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Why are You Protesting Israel?

Exposing an unfair double standard.

Published: January 9, 2011


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(13) Nena, January 12, 2011 3:39 PM

On "What is "progressive" about protesting Israel?"

There is at times veiled antisemitism behind the harsh criticisms of Israel - but I think many Israelis are blindsided about the motivation of the Progressives in their condemnations of Israel. It's not antisemitism with connections dating back to Nazi Germany and beyond..no, it's about believing Jews are not Semites at all, and hence not real Jews at all and therefore don't belong there at all. It's actually at its heart all about a hatred of Europeans, and European colonialism and viewing Jews in Israel as just another group of Europeans colonizing brown people, Arab people. This is the rhetoric. Be aware of this. Progressives think in terms of White people vs "Brown" which includes every other ethnicity and race on the planet. Progressives are mainly whites with gripping self-hatred and guilt over the history of European colonialism. Israelis need to better understand this and also understand that Progressives hate the argument that "god gave us the land" since many of them tend to be agnostic/atheist. Israel needs to do a better job of highlighting the following in order to appeal to these people: that Jews have always had a presence in that land even before the state was created and that the European immigrants are not the only or full story. That Israel is full of people of different skin colors and races. That Arabs are not all "brown" either. That significant numbers of Jews were kicked out of their lands in the Middle East and given refuge in Israel. That several genetic studies have shown many Jews from all over share some genetic ties despite what they may look like on the outside. You really have to play up the race issues to appeal to Progressives, and downplay the religious. It also wouldn't hurt to remind them of the Arab history, Turkish rule, Roman rule etc of the region - and that the region has passed through many hands and therefore has never exclusively belonged to "Arabs". Remind them "Palestinian" once meant Jewish living under Roman rule.

(12) rosemary south africa, January 11, 2011 10:30 PM

well done we need more of this especially on international media

(11) Dvirah, January 10, 2011 8:56 PM

A Good Offence

One tactic no one seems to have considered in opening the minds of anti-Israeli zombies is to challenge them on their motivations and self-assumptions rather than on Israel-related facts, which they continue to ignore. For example, the brown bear said several times that protesting Israel was the "progressive" thing to do. I would have forced him to examine this concept by questioning it: what does it mean for something to be "progressive"? What is "progressive" about protesting Israel? And so on...by challenging such statements, maybe the zombies would wake up to some knowledge firstly about themselves, and then about what they are really doing? Another example: do they know the origin and meaning of the word Apartheid? (The brown bear does but many do not.) Since Apartheid is integral to a state (rather than a matter between states), calling Israel an Apartheid state infers that the land ceeded to the Palestinians still belongs legitimately to Israel. Is this what the critic believes? And doesn't that illegitimize the Palestinian Authority? Does the critic believe the Palestinian Authority to be illegal? And so on... By concentrating on their "positive" statements about themselves and their beliefs rather than on Israel, you (1) throw them off balance, as their pre-prepared, pre-programmed answers don't apply; and (2) force them to think about themselves, not Israel. And maybe learn something.

(10) Antonio Perez, January 10, 2011 5:05 PM

Why are you protesting Israel?

The truth behind the "I hate Israel" campaign is not that these people hate Israel, they hate Jews. The same situation as existed in Europe during HaShoah. It's bigotry, simply put, I hate Jews, therefore, I hate the Jewish state of Israel. It's so obvious. The Jews are the people G-d, the descendants of Abraham who received G-d's blessings through faith, "Abraham believed G-d and it was accounted to him for righteousness" and "'I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you', says the LORD." These people hate Jews and Israel because they hate G-d and since they can't get at G-d, they attack His chosen people, the Jews. It's hate. Isn't that what some Muslims are advocating, hate and unforgiveness? We must support Israel in our words, our prayers and our actions.

(9) jgarbuz, January 10, 2011 1:08 PM

Why Israel lost the worldwide propaganda war

.. and has only recently begun to fight? Unfortunately, for three reasons: (1) Israel relied not on propaganda, but on "hasbara" which in Hebrew means "explanation." Unfortunately, factually explaining a position is often complex and goes over the head of most audiences, who more readily respond to simple sound bytes; (2) Israel for decades chose to concentrate merely on influencing the US Congress rather than reaching out to the masses, because they felt it was too costly and that Arab propaganda was too overwhelming to oppose directly; (3) the Israeli Left, which had traditionally controlled much of government, media and educational institutions has been traditionally as ambivalent about the right of a Jewish state to exist, as their forbears were more interested in creating a socialist communal state than a Jewish one. Thankfully, the moderate right wing, represented by Netanyahu, has put Israel's right to exist as a Jewish homeland and state squarely into the center of the "peace process" stage for the first time in over 60 years and this seems to upset many so-called "progressives" who are traditional "one worlders" who abhor nationalism of any kind. This is why the Arabs have grabbed the stage with their effective if totally deceitful propaganda.

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