish people for a “Homeland”. Backing for the State of Israel and it’s legitimacy has steadily decreased in the past 40 odd years among Liberals and especially among non-religious and unaffiliated Jews in America. This absence of support for Israel has encouraged emboldened brazen and despicable acts of hatred and violence among the Moslem residents throughout Europe and Neo-Nazi Elements of “White Supremacist” in the United States.
As Simcha Jacobovici stated in his Blog;
“Even during the worst days of South Africa’s Apartheid, no one called for the destruction of South Africa. What they were calling for was a regime change, not the annihilation of the state. With Israel, it’s different. In campuses around the world “progressive” students and faculty are openly calling for the elimination of the Jewish state.”
The strategy of the “Falestinians” is to mark Israel as a “Pariah among nations“, an unwanted “Apartheid” racist, colonist entity has had a remarkable success. The purpose being to have the nations of the world call for the dissolution of the State of Israel – a cancellation of the Partition. This “Negation of Israel Plan” is the culmination of an outline delivered by Yasser Arafat in a speech before the General Assembly in November 1974 where Zionism was equated with racism.
- “Our resolve to build a new world is fortified-a world free of colonialism, imperialism, neo-colonialism and racism in each of its instances, including Zionism.”
- ‘The world is in need of tremendous efforts if its aspirations to peace, freedom, justice, equality and development are to be realized, if its struggle is to be victorious over colonialism, imperialism, neo-colonialism, and racism in all its forms, including Zionism.”
- “An old world order is crumbling before our eyes, as imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism and racism, the chief form of which is Zionism, ineluctably perish.”
- “Zionism is an ideology that is imperialist, colonialist, racist ; it is profoundly reactionary and discriminatory ; it is united with anti-Semitism.”
Prior to his 1974 speech Arafat was advised by the great “freedom fighters” of the “Liberals of the Left”: Võ Nguyên Giáp, a General in the Vietnam People’s Army advised him and his adjutant, Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir – Abu Jihad:
“Stop talking about annihilating Israel and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand.”
Muhammad Yazid, who had been minister of information in two Algerian wartime governments (1958-1962) advised them:
“Wipe out the argument that Israel is a small state whose existence is threatened by the Arab states, or the reduction of the Palestinian problem to a question of refugees; instead, present the Palestinian struggle as a struggle for liberation like the others. Wipe out the impression …that in the struggle between the Palestinians and the Zionists, the Zionist is the underdog. Now it is the Arab who is oppressed and victimized in his existence because he is not only facing the Zionists but also world imperialism.”
The success of this massive “PR” program to vilify, defame and delegitimization Israel has won the hearts of the young Moslem émigrés throughout Europe and encouraged the anti-Semites of the Neo Nazi parties. Only recently we witnessed the murder of Jews who were killed at a Jewish day school in Toulouse, France and a Jewish community center firebombed. Israeli officials warned Jewish men who wanted to visit synagogues in Denmark not to don their skullcaps until they were inside the building. It is increasingly common for Jewish tourists in Western Europe to avoid carrying anything that might distinguish them as such. A shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May, a month before the latest conflict began, killed four innocent people two of whom were an Israeli couple on vacation.
We also witnessed how Parisian Jews were trapped in a synagogue by pro-Palestinian rioters on the eve of Bastille Day, and had to be rescued by the police. Signs were posted in Rome urging a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses, anti-Israel protesters in a central London rampage through a Sainsbury’s grocery store where the manager is forced to order the removal of kosher products not just Israeli products off the shelves.
In Israel we saw on our nightly news broadcasts the developments that occurred in Europe with pro-Gaza demonstrations in Dortmund,Frankfurt and on the Kurfürstendamm, that legendary avenue in Berlin. We saw the news coverage of mass protests i London, England, throughout the USA from Los Angeles to Boston. From Chicago to Atlanta and Miami. The chants of “Free Palestine” intermixed with chants of abject hate not just against Israel but against the Jewish people.Views of contorted faces filled with hate screaming; “Hamas, Hamas; Jews to the gas!” “The ovens of Auschwitz call you!”
The scenes and acts of ugly brutality by pro-“Falestinian” / Hamas marchers to verbally abuse and assault anyone who dared to stand quietly holding a pro-Israeli placard or an Israeli flag. Events of this nature became viral as they were quickly uploaded and gleefully spread throughout the mass media in YouTube videos and shown on major news broadcasts. These videos once posted elicited venomous hate filled “Talkback” replies further exacerbating the horrendous hatred to vile levels unsurpassed by Goebbels and the Nazi propaganda machine.
There are those who are quick to point out that there are many differences between the rise of Nazism inspired anti-Semitism in Europe in the late 1930’s and the Moslem inspired anti-Semitism, anti-Israel hatred of today. I ask how many of these apologists are aware of the spread of sophisticated YouTube channels with their slick well prepared videos on the internet that motivate, encourage, inspire and glorify this deadly hatred? The sick manifestations of the videos produced wholesale by the Neo-Nazi movement with their sick message of perverted hate blend in with the well financed videos of the “Falesinians” and their concerted “Pallywood” campaign of lies and distortions.
The apologists are quick to quote the example that during the rise of the Nazi Party to power in Germany the peoples of the world and specifically Europe were not only silent but complicit. That in today’s world when there is an outbreak of anti-Semitism and violence most news channels and world governments are “quick” to condemn it. Yet, they do not mention just how these governments or the world media should react to not only prevent these acts of violent hatred but eradicate the cancer itself.
When complaints are filed with the monitors of the social media of Facebook and YouTube to remove offensive videos, channels and pages, in the majority of the times they reply that these hate filled pages are protected by the principles of free speech. The rules of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) clearly state: “Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law” is by definition hate speech. When this is pointed out to them they are loath to remove videos, channels and clearly hate filled pages. I was once informed that the reason they are hesitant and slow to remove anti-Jewish /Semitic /Israeli pages is that there have not been enough claims sent in. Yet on thee other hand pro-Jewish Israeli sites are constantly being removed.
It would be oh so simple to link all this hatred and outrage to the propaganda message so readily and unquestioning accepted by the Liberals and gullible naive lackeys of the handling of the Palestinians by the Israeli government. They absorb the view from hundreds of free cameras handed out with gusto to naive “Free Palestine” volunteers from all over the globe who post YouTube videos staged to incite and elicit violent responses from young tormented Israeli soldiers. To them it is the message of the Israeli “occupation”, the “settlements”, events in Gaza and the “West Bank” that are blamed for the tidal wave of hatred. The apologists dismiss that what is happening throughout the world as “just rhetoric” over Israeli military action. I for one am unpersuaded by this. I do not see it as just plain and simple genocidal hatred of Jews. I see it as a well planned, extremely well funded and conceived concerted plan to negate the Jewish people, the Zionist movement and the connection of the Jewish people to Eretz Yisrael ergo Israel the Jewish Homeland.
Since the re-establishment of the “Zionistic Jewish State / Homeland” a distinctive strain of Moslem anti-Semitism has arisen in the world, built on a foundation of a more leftist inspired and nourished form of anti-Semitism. It is not the atypical anti-Semitism rooted in longstanding Christian views that demonized the Jews which Goebbels and his propaganda machine enhanced during the Nazi era of the 1930s. Though the Nazi form of ancient anti-Jewish hatred is still evident throughout the entire Arab world in political cartoons, editorials, television shows and newspaper articles. It is also alive and well and used in the Hamas charter which contains references to a nefarious forgery created by Czarist Russian police officers in 1903 and later used as Nazi propaganda “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” The Hamas charter accuses Jews of relying on secret societies to foment global economic and political disasters. It calls on adherents to prepare for “the next round with the Jews, the merchants of war.”
Only recently a Hamas spokesman recently stood by his statement that Jews used the blood of non-Jewish children for their matzos.
As I mentioned earlier, today’s campaign of utter hatred is based on the relatively new narrative of the post Nachba “Falestinians” that Arafat outlined in his infamous address to the UN General Assembly in November of 1974. In his address Arafat established the strategy of what I call the “Negation of Israel Plan” based on three themes.
The first being that the Jews /Zionists are not native to the land that we are;”colonists and settlers”
“The roots of the Palestinian question reach back into the closing years of the 19th century, in other words, to that period which we call the era of colonialism and settlement,’ as we know it today. This is precisely the period during which Zionism as a scheme was born ; its aim was the conquest of Palestine by European immigrants, just as settlers colonized, and indeed raided, most of Africa. This is the period during which, pouring forth out of the west, colonialism spread into the furthest reaches of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, building colonies, everywhere cruelly exploiting, oppressing,’ plundering the peoples of those three continents. This period persists into the present. Marked evidence of its totally reprehensible presence can be readily perceived in the racism practiced both in South Africa and in Palestine”
The second theme is the the “European immigrant Jews” are not real Jews but Khazarim that we are not native to the soil that we are usurpers and that the “Falestinians” are the true natives.
“Just as colonialism and its demagogues dignified their conquests, their plunder and limitless attacks upon the natives of Africa with appeals to a “civilizing and modernizing” mission, so too did waves of Zionist immigrants disguise their purposes as they conquered Palestine. Just as colonialism as a system and colonialists as its instrument used religion, color, race and language to justify the African’s exploitation and his cruel subjugation by terror and discrimination, so too were these methods employed as Palestine was usurped and its people hounded from their national homeland.“
The Third theme is “The Great Lie”, the negation and vilification campaign as defined by Muhammad Yazid; to show that, “…it is the Arab who is oppressed and victimized“. This theme was utilized to the max by the pro-Falestinian’s recently in “Operation Protective Shield”. The Israel military was forced to fight with two hands tied behind its back because of the repercussions of the Goldstone report, from the previous round with the Hamas terrorist regime in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military action which occurred recently in Gaza was an action of self-defense. Yet the world needed to be constantly reminded that the actions by Israel took place only AFTER three young Israeli Yeshiva students in their teens were abducted and murdered in cold-blood ; Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel by Hamas activists, Marwan Qawasmeh and Omar Abu Aysha.
That the land action / incursion took place only after 13 Hamas terrorists attempted to penetrate into Israel through a tunnel from Gaza Strip near the Jewish /Israeli community of Kerem Shalom. And only after two terrorists cells of 10 members each. Infiltrated into Israeli territory Monday 21 July 2014 between two kibbutzim, Erez and Nir Am. And only after more than 500 rockets were fired at Israeli communities.
World leaders and the major news channels seemed to be consumed only with how to limit Israel’s legitimate “proportional” response to Hamas rocket and mortar fire. There was hardly a mention of the threat of terrorism through tunnels into Israel civilian residential centers.
Due to the overwhelming success of the “Negation of Israel Plan” the mass media rushed oh so over-eagerly and readily went into Gaza to defame Israel. The large networks and news companies AP, UPI and Reuters hired hundreds of local “Falestinian photojournalists” to fill their press releases and bylines with photos and videos. The screams of the pro-“Falestinians” at the “disproportionate” response blithely ignoring the facts that for 14 years Israelis in the southern part of Israel were living under near daily mortar and rocket attacks. The pro”Falestinians” apologists screaming that the rockets used by Hamas were “ineffectual” when Israel responded to the sources of the attacks. Not once did the world media mention the reasons for their failure in causing death and injury to the Israeli civilian population.
Non Arabic speaking “big name” foreign correspondents and journalists from the large news networks never questioned the validity of the images and sites shown them. They never reveal that the stories they tell have been fed to them or that they were lied to and controlled by Hamas operatives on site. The tragic scenes and images of the innocent victims who were so cynically used by the Hamas as human shields, dominated practically every news outlet. Their deaths were reported in the most dramatic way by the “local” “Falestinian photojournalists” to demonize Israel. It was only afterwards when the immense damage had already been done and the news was to old to be shown again did they rarely acknowledge the truth and their complicity in the “Big Lie” of “Pallywood”. The veracity of the truth behind these stories, photos and videos are never verified.
This cynical manipulation of the Press and the social media, was disclosed in a report by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute). In the report MEMRI, reveals that Hamas’s Interior Ministry actually issued guidelines to “Falestinians” in Gaza and in the “Occupied Territories” as well as pro-“Falestinian” activist social media users abroad on how they should report events. The Hamas Media campaign is called “Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign” and an instructional video was posted on its official website and social media accounts.
On their web page and in the guidelines they advised their followers to depict all casualties as “innocent civilians,” and not to show evidence of rockets fired from population centers. According to the Hamas directives:
“(They) …are aimed at ensuring preservation of the line of Hamas and other Palestinian organizations, preventing the leaking of information that would be of military value to Israel, bolstering Hamas’s propaganda efforts outside the Gaza Strip in both the Arab world and the West, and preventing damage to Hamas’s image.”
“Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don’t forget to always add ‘innocent civilian’ or ‘innocent citizen’ in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.”
Israel should always be shown as attacking, and “we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the defense.”
“Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket-launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.”
There were also guidelines on how to speak with the Non-Arab and Non-Arabic speaking pro-“Falestinian” activists on social media as opposed to Arabs:
- “When speaking to the West, you must use political, rational, and persuasive discourse, and avoid emotional discourse aimed at begging for sympathy.”
- “Avoid entering into a political argument with a Westerner aimed at convincing him that the Holocaust is a lie and deceit; instead, equate it with Israel’s crimes against Falestinian civilians.”
- When speaking to an Arab emphasize “the number of martyrs,” but with “a Western friend, start with the number of wounded and dead.”
An example of this media bias was that the world press consistently failed to mention that Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City had become a de facto headquarters for the Hamas leadership and therefore could be considered under international law as a legitimate target. William Booth of the Washington Post and UNICEF official Pernille Ironside had both witnessed that the grounds of
Al-Shifra meant to be a shelter and a center for mercy and healing was cynically being used by Hamas as a large human shield to ward off attacks in violation of all International Laws and the Geneva Convention.
Meanwhile their stories and bylines on Gaza have backed the United Nations in its’ myopic view of the world as it only selectively chastised Israel.
So now that we know the game plan of the “Falestinians”, as I termed it the “Negation of Israel Plan,” what can be done?
My Proposal To Fight Back
Well the first thing that is required, is for the Israeli Government to organize a counter offensive to counter the lies and misinformation of the pro-“Falestinians”. The Israeli Foreign Ministry needs to establish and fund a “Counter Hasbarrah” agency or department.
Secondly Israel needs to take the battle to the pro-“Falestinians” in a Hasbarrah offensive campaign and put them into the defensive mode. The offensive has to be on multiple fronts to cover all the media channels; public and social.
Representatives who are experienced and who have been fighting online for years need to be hired to teach from their knowledge as veterans of the Hasbarrah War. They can be used to train the younger generation.
It is imperative that speakers and writers in native languages must be utilized to spread a united front of clear precise factual messages based solely on the truth. Their is no compromising on historical and contemporary factual truth. All facts must be checked and double checked for validity.
Go Pro type cameras need to be issued to all Israeli forward units so that actual footage of “Falestinian” human rights violations can be documented as they happen. Cameras and videos showing the illegality of “Falestinian” actions need to be documented and posted.
Massive protests and demonstrations need to be organized to show the truth of the Jewish displacement from Arab lands and calls for dispensation demanded of the UN under UNR 194.
One of the most important items needs to be the resolution of the status of the West Bank. The truth of the All-Palestine Government in Gaza and the Jordanian Annexation of the West Bank needs to be investigated again. Just recently it was rightly announced that the area of the communities of Gush Etzion, which were built on land purchased before the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, were Jewish communities that had existed but were destroyed and the residents massacred or expelled. It seems reasonable to refer to the land of these communities as liberated as it was freed from the illegal occupation of Jordan and was returned to possession of its owners, the Jewish People.
I furthermore propose that:
- Any Journalists who cover the news from Gaza will be required to enter and exit only through Egypt.
- Any Journalist or news channel that publishes an unsubstantiated story based on “local” photojournalists will no longer be able to enter nor broadcast from or through Israel -persona non grata – for a period of time to be determined by the Foreign Ministry. The stories of the “Occupation” need to be disproven and legal steps taken to prove it.
There needs to be systematic educated and scientific response to disprove the allegation that the Jewish people are ALL descendants of the Khazars.
The falsehood of associating Israel with “Apartheid” needs to be more aggressively countered and a counter-offensive showing just how more so the term applies to the “Falestinians” and the Arabs be widely published.
The Israeli Government should establish by law a legal requirement that Members of Peace Now and B’stelem as part of their legal status to be recognized as a NGO be required to buy apartments and build homes in Arab Villages and in the Palestinian Arab Lands and to live in them to prove that “Peace and coexistence” as they claim exists.
All of these steps need to be done immediately and action taken to make it so in the Knesset.