It’s popular to use “fake news” as a description for numerous media outlets yet the word “propaganda” carries far more weight.
Propaganda is a vehicle that drives an agenda devoid of objectivity. It’s equipped with selective facts, rumor, and loaded language designed to derail a person, group, movement, institution, or nation. Before and since Israel’s modern establishment in 1948, Joseph Goebbels is credited with the so-called “golden age of propaganda” under Hitler’s savage scheme of disinformation. Their strategies have resulted in a deadly downline that reaches from the 1920s into 2018. Here’s some of the down-line’s key instigators.
The Hitler/Goebbels strategy was well underway by the time the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, fled to Germany for various reasons in 1941. Considered the most popular Arab leader, he lobbied Hitler to plant his anti-Jewish plan into the Arab world. Al-Husseini supported the Final Solution and was directly responsible for Arab-language propaganda via radio. After WWII, the Egyptian-born PLO leader Yasser Arafat ingested propaganda from Husseini, his Great Uncle. The down-line then expanded from Germany into Israel via Arafat’s negotiations at the 1991 Madrid Conference and 1993 Oslo Accords. Arafat’s subsequent Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 symbolizes his effective deception. One of Arafat’s quotes parrots his Great Uncle Haj al-Husseini: “We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem.”
After Arafat’s death in 2004, Mahmoud Abbas took his place as Palestinian Authority President. Abbas worked alongside Arafat for 40 years planning terror inside and outside Israel, including the 1972 Munich massacres. Pre-1972 Abbas wrote his Holocaust denial dissertation in the former Soviet Union. To this day he refuses to stop the lethal river of Jewish-hatred flowing from his Palestinian controlled media. For example, a Palestinian Authority radio broadcaster commented, “Israel is a cancerous entity…everyone knows the Jews have no right to this land.”
In recent decades, the terror triplets-Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syrian President Assad-expanded their downlines supplied by Iran’s theocratic imams. They are the 30-year ring leaders who instigate terror in the middle east and around the world. The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei calls Israel the “barbaric..unclean rabid dog…a malignant cancerous tumor…that has to be eradicated.” He recently called on the people of Muslim countries to defeat Israel saying, “They should force the enemy to retreat toward the point of demise.” The down-line also inhabits most of the United Nations with its tentacles squeezing out lies against Israel almost daily while routinely neglecting the most serious humanitarian crises like Syria’s civil war and Nigeria’s persecuted Christians.
The propaganda down-line includes too many lies to list but here are a few: Israel is occupying Gaza. Israel is not the Jewish homeland. Israel is attacking the al Aksa Mosque. The Western Wall is not Jewish. You must be Jewish to hold office in Israel. Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel. Israel is an apartheid state. UN says, “Israel is Worst Human Rights Violator.” Israel has killed hundreds of children in Gaza.
So, how was Germany’s propaganda machine built? Goebbels, the 5’5” Nazi with his official title, “Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany,” was also nicknamed “The Poison Dwarf.” Living up to both titles, his takeover of Germany’s newspapers, radio, magazines and films, along with media takeover of conquered countries, resulted in the Holocaust.
His propaganda strategy crept into German society little by little until book burnings, Kristallnacht, yellow stars and passing trains burst into the open into a society reeling from their defeat in WWI. Enamored with star-stuck adoration, Goebbels and millions of German citizens found fascination in elegant parties, massive rallies, and cultural events glorifying Hitler. Eventually his hypnotic hold on Germans embedded itself in denial, apathy, and/or violence with Goebbels steering the rudder of lies.
The Poison Dwarf mimicked Hitler’s 1925 book Mein Kampf. In it, Hitler wrote about the “big lie.” He described his propaganda technique as so “colossal” that no one would believe that this kind of “impudence to distort the truth so infamously” would even be attempted.
When you read some of Goebbels’ quotes think about the current propaganda against Israel and Jewish communities worldwide.
• If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.
• The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
• Jews are our ruination. From Goebbels’ speech, “The Creators of the World’s Misfortunes”
In the 1940s the United States Office of Strategic Services described Hitler by citing a book by Walter C. Langer who wrote “…His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong;…” Sound familiar?
Israel is facing egregious enemies and prolific propaganda after almost 100 years due to the Nazi down-line still slithering out of a nest of vipers using the same strategy: “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”
To expose today’s propaganda down-line, we must proactively abandon apathy, maintain vigilance, dismiss denial and naivete, and most of all, source and share the facts.