Last week David Keyes, who works for a human rights organization called Advancing Human Rights, penned an op-ed for the New York Times, saying Palestinians were not ready for democracy. On our site David Samel said that Keyes is an Israel lobbyist masquerading as a human rights advocate.
Well, now the rightwing Zionist organization Aish HaTorah states that Keyes was a “Hasbara fellow.” Aish describes its Hasbara fellowships in this way:
Hasbara Fellowships, a program spearheaded by Aish International since 2001, brings hundreds of students to Israel every summer and winter, giving them the information and tools to return to their campuses as educators about Israel. So far, Hasbara Fellowships has educated over 2,000 students on over 250 campuses.
Should the New York Times be serving this agenda? Or more to the point, shouldn’t it tell its readers when it’s running the work of a hasbara fellow?