Hasbara Club News – By Michael Hess. The Algemeiner propaganda site, seeking to be the Breitbart of the Israeli news world, republished a wingnut spiel from Israel Hayom and the Jerusalem Post that smears the New York Times of Israel, the Haaretz newspaper, with lunatic charges with little to no basis in facts or reality.
The smear piece is so riddled with errors of fact as to be laughable but the damage that these types of articles do to world Jewry is immense and growing. Hasbara propaganda used to be able to work in the days prior to the Internet and cell phone cameras. Those days are over. Anyone with a keyboard and the ability to make an Internet comment can now go read the documents for themselves which put to the lie anti-Jew screeds such as this piece of refuse out of the Revisionist Zionists who rule Israel with an iron hand, and with the intellect of a gnat.
Leaving aside the fact that Israel Hayom is the personal rag of the self-admitted war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu, funded to a $3 million dollar loss each month by American anti-Jew Sheldon Adelson, who apparently never met a racist wingnut right winger that he did not like… And secondly, Jerusalem Post being best known as a site so riddled with adware that people can hardly read it, and when you can manage to get a page to load it becomes crystal clear that JPost aspires to be the Fox News of Israel; short on facts, and long on conspiracy minded right wing innuendo.
Let’s focus on the reprint of The Sad Decline of Israel’s Pro-Zionist Media. From the outset the screed by Isi Leibler went right off the tracks of reality by glossing over the reality of Haaretz from its inception in 1918 and racing to 2006 writing:
In August 2006, 25 percent of the shares of Haaretz were sold to the German publisher M. DuMont Schauberg, whose father was a Nazi party member and whose publishing enterprises promoted Nazi ideology.
Gullible readers are led to believe that this tidbit of information is important even as it has no bearing whatsoever with the articles published in Haaretz. It’s snide and hideous innuendo by practitioners of a racist terrorist ideology, Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Revisionist Zionism, that has little to do with the Zionism that many of us were taught in our youth.
The right wing has run out of ideas, so they are left with logical fallacies and dying propaganda that has been debunked for many years.
Isi continues to denigrate truth and reality when he writes:
There is sufficient evidence to suggest that in recent years, the newspaper has caused more harm to the image of Israel than the combined efforts of our adversaries. Nothing demonstrates this more than the front-page headlines in 2009 based upon unsubstantiated evidence from the discredited Breaking the Silence group, which first promoted the lie that Israeli soldiers were committing war crimes.
Note the outright attempt to simply dismiss Breaking the Silence and the braying claim that they have somehow been discredited when the fact is, not only is the world very interested in what they have to say, it’s very hard for those of us that watched live while the IAF was strafing UN food buildings used as a shelter with White Phosphorous to deny that which we watched with our own eyes. Although not as close as the party goers on the Israeli side of the line who were happily drinking and dancing and chanting, ‘death to the Arabs.’
And then many of us watched live as Ayman Mohyeldin, in the Al Johara media building in Gaza City was being fired upon while broadcasting, by the IDF who was trying to stop any media coverage of the carnage they were inflicting upon innocent civilians in Gaza. It was a slaughter of not only innocent women and children but civilian infrastructure itself. (I don’t want to leave out Sherine Tadros who also was extremely brave covering the 2009 Israeli War on Gaza because the IDF actively targets journalists, one even filming his own death.)
None of these propaganda outlets masquerading as “news” can deny the video footage, or the $10.5 million Israel paid to the UN for trying to burn down their food depot/shelter. Again Aymen Mohyeldin was nearly missed by the Israeli “defense” force when minutes after he was playing soccer with several kids on the beach, the Israelis killed them, aged 9, 10 and 11. The IDF killed them for absolutely no reason other than hatred of Palestinian children, as Ayelet Shaked terms them, “snakes.”
If Israel does not like news coverage, they will simply bomb them. Isi further confounds people interested in fact based reality when claiming that the Goldstone Report has been discredited. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was Judge Goldstone who discredited himself when he caved to pressure from the same old right wing lunatic anti-Jew suspects, accusing him of all kinds of vile things and directly interfering with his family when they threatened his grandson’s bar mitzvah. What vile, corrupt extortional behavior. The other three authors of this official United Nations report denied the nonsense coming out of critics and the Israeli government, collectively writing:
…that they cannot leave “aspersions cast on the findings of the [Goldstone] report unchallenged”, adding that those aspersions have “misrepresented facts in an attempt to delegitimise the findings and to cast doubts on its credibility”.
In their most stinging criticism, the three joint authors say that “calls to reconsider or even retract the report, as well as attempts at misrepresenting its nature and purpose, disregard the rights of victims, Palestinians and Israeli, to truth and justice”. They point to the “personal attacks and the extraordinary pressure placed on members of the fact-finding mission”, adding that “had we given in to pressures from any quarter to sanitise our conclusions, we would be doing a serious injustice to the hundreds of innocent civilians killed during the Gaza conflict, the thousands injured, and the hundreds of thousands whose lives continue to be deeply affected by the conflict and the blockade”.
If the Israelis do not like what a Jewish jurist has to say about international law and how it applies to the illegal occupation and continued attacks on Palestine, they will threaten his family.
Lastly Isi trots out Jeffrey Goldberg, with whom I have strongly disagreed on many occasions, this time crying about his lamentable shock that two Jewish American historians have noted that Israel is a colonial state. Well duh. This is akin to saying the sky is blue.
When Jan Smuts, the father of the League of Nations was formulating the policies of the new organization, one of his greatest moves that showed him to be a real statesman ahead of his time, was that colonialism had to come to an end. That unchecked colonialism was clearly the reason for the Great War, and the wars prior to it. Notwithstanding the Sykes-Picot agreement, secret until the Bolsheviks revealed it, and that deal itself was antithetical to what Smuts was trying to accomplish as well.
The Class-A mandate state of Palestine was created as a “sacred civilizational trust” under Article 22, paragraphs 1 and 4 of the League of Nations Covenant. This was twenty-four years prior to the notion of an Jewish national home under UNGAR 181. Indeed Article 22 was included in the Palestine Mandate, where it explicitly says that a Jewish national home was envisioned to be created in the “country” of Palestine.
This was obvious to all those at the time, after all in the McMahon-Hussein letters in 1915-1916 promised indigenous Palestinians self-determination in return for their help in winning the Ottoman War and this they did with great distinction, they won after all.
The colonialism is painfully obvious in an illegal occupation that has continued ever since the first illegal colony was established by Israel in Palestine after the 1967 war of choice which was waged with this goal in mind; to take by force that which they felt was denied them, Greater Israel.The first illegal colony, Kfar Etzion, has the sad distinction of being that anchor point in Israeli history that shows Israel’s illegal occupation of another country, the very country that was carved up to create a Jewish national home, has now for 72% of its very life as a “state” illegally occupied and caused all manner of human misery during the commission of the longest running crime against humanity in modern history, right in front of the world’s very eyes.
This 72% number is permanent. It can never change as long as the illegal occupation of the state of Palestine lasts.
Gideon Levy and Amara Haas, who come in for scathing criticism in this hit piece by Isi, are Israeli national treasures. They are the conscience of Israelis who still care. They are the canaries in the coal mine. One day they will be seen as the caring Jews who helped stop one of the gravest errors ever made: The linking of political Revisionist Zionism with Judaism.
When Goldberg was upset with Levy for the article that describes Israel as what it is, what does he take offense at? Verifiable historical records show Gideon Levy to be right, so where’s the beef? Theodor Herzl wrote in his diary about using antisemitism to promote Zionism:
It would be an excellent idea to call in respectable, accredited anti-Semites as liquidators of property. To the people they would vouch for the fact that we do not wish to bring about the impoverishment of the countries that we leave. At first they must not be given large fees for this; otherwise we shall spoil our instruments and make them despicable as ‘stooges of the Jews.’ Later their fees will increase, and in the end we shall have only Gentile officials in the countries from which we have emigrated. The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies. (The Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl. Vol. 1, edited by Raphael Patai, translated by Harry Zohn, page 83-84)
When we occupy the land, we shall bring immediate benefits to the state that receives us. We must expropriate gently the private property on the estates assigned to us. We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it any employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly … It goes without saying that we shall respectfully tolerate persons of other faiths and protect their property, their honor, and their freedom with the harshest means of coercion. This is another area in which we shall set the entire world a wonderful example … Should there be many such immovable owners in individual areas [who would not sell their property to us], we shall simply leave them there and develop our commerce in the direction of other areas which belong to us.
I used CAMERA as a source because like prefers like. CAMERA is an Israeli propaganda source, just like Algemeiner.
Israel was always about ethnic cleansing, one way or another, and this is where the concept began, with Theodor Herzl. The world knows full well the myth of a ‘people without a land and a land without a people’ is complete bunk. Palestine always had a people, and at the time of the Mandate and the League of Nations Covenant and during the time of the British White Paper of 1922 it is clear beyond question that Palestine was majority indigenous Palestinian, seven to one, and that only a part of historic Palestine was to become a Jewish national home, there was never any idea of a Greater Israel comprising all of historic Palestine and we know this from Israel’s own declaration of independence:
On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable … THE STATE OF ISRAEL is prepared to cooperate with the agencies and representatives of the United Nations in implementing the resolution of the General Assembly of the 29th November, 1947, and will take steps to bring about the economic union of the whole of Eretz-Israel.
If Jpost, Israel Hayom, and Algemeiner want to change reality, then I suggest you start with the above. Encourage the Israeli government to change the declaration of independence and remove the references to actually following UNGAR 181 and international law. Because the more than 754,000 illegal colonists who are outside of the UNGAR 181 borders are criminals sent out of Israel into the state of Palestine by successive criminal governments in Israel.
And most of all, even journalists can be held individually responsible for incitement to genocide under the Rome Statute. This constant drumbeat of false and debunked propaganda to prop up a failed Apartheid state while denying the truth that the world sees in their news feeds every day is unconscionable. And to lay this at the feet of the world’s Jews instead of at the feet of successive criminal governments in Israel may be the greatest crime of all time.
For those that truly care about Israel, there is only one outcome. The Two State Solution(tm) was effectively killed by Jerusalem Post, Likud rag that it is, and egged on by propaganda news sites like Algemeiner and Israel Hayom, a newer upstart but paid propaganda none the less.
Now that the population figures of Greater Israel are equal, with 6.3 million indigenous Palestinians, and 6.3 million mostly transplanted Russia and Eastern European Jews, and since Israel stands directly before the UN Security Council in direct violation of UNSCR 465 with nothing to stop the madness.
The One State(tm) is now the default solution. There can be no other outcome except for institutionalized Apartheid or equal rights for all. Since it is highly doubtful that Israel is going to change its Apartheid ways, especially since President Obama is holding their hands and helping participate in this longest running crime against humanity in modern history, (much to his daughters consternation if they know the truth no doubt) the One State(tm) is Israel’s unavoidable future.
And since Hillary Clinton is a Democratic neocon who worships at the Benjamin Netanyahu altar no end is in sight. So that means the illegal colonies will continue to grow, the Israeli civil war edges ever closer, and the Jewish national home will become synonymous with incremental genocide, ethnic cleansing, land and resource theft, the murders of entire families by illegal colonists by burning them alive, the dancing at barbarous wedding “celebrations” while brandishing automatic weapons and stabbing a photo of the little baby who was burned alive in Dumas and chanting, “death to the Arabs”, with groups like Lehava running around Jerusalem chanting the same chant, the crime against humanity of destroying precious artifacts, a cultural crime against humanity that just made the news in another ICC case when the suspect pled guilty, the destruction of agricultural trees including hundreds o years-old olives, the ongoing Israeli government funding of the group the Temple Mount Institute, which seeks the destruction of the Al Aqsa mosque and an insane third temple put up in its place, and then a longing to bring back the ritual sacrifice of little red cows, the elusive red heifer has been found, it will be hard to explain to American school children why the man in curls is cutting its throat, or the women in Israel who wear bikini tops on the beach are getting pulled off by the Israeli government for being “immodest” (sound familiar you Taliban lovers?) etc etc.
Oh wait! Israel is already known for these things and far more. And instead of focusing on the actual root cause, propaganda outfits like JPost, Algemeiner and the odious Israel Hayom insist on deny the reality that we can all see for ourselves, and label any Jew who dares stand up and say Not In My Name a “Jew hater” or “self-hating” or just flat out antisemitic or Achmed. This has worked so well so far.
BDS and BLM until it hurts and Israel Apartheid is ended forever. Long live the One State(tm) with equal rights, and justice, for all!