Israel is finally firing back in the propaganda war against the Jews.
For years, the Israelis and the Jews generally, have mostly adopted the attitude, in the face of ugly, slanderous lies, that they weren’t going to dignify them with a response. The thinking, likely, was that only the most un-evolved ignoramuses would buy the crap the anti-Semites are selling.
It turns out that’s an ineffective and dangerous approach.
It seems that Goebbels was right, and if you repeat a lie often enough – even (and maybe especailly) a really big one – it becomes the truth.
In short – not answering the lies, distortions and accusations has worked against us.
The good news is it appears that on at least two fronts, someone’s noticed and is doing something about it.
Evidently Jewish university students across Canada are coordinating campaigns the last week of February to counter a lovely 6-year-old annual anti-Israel hate fest they have there called “Israeli Apartheid Week,” JTA reports.
This celebration, which this year is March 1-7, “features a series of events held in cities and on campuses worldwide that organizers say aims ‘to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system,’ as well as to build boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns,” according to JTA.
So, working with local federations, the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy and Hillel, students start fighting for the good guys a week before this disgusting exercise, with a campaign called “Size Doesn’t Matter,” according to the report.
JTA reports the Jewish campaign will stress “that for a small country, Israel has achieved global renown in science, medicine, technology, business and humanitarian aid.”
The second push, which runs concurrently with Apartheid Week, will be called “The Truth Campaign,” and will feature posters saying “Don’t Twist the Truth” and “Don’t Play With the Truth,” JTA reports.
A third, surprise campaign involving “social media” is also planned, according to reports.
There are more of them, and they’ve had a lot more practice at the art of propaganda and disinformation dissemination, but the Jews have the truth on their side and with some effort, I have to believe that counts for something.
Hopefully the Jewish effort will include reminding people that the main thing the Israel-as-Apartheid-state jackasses claim as evidence – the separation barrier – was not even considered until a response was needed to a rash of Palestinian mass murder-suicides.
I hope they are able to convince at least some people that the single-minded drive by the Arab/Muslim world to stop the barrier is an attempt to use Israel’s and the West’s concern for human rights to make the Jews dismantle a non-violent and, more importantly, effective protection devise.
Another good idea, I think, is that the Israeli government is turning to its own citizens to become the state’s goodwill ambassadors.
JTA reports that Israel’s Ministry for Public Diplomacy and the Diaspora has launched an initiative to teach Israelis how to present Israel in a positive light. The initiative includes pamphlets Israeli passengers get when leaving Ben Gurion International Airport, a Web site and training workshops, according to the report.
Trainees will include businessmen, celebrities, athletes, youth group participants, politicians and ordinary citizens, the report notes.
“To counter the vast sums of money invested by Arab states in propaganda against Israel, we have to mobilize our human capital, meaning the residents of Israel,” the report quotes Information Minister Yuli Edelstein saying in a statement.
A poll found that most Jewish Israelis know Israel has a pretty terrible image in most of the world and most said they’d like to help change that when traveling abroad.
Three million Israelis go abroad annually, the report says, so maybe some headway can be made.
It would also be nice if a way could be found to convince the mainstream press to report the real Israel story.
Instead, what most consistently makes the news where Israel is concerned are lies invented by the Islamo-Fascists and the Israeli response, which is almost always lame – like “no comment”– because a meaningful response can only come after an investigation is made into the facts of the matter. So by the time the truth is discovered, the damage is done, the world has moved on and is left believing some terrible and totally untrue story about Israel and the Jews. It’s brilliant, really.
The world is left with this toxic poison in its mind about Israel and no antidote to counteract it.
Since it is impossible to predict where the next lie will come from or what it will be, Israel needs to work to publicize the truth, instead of just quietly going about the business of doing the right thing.
For instance, the Israelis were the first to set up a state-of-the-art field hospital in Haiti following the terrible earthquake. This was barely reported. And besides the recent report in JTA, I have seen no mention at all about the fact that Israeli medical experts in the rehabilitation of amputees are in Haiti to help examine and evaluate injured earthquake victims.
The report notes that medical professionals from Alyn Hospital, a Jerusalem-based rehabilitation center for physically disabled children and adolescents, are in Haiti under the auspices of IsraAID, an Israel-based coordinating body of Israeli and Jewish relief. JTA reports the team will examine and evaluate the type and number of injuries and amputations, and assess the Haitian medical staff’s abilities to rehabilitate its people.
A group spokeswoman said Alyn would provide rehabilitation to Haitian children and training to its medical professionals if it is decided to bring them to Israel.
The world should know about this. I realize that tooting one’s own horn feels self-serving, but this is war.
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