He stared and flapped a leaflet I had just given him in my face. “Have you read this?” I thought it was a daft question but the guy was obviously irate and a bit impulsive so I simply replied in the affirmative. He leaned forward and carried on ranting: “You mustn’t have read it as you’d know you’re a pawn in the Zionist machine!”
I looked down at the leaflet he had eventually stopped flapping and saw the content he was now jabbing at with his finger. It was a leaflet explaining the equality in Israeli society with its benefits and information on Israeli innovation and desire for peace – something I knew to be true.
“Do you agree with this?!” The man demanded. “Yes, I do,” I replied. He then responded: “You know what? You’re a pawn! Do you know that?! You’re a pawn in the Zionist machine!” He continued to rant, and wandered off. I knew him from another time when he had verbally attacked and approached an Israeli peace march in 2014 during the last defensive war against Hamas where hundreds of rockets fell on Israel. In England, my Tzeva Adom Red Alert App went into overdrive, blasting out rocket alerts non-stop whether it was day or night during that time.
I remember during pro-Israel gatherings, people would demand to know if we were being paid to be pro-Israel, and how much the Israeli government paid us. I remember one belligerent fellow wanted to know if I “was Mossad”!
I have started to notice a pattern where some people believed that one could only have love and appreciation for Israel if you were paid. It was bizarre. Suppose people did it just because they actually wanted to as daily, they saw the unfair obsession and inaccurate reporting about Israel, and when possible, counter those claims with facts on the ground…..because they knew the terrible effects misinformation and sometimes downright lies have on the social conciousness of a society.
They and their families watch shrieking proponents of the Boycott Israel brigade storming supermarkets and destroying Israeli Jewish produce. (One can look on YouTube for evidence of it’s uncivil and nauseously self-congratulatory vandalism vids) ….and the shouting through megaphones outside small Israeli businesses and stalls, intimidating the public and harassing the staff and anyone else who doesn’t buy into their bizarre boycott of Israeli Jewish businesses.
Then, of course, the lies come. The cropped pictures and edited footage which make the victim into the oppressor and the horrified ladies of coffee mornings believe their “speaker from Palestine” comes from the most vile hell on earth. With all this going on, some people want to do what they can to share the real truth about Israel. These people include those who have lived in Israel, have friends and family there, and who know from experience what they are talking about.
Some people simply want to share truth and accuracy because they want the world to know that truth.
That is invaluable.