Israeli government sending 100 Israelis abroad to ‘defend the state’ during Israel Apartheid Week

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From the Jerusalem Post:

The Public Diplomacy Ministry plans to send 100 Israelis from different sectors in society abroad to represent and defend the state during Israel Apartheid Week.

The “Faces of Israel” mission, which leaves next weekend, includes settlers, Arabs, artists, experts in national security, gay people, and immigrants from Ethiopia. Actor Aki Avni will also join the group.

The participants in the project have undergone several weeks of training in the Public Diplomacy Ministry, and will visit dozens of college campuses to battle the “apartheid” label in New York, Boston, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Toronto, Montreal, Dublin, London, Madrid, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The mission will be split into 20 groups that will participate in conferences and panels, as well as speak directly to college students.

“Most of those who hate Israel have the same disease: ignorance,” Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein said. “We are sure that the answer to the attempts to de-legitimize Israel is not just to give facts and data, but to bring Israel to them.”

30 Responses

  1. Denis
    February 20, 2012, 11:11 am

    Good.

    Does somebody have a problem with this??
    Free speech is a wonderful thing.

    • Shingo
      February 20, 2012, 3:19 pm

      Free speech is a wonderful thing.

      Rather than put an end to Israeli apartheid, they are spending millios justifying it. That’s not such a wonderful thing.

    • Mndwss
      February 20, 2012, 4:41 pm

      I have a problem with this.

      The right wing Israeli government sending 100 Israeli propaganda trolls abroad to defend the Apartheid state? That is free speech?

      “The “Faces of Israel” mission, which leaves next weekend, includes settlers, Arabs, artists, experts in national security, gay people, and immigrants from Ethiopia. Actor Aki Avni will also join the group.”

      The “Faces of Israel” even has Arabs (Kapos/Qislings) on their propaganda tour.

      That must be good PR for Israel !

      “Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.

      As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda. Propaganda can be used as a form of political warfare.”

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      “Most propaganda in Germany was produced by the Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Joseph Goebbels was placed in charge of this ministry shortly after Hitler took power in 1933. All journalists, writers, and artists were required to register with one of the Ministry’s subordinate chambers for the press, fine arts, music, theatre, film, literature, or radio.”

      link to en.wikipedia.org

      “The Public Diplomacy Ministry” = “Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”?

      Denis. You must love Goebbels! ?

      As Goebbels was only practicing free speech… ?

      • Denis
        February 20, 2012, 6:07 pm

        @ Mndwss: The right wing Israeli government sending 100 Israeli propaganda trolls abroad to defend the Apartheid state? That is free speech?

        Yes, sir/madam, in America it certainly is free speech.

        If you can’t see that, you should spend a couple of hours with the First Amendment and the USSCt cases on point. I would suggest the flag-burning cases: Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989), and U.S. v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).

      • justicewillprevail
        February 21, 2012, 1:33 am

        Funny then that Israel’s agents are so keen to close down free speech in America when it is exercised by Palestinians and their supporters.

    • Chaos4700
      February 20, 2012, 7:14 pm

      Freedom of speech does not protect crimes of race hatred. Which is exactly what these clowns are being sent to propagate. Freedom of speech didn’t protect Goebbels. Nor should it have.

      • Charon
        February 21, 2012, 12:55 pm

        Freedom of speech does not protect crimes of race hatred. Unless you are inciting hatred against Arabs. That’s the way it seems anymore.

        In my old age of 31 years, I’ve had a change of heart on freedom of speech. Freedom of speech should be freedom of speech, no matter what kind of speech it is. Because speech is just words. As long as words don’t translate into actions. And even if they do, you deal with that.

        People who spout hate speech do themselves no favors. They might win over some bigoted fans. But for the most part they just de-legitimize themselves. Furthermore, if you are on private property like a restaurant or even an amusement park and you kicked out for cussing up or storm, that’s not violating freedom of speech. That’s the owners choice.

        I guess what I’m saying is it’s weird to have laws governing certain types of speech (cussing in public in some states, hate speech, etc.). Once you put a restriction at the government level on the words that come out of your mouth, freedom of speech goes out the window. Because there are good lawyers who would try to spin criticism of Israel as hate speech if they think they can do it. Similar to how people abuse discrimination laws or the Patriot Act. SOPA got defeating because people saw through it. But the truth is they always pass these things as a way to put limits on freedom under the guise of doing what’s right.

      • lysias
        February 21, 2012, 4:52 pm

        Any hate speech law is inevitably going to be enforced selectively. So it will end up prohibiting only some speech, the kind the people in power think is the wrong kind.

        That’s why it should be ruled violative of the First Amendment.

    • Hostage
      February 22, 2012, 7:51 am

      Does somebody have a problem with this??
      Free speech is a wonderful thing.

      Since you brought it up, I see no reason why activists shouldn’t object when agents of a foreign government are deployed to commit acts that may constitute crimes or incitement in accordance with the terms of the relevant international conventions, i.e.:

      International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, G.A. res. 3068 (XXVIII)), 28 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 30) at 75, U.N. Doc. A/9030 (1974), 1015 U.N.T.S. 243, entered into force July 18, 1976.

      Article III

      International criminal responsibility shall apply, irrespective of the motive involved, to individuals, members of organizations and institutions and representatives of the State, whether residing in the territory of the State in which the acts are perpetrated or in some other State, whenever they:

      (a) Commit, participate in, directly incite or conspire in the commission of the acts mentioned in article II of the present Convention;

      (b) Directly abet, encourage or co-operate in the commission of the crime of apartheid.

      Agents of Israel can also be required to register and provide additional disclosures when they disseminate political propaganda in the United States, e.g. Meese v. Keene, 481 U.S. 465 (1987) link to supreme.justia.com

      There are many other examples of limitations placed upon the free speech of the agents of a foreign government. Under U.S. law, foreign corporations, individuals and governments have been prohibited from providing funds for national elections since 1966. Although the Supreme Court has ruled that campaign donations are a form of speech, it upheld the ban on foreign contributions earlier this year in Bluman v. FEC. link to supremecourt.gov

  2. Boycott Israel on Campus
    February 20, 2012, 11:22 am

    The Zionists will have carte blanche on the campuses. This is not due to any particular love for Israel on campuses. The campuses sincerely don’t care who dies in the Middle East.

    The so-called BDS “movement” will play dead. They will have some cute movies and speakers which no one will attend or even know about. Most importantly, they will never ever demand any resolution for boycott or divestment against Israel. They are fully aware that Israel plans to Auschwitzize Gaza, Lebanon, and Iran.

    Israel will simply turn the Arab world plus Iran into cinders — and the BDS movement will still be unable to demand B, D, or S. Even after the Penn BDS conference, not one BDS resolution is visible on any campus in the United States.

    How do BDS-ers look at themselves in the mirror without spitting?

    • lareineblanche
      February 20, 2012, 12:52 pm

      Very difficult to figure out what your stance is based on your screen name and this confusing comment – or is it just me?

      • MHughes976
        February 20, 2012, 2:46 pm

        I share your confusion, lrb. ‘Playing dead’ means pretending to be less lively than you are, and I can’t believe that the bds-ers will do that.

      • Danaa
        February 21, 2012, 5:50 am

        Has the look and feel of false flag. Notice the consistent discouraging tone? would a real BDS activist display this kind of droopiness?

        Use your judgement peoples. This site has more than its share of pretenders. Some are just better than others.

    • Mndwss
      February 20, 2012, 5:37 pm

      You should change your name.

      You have used up: “Boycott Israel on Campus”

      Boycott Israel. Period !!!

      “Free Nelson Mandela….”

      Free Khader Adnan…

      Are you so blind that you can not see…

      Free Palestine.

    • Thomson Rutherford
      February 21, 2012, 4:55 am

      Boycott Israel on Campus,

      Just to satisfy my and no doubt others’ skepticism, could you give us a little coherent critique of the BDS movement, outlining your objections to it, or your suggestions for strengthening it? Do you think a different type of effort should be organized to replace or supplement it?

      Perhaps you’ve done this already and I missed it. If so, can you provide a link?

      BTW, if you think a stronger and more forceful effort is needed, I would agree with that but wouldn’t begin to know how to bring it about.

  3. Woody Tanaka
    February 20, 2012, 12:00 pm

    “The [hasbara] mission,… includes settlers, Arabs, artists, experts in national security, gay people, and immigrants from Ethiopia…. The [hasbarists] will visit dozens of college campuses to battle the ‘apartheid’ label.”

    Notably missing from this living Potemkin-village are representative Palestinians from the West Bank who are affected daily by the apartheid policies.

  4. rensanceman
    February 20, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Boycot Israel on Campus surely has a defeatist outlook on the BDS movement. I believe all who want Israel to change its behavior must continue to offer dissent to counteract the hasbara spewing from Israel. The status quo is unacceptable.

  5. Steve Macklevore
    February 20, 2012, 1:47 pm

    This is very good sign.

    If the efforts to label Israel an apartheid state were completely ineffectual, then the Israeli government wouldn’t bother doing this.

    Somewhere deep in the hidden places of the Israeli government, analysts are whispering that once upon a time white South Africa appeared strong and determined, it’s critics dismissed as cranks and idealists. Yet within a couple of decades of the campaign gaining traction, apartheid came to an ignominious end…

  6. justicewillprevail
    February 20, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Well it would be fine if they engaged in honest debate. But Israel’s track record suggests it will be the usual obfuscatory propaganda fest, with deliberate lies and smears about Palestine and its supporters, complete with concocted fake history and myth. Pathetically, most people living in Israel who are not settlers have less idea of the reality of Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza than foreign nationals. If Israel wants some truth they would bring some Palestinians. Whitewash, pinkwash and blackwash. Rinse and repeat.

  7. CloakAndDagger
    February 20, 2012, 6:10 pm

    I agree with Steve Macklevore that this is a good thing, not just for the reasons he states, but the best thing that these hasbarists can do for us is become even more annoying on the Internet than they already are.

    They clearly haven’t understood the increased revulsion to their tactics by the silent majority of Americans. I don’t have facts or figures for this, but I perceive that their attacks in the comment sections of blogs and newsletters across the Internet is backfiring. You can only cut-and-paste the same links a few thousand times before even the most tolerant start to roll their eyes in disgust. We need them to get even more disgusting so more people wake up and start to dig deeper.

    Perhaps, the addition of another 100 Israeli hasbarists will break the camel’s back.

    • dahoit
      February 22, 2012, 10:35 am

      And just who controls all those polls that imply support for Israel and war anyway?
      Bleat bleat go the sheeple,ding ding rings the war bell,hee hee go the politicians,and we end up in our home made prison cell.
      If one isn’t enraged,pissed and mad as hell,one must be comatose.

  8. Bumblebye
    February 20, 2012, 9:06 pm

    EI mentions that we’ll be getting these hasbarabots in a piece by Asa Winstanley, which reports on LSE checkpoint street theater by the Palestine Society being attacked and waterbombed by the Israel Society (demonstrating Settler mentality?)!
    link to electronicintifada.net
    Mohammed Suliman (yes, I think it’s that one) participated as an Israeli soldier:
    link to electronicintifada.net

  9. Pat Carmeli
    February 20, 2012, 9:30 pm

    How about finding out where these 100 Israeli propagandists will be and then plan on attending the event/lecture closest to you? In front of their audience (most likely at a college or synagogue) challenge them! We can debate this thing until we’re blue in the face – but let’s take the fight out where it belongs!

    • ToivoS
      February 20, 2012, 11:55 pm

      Pat that is exactly how this should play out. Israel is willing to put their people out there defending apartheid. Basically they have already acknowledged the topic of the debate. Let the apartheid debate begin. I think we can win this one.

      • Citizen
        February 22, 2012, 6:41 am

        Here is a first hand account by a jew who participated in the Nakba; he describes what he and his buddies did, and tell us why–he says he was a young unquestioning product of Zionist ideology at the time, pure and simple: link to youtube.com

  10. piotr
    February 21, 2012, 6:17 am

    The 100 apostles may have work cut out for them. But counteracting is not easy.

    I read that one reason that makes small fish to congregate in schools is that predators cannot focus on individual fish when they see so many. It is hard to make a focused case criticising our best ally ever.

    As a poster case, and really, it is easy to make actual campus poster out of it, is glorification of “our terror” to the extend I was not aware of. A glossy, well founded new “Israeli news source” presents “The rehabilitation of an underground revolutionary”:
    link to timesofisrael.com
    “Seventy years ago this week, on the 25th of the Hebrew month of Shvat, three British officers burst into a small apartment in south Tel Aviv, in the now trendy neighborhood of Florentin, and searched the flat for the most wanted man in Palestine. He was a Polish-born doctoral student of Greek poetry, a scholar of Eros from the Hebrew University, a melancholy romantic by the name of Avraham Stern who had left the University of Florence in Italy and returned to the land of Israel in order to declare war on the British Empire.”

    It is hard to think about more meticulous whitewashing. It is worthwhile to point that Stern lead ultra-fanatical splinter group away from fanatical Irgun, when the latter decided to cooperate with British for the duration of the war with Germany. Stern thoughts that the opposite would be more logical, alas, Germans did not accept offers of collaboration. So we are talking about murders committed as a stab in the back of England fighting with Hitler.

    That would be fine , any nation has weird splinter group. But read the article, how glorified Stern and Lehi is in Israel (and his successors who murdered Volke Bernadotte).

  11. Justice Please
    February 21, 2012, 9:11 am

    Hey Israel, want us to like you?

    Stop commiting outrageous crimes.

  12. lysias
    February 21, 2012, 10:50 am

    One Israeli who was recently sent abroad was Mossad chief Tamir Pardo, who was in New Delhi a few days before the recent bombing attack there. Ha’aretz: Report: Mossad chief visited New Delhi days before attack on Israeli officials.

    By the way, for whatever reason, the Israelis have kept the Indian authorities off the crime scene: The Telegraph (Calcutta): ‘Diplomacy’ keeps NSG off blast site:

    New Delhi, Feb. 15: The National Security Guard (NSG) was not allowed to gather forensic samples from the Israel embassy car blast site near the Prime Minister’s house on Monday because of “some diplomatic reasons”, a senior official said today.

    The disclosure came on a day an Israeli team, including Mossad officials, met Indian investigators and provided inputs, including a suggestion that a local module could have used a magnetic bomb supplied from abroad.

    “It was very weird that our post-blast study team was not allowed to visit the site and gather samples, citing some diplomatic reasons. Our experts, whose only job is to study and conduct research based on collected samples, were denied this opportunity,” the official added.

    • Justice Please
      February 21, 2012, 2:32 pm

      - Being there days before the incident;

      - Refusing independent investigation of the crime scene;

      Yep, Israel is a suspect in these bombings.

  13. russgreen
    November 1, 2012, 2:11 pm

    Where can I get a list of these 100 Israelis? Their lectures would be boycottable under the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), because they are representing Israel and they are participating in the “Brand Israel” campaign. It would be good to know who they are.

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