Hasbara fiction: Israel’s professional liars exposed

Hasbara fiction: Israel’s professional liars exposed

Israel’s propagandists have a training manual that teaches the art of hasbara — sugarcoating and downright lying so that gullible audiences will easily swallow their poison.
Notice how everything Israelis dislike, and everything that thwarts their lust for domination, is now labeled “Iranian-backed.” They’d have us all believe we are in mortal danger from Iran and must therefore huddle together in a collective act of aggression orchestrated by Tel Aviv, Washington and London.
A 116-page instruction manual called the “2009 Global Language Dictionary” was produced by The Israel Project (TIP), which describes itself as “nonpartisan” on Twitter but elsewhere says it’s “devoted to educating the press and the public about Israel while promoting security, freedom and peace”.
TIP provides journalists, leaders and opinion-formers with “accurate information about Israel”. Its purpose is to help the worldwide Zionist movement win the propaganda war by persuading international audiences to accept the Israeli narrative and agree that the regime’s crimes are necessary for Israel’s security and in line with “shared values” between Israel and the West. And because God gave them the keys to the Holy Land, their abominable behavior is deserving of our support.
The manual teaches the propaganda tricks that Israel’s scribblers and drivelers use to try to justify the slaughter, the ethnic cleansing, the land-grabbing, the cruelty and their contempt for international law and UN resolutions, and make it all smell sweet.
Israelis claim 12,000 rockets were fired from Gaza in the eight years up to the start of Operation Cast Lead. But they never say how many bombs, rockets and shells (including the illegal and prohibited variety) Israel’s US-taxpayer-funded F-16s, tanks, armed drones and navy gunboats poured into the densely-packed humanity that is Gaza in the same period.
And they are careful not to mention that the township of Sderot, targeted by Gaza’s rockets and therefore a major propaganda asset of the Israeli regime, is built on the ruins of an ethnically-cleansed Palestinian village called Najd, whose inhabitants were forced to flee by Jewish terrorists in May 1948. Najd wasn’t allocated to the Jews in the 1947 UN Partition Plan — they stole it at gunpoint.
Remember, too, that Ben Gurion airport, which serves Tel Aviv, was formerly Lydda airport. Lydda, shown on my biblical map of Palestine, was a major Arab town and communications hub during the British Mandate and designated Palestinian in the 1947 UN Partition Plan. In July 1948 Israeli terrorist troops seized the town, shot it up and drove out the population. Donald Neff reported how, as part of the ethnic cleansing, the Israelis massacred 426 men, women and children. Some 176 of them were slaughtered in the town’s main mosque. Of all the bloodbaths, they say this was the biggest.
Out of a population of 19,000, only 1,052 were allowed to stay. The others who survived the murderous onslaught were forced to walk into exile in the scalding July heat, leaving a trail of bodies — men, women and children — along the way. Who was responsible for this act of infamy? Answer: Israel’s great “hero”, Moshe Dayan, who later became defense minister and foreign minister.
Israel has no right to it at all — it was stolen in a terror raid, just like Najd/Sderot and hundreds of other Palestinian cities, towns and villages.
Imagine the situation in, say, five years’ time. The Arabs and Iranians, and specifically the Palestinians, set their face against media training and communications long ago. They are amateurs, and in the case of the Palestinians not even that. Lazy, shiftless, unresponsive and a closed shop. Writers like me have no access, receive no support. Why do we bother? Good question. It now has more to do with resisting the tide of Zionism that swamps our own country.
TIP’s executive director, Marcus Sheff, served in the Israeli army for 25 years – “the world’s most moral army.” Did he dream that one up, by any chance? He was a prominent spokesperson for the Israeli military during the second Intifada and the Lebanon war. Today, he trains senior Israeli army officers in media skills. Josh Block is chief executive officer and president of TIP, and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. He’s dead against the Palestinians gaining statehood and wrote in Politico that the Obama administration and Congress were right to stand against unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state and must vigorously lobby other countries, large and small, to join in pressing the Palestinian Authority to call it off. If Palestinians go ahead it would undermine the quest for peace and risk terrorism.
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