anti-hasbara

"SAIA/SPHR/SJP targets Jewish students."

Jewish students are neither intimidated, nor are they targeted for their beliefs by SAIA/SPHR/SJP. In fact, many of these groups’ members are Jewish and are proud to voice their opposition to Zionism and the illegal practices of Israel in occupied Palestine.

Considering all Jews as Zionist, and labelling as such in mainstream media and various academic institutions is an explicit act of anti-Semitism. Not only does it strip Jews from the agency of selecting their own worldviews and ideologies, but it also makes them liable for the racist attitudes perpetuated by the Zionists.

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How Israeli apartheid is coming unstuck | Mondoweiss

One incident of racism, though small in relation to the decades of massive, institutionalised discrimination exercised by Israel against its Palestinian Arab citizens, has triggered an uncharacteristic bout of Israeli soul-searching. When Superland, a large amusement park near Tel Aviv, refused to accept a booking from an Arab school the story went viral on social media and Israel government ministers led an outpouring of revulsion. But while Netanyahu and his allies on the far right were castigating Superland for its racism, they were busy backing a grossly discriminatory piece of legislation the Haaretz newspaper called €"one of the most dangerous"€ measures ever to come before the parliament.

"BDS is collective punishment."

In 1933 in response to the anti-Semitism of Nazi Germany following the rise of Adolf Hitler, foreign critics (under the advisory of many American-Jewish organizations) coordinated a boycott of German products. Those in the United States, the United Kingdom and other places worldwide who opposed Hitler’s policies developed the boycott and its accompanying protests to encourage Nazi Germany to end the regime’s anti-Jewish practices. The boycott was targeted widely at German products based on the societal complicity present regarding the policies of their government. 

They BDS’d the Nazis 

The author of the suffering of the Palestinian people over the past 60 years has been the Israeli government. Though this does not make Israelis bad people, the fact that the government builds towns, roads and housing for Jewish people only, while denying any civil rights to the occupied people means that all moral people have an obligation to make it change its behaviour.
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Chris Hayes: U.S. policy in the Middle East validates terrorism as a tactic

That awkward moment when something is so rational you can’t believe it’s actually on mainstream television.

In 2009, Israel’s foreign ministry organized volunteers to add pro-Israeli commentary on news websites. In July 2009, it was announced that the Israeli Foreign Ministry would assemble an “internet warfare” squad to spread a pro-Israel message on various websites, with funding of 600,000 shekels (c $150,000).
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Wikipedia

Wikipedia’s $150,000 estimate is conservative. It undervalues the amount of cash Zionists are pouring into dirty tricks operations, infiltrating organisations like the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and spreading lies about Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, racism, and indeed anything that might possibly stick. 

Hasbara quiz: Christopher and Noa answer the tough questions
  • How will you respond to the claim that Israel is not doing enough to promote peace?
  • Noa:Israel is doing above and beyond for peace, but at this stage there is no partner for this move.
  • Christopher:We are always searching for a way to make peace. We must sit and talk.
  • Why it's Bullshit:Sitting and talking over tea will not stop settlement expansion, administrative detention, or stop the bombs from falling on innocent children's heads in the Gaza Strip. Effective action and mobilization creates change.
Hasbara quiz: Christopher and Noa answer the tough questions
  • Hamas claims it won Pillar of Defense. What is your response?
  • Noa:The victory has nothing to do with how far the missiles go. The victory is finding the path to peace.
  • Christopher:For 13 years both sides are losing, no one has won yet.
  • Why it's Bullshit:First of all, the initial name of the incursion was Operation Pillar of Cloud, which I still use because it highlights the sociopathic nature of the Israeli State (Pillar of Cloud is a biblical reference to the divine presence "these people and that you, O Lord, have been seen face to face, that your cloud stays over them, and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night"). Secondly, King of nuance Chris Hayes did an excellent piece (which I'll post) about the incentive structure between Hamas and the Israeli government/Western media: "Here’s the lesson as far as I can tell: If you recognize Israel and are credibly committed to non-violence [the PA], you will get rolled, marginalized, undercut and left looking like a loser. But if you fire rockets into the heart of Israel, if you kidnap their soldiers, well then, they’ll negotiate, and adjust their policies. How perverse is that?"
"SodaStream hires Palestinians!"

This is nice, but it still doesn’t excuse the fact that SodaStream’s main production site is in Mishor Edomim (which an illegal settlement, making it boycottable). We have to be cautious of long term and short term goals. The obvious problem with this is that it’s a continuation of Israeli dictations controlling Palestinian livelihoods, instead of Palestinians having legitimate opportunities to create their own economy.

If you think SodaStream treats its Palestinian workers with the integrity they deserve, try to imagine what would happen were those workers wanting to act on their right to form a union. 

There’s some great stuff on this here, and here