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This is an important measure of the desperation of Israel supporters in the face of the next generation’s attitudes. Josh Nathan-Kazis has a report in the Forward that with the blessing of Netanyahu the Jewish Agency for Israel plans to spend up to $300 million a year on a new p.r. campaign for Israel, principally in the United States, basically because the current efforts aren’t working. Note that the campuses are the crux of this– “The bottom line is, it’s clear it hasn’t worked,” says the Jewish Agency fundraiser– and that the Hillel director seems to think students will be won over by a program funded in part by the Israeli government. Jeez.

Nathan-Kazis: 

A Jewish Agency for Israel plan currently in development would combine donor dollars from the United States with Israeli government funds to create what is likely the most expensive pro-Israel campaign ever….

As described by [Jewish Agency fundraiser in the US] Misha Galperin, the plan would take a portion of the contributions made by American Jews to Jewish federations and send the funds to the Israel-based Jewish Agency, where they would be combined with government funds and sent back to the Diaspora for pro-Israel programming.

The program would dwarf earlier pro-Israel efforts like the Israel Action Network, created by major Jewish institutions based in the United States with a $6 million commitment over three years….

Another pool of funds would be used to bolster immigration to Israel among young Jewish professionals. Other money would be used to support Israel education in Diaspora Jewish communities and to send Israelis to Jewish institutions outside Israel. Finally, some funds would be used for pro-Israel programming on campuses…

Galperin believes that current Jewish organizational activities on U.S. campuses are failing. “The bottom line is, it’s clear it hasn’t worked,” Galperin said. “It hasn’t gotten us over the hump…. The issue is the scope, the scale, and to make sure whatever is being done really has measurable impact.”..

[Hillel’s Ellen] Goldstein said that she is not concerned about potential objections to pro-Israel programming on campuses in the United States being funded directly by the Israeli government.

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  1. seanmcbride
    August 16, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Don’t they get it? Most Americans resent being propagandized and pressured by ethnic and religious nationalists of any stripe. All of these efforts are doomed to backfire.

    The most popular foreign nations among Americans are those which keep the lowest profile and which don’t rudely invade their space. Those nations avoid controversies, debates and arguments. They are not glib used-car salesmen or overexcited zealots. They don’t claim to be lights unto the nations leading a holy war against the evil ones. They go about their business quietly.

    • hophmi
      August 16, 2013, 1:25 pm

      “Don’t they get it? Most Americans resent being propagandized and pressured by ethnic and religious nationalists of any stripe. All of these efforts are doomed to backfire.”

      Or the populace will favor your side of the issue 9 to 1 over your opponent’s side. Don’t let the facts get in your way, Mr. 4%er.

      Americans don’t much like terrorists, which is why they don’t especially like a cause like the Palestinian cause that has been defined by them for two generations.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 16, 2013, 1:39 pm

        So now all Palestinians are terrorists, hoppy? Go away, you lousy bigot.

      • hophmi
        August 16, 2013, 3:06 pm

        “So now all Palestinians are terrorists, hoppy? Go away, you lousy bigot.”

        We’re going to play this old game again. Again, I wrote that the Palestinian cause has been defined by its terrorists in America, and that is why Americans don’t have much regard for the movement.

        I’m going to ask that any attempt to suggest that I said all Palestinians are terrorists or anything equivalent be barred as a willful misstatement of what I said.

      • seafoid
        August 16, 2013, 3:59 pm

        Americans don’t much like terrists which is why Israel spends so much time framing the Palestinians as terrists

        But the old freedom gene in America is very strong and it’s hard to sell the turd of apartheid to people who believe in freedom.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 18, 2013, 10:54 pm

        “Again, I wrote that the Palestinian cause has been defined by its terrorists in America, and that is why Americans don’t have much regard for the movement.”

        Then that’s the real crime, isn’t it, hoppy. Because, as you must admit, Palestinian “terrorism” is no more or less defines their society than you would say that Jewish terror ( official and otherwise) defines israeli jewish society (even tbough its crimes are larger than the Palestinians’) yet America has been mislead otherwise. Isn’t the demand of justice to find out who has done that damage and correct it, or do you only care when Jews are denied justice and a fair hearing.

      • hophmi
        August 19, 2013, 1:30 pm

        ” Because, as you must admit, Palestinian “terrorism” is no more or less defines their society than you would say that Jewish terror ( official and otherwise) defines israeli jewish society ”

        I don’t admit it, but I’m sure you think that.

        ” Isn’t the demand of justice to find out who has done that damage and correct it, or do you only care when Jews are denied justice and a fair hearing.”

        I’m for two states. That’s what I advocate. I believe that’s justice for both sides.

        You – not so much. You’re interested in justice for one side. And you reside where everyone already agrees, and then you’re surprised when you continue as the 4%ers.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 19, 2013, 2:16 pm

        4%? lol

      • hophmi
        August 19, 2013, 2:18 pm

        Yes, Annie, 4% of Americans favor the Palestinians over the Israelis.

      • seanmcbride
        August 19, 2013, 2:50 pm

        What percentage of Americans favor Israeli over American interests, or maintaining or increasing the level of US aid to Israel while many Americans are suffering severe economic distress?

      • hophmi
        August 19, 2013, 4:11 pm

        “What percentage of Americans favor Israeli over American interests, or maintaining or increasing the level of US aid to Israel while many Americans are suffering severe economic distress?”

        What percentage of Americans see supporting Israel as “favoring Israeli over American interests?” What percentage of Americans see aid to our only ally in the region as supporting Israeli over American interests?

        This game works both ways, McBride.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 20, 2013, 7:16 am

        “I don’t admit it, but I’m sure you think that.”

        Then you admit your bigotry. I’m not surprised.

        “I’m for two states. That’s what I advocate.”

        Bull. You advocate for a self-governing Palestinian entity totally powerless and dominated by the Jews running israel, so that the israeli state can have the land but need not be bothered with the human, political and civil rights of the non-Jews. You advocate apartheid.

        “You’re interested in justice for one side. ”

        Nope. I am in favor of a solution in which there is equality and all of the political, civil and human rights of all are respected. You are the Jewish equivalent of a Klansman and are seeking to place the Palestinians forever under the heel of the Jews of the Levant.

        “you’re surprised when you continue as the 4%ers.”

        I’m not surprised. Given that the American media, business, and political structures is lousy with zionists, I’m not surprised at all.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 20, 2013, 7:37 am

        “Yes, Annie, 4% of Americans favor the Palestinians over the Israelis.”

        As usual, you’re wrong. The question you’re referring to asked whether the US should favor the israelis more than the Palestinians, the Palestinians more than the israelis, or treat both the same. It did not ask which side they do favor.

        Only a minority said that America should favor one side or the other and the majority said that the US should favor neither. Of course, our lickspittle government is more interested in getting the bribe money from the zionist Lobby than actually doing what the US people believe is in the US’s interests. So they dance like the puppets to their paymasters.

        Of note, 13% were more sympathetic to the Palestinians which, given the zio dominance in media and government in this country is nice to see. I foresee that growing in the future. Not only is there avenues of information such as the internet, through which the truth can get out, but the side favoring the israelis skews very old, very Republican and very extreme Christian, a demographic that is on the decline.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 16, 2013, 1:41 pm

        they don’t especially like a cause like the Palestinian cause that has been defined by them for two generations.

        americans are not idiots and they do not need palestinians to be defined for them, they can find out for themselves. and contrary to your laughable assertions, obviously the american people are not 9 to 1 in favor of israel which became all to clear for some people during the vote at the dem convention. and it flies in the face of logic israel would be embarking on this propaganda campaign at this time if their think tanks agreed with what you characterize as ‘facts’.

        israel is in a pickle, and that pickle is that they and their leaders seems completely unwilling, and inflexible wrt their agenda and their policies. therefore the embark on new and more expensive measures to reframe and adjust the narrative instead. new and more expensive ‘clothes’ for the naked emperor, how impressive/not.

      • hophmi
        August 19, 2013, 1:38 pm

        “americans are not idiots and they do not need palestinians to be defined for them, they can find out for themselves. ”

        And when they find out, they seem to side with Israel.

        “obviously the american people are not 9 to 1 in favor of israel which became all to clear for some people during the vote at the dem convention.”

        This is what happens when you hear what you want to hear instead of being realistic. I told you, over and over again, that some booing in the middle of day at the DNC in a half-full convention center to an ad-hoc amendment that included an equally controversial phrase about God (since a large number of Democrats are for separation of church and state) was neither typical of the opinions of Democrats on this issue, and certainly not proof that a large number of people favor the Palestinians. You didn’t listen. You should have.

        “it flies in the face of logic israel would be embarking on this propaganda campaign at this time if their think tanks agreed with what you characterize as ‘facts’. ”

        It’s just an enhanced campus campaign. There are way more Muslims than Jews on the internet. To stay ahead of the curve, you have to be proactive.

        “israel is in a pickle, and that pickle is that they and their leaders seems completely unwilling, and inflexible wrt their agenda and their policies. ”

        It’s democracy. What can you do? A Likud ideologue is talking peace with Abbas. That’s a change for me, even if you don’t see it that way.

        “therefore the embark on new and more expensive measures to reframe and adjust the narrative instead.”

        Adjust the narrative? I think it’s simply to put the Israeli narrative out there. It is virtually absent everywhere except America. There are far more pro-Palestinian propagandists available than pro-Israel ones. So, we have to be smart and proactive.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 19, 2013, 2:13 pm

        You didn’t listen. You should have.

        i listened, but like most of your allegations it just doesn’t ring true and it’s not logical. but don’t assume we don’t hear your ‘logic’.

      • Woody Tanaka
        August 20, 2013, 7:12 am

        “And when they find out, they seem to side with Israel. ”

        No. Most Americans want the US to favor neither side. The ones who side with israel are the Jews and a portion of the Christian community who are waiting for Jesus to come back and convert all of you to their religion or cast you into hell. This is a change from the previous Christian view of the Jews as killers of Christ. We’ll see what the future holds.

      • frankier
        August 16, 2013, 1:57 pm

        hophmi,
        “Americans don’t much like terrorists”

        Right… let’s share with the American people the undisputed evidence, as admitted by several early Israeli leaders and substantiated by Israeli historians, of how Israel used (uses) terrorism to cleanse Palestinian villages, of how Israel used (uses) false flag operations to eliminate its “enemies” (does this sound like terrorism?), of how Israel sells secret US military technology to states that are not exactly regarded as US allies, of how….

        you get the point… but I suspect you knew all of this already

      • hophmi
        August 16, 2013, 3:10 pm

        “Right… let’s share with the American people the undisputed evidence, as admitted by several early Israeli leaders and substantiated by Israeli historians, of how Israel used (uses) terrorism to cleanse Palestinian villages, of how Israel used (uses) false flag operations to eliminate its “enemies” (does this sound like terrorism?), of how Israel sells secret US military technology to states that are not exactly regarded as US allies, of how…. ”

        By all means. Also share early American history about the ethnic cleansing of the native Americans, the history of the World War II, the Holocaust, the role of the Mufti, the support of Palestinians for Saddam Hussein, Yassir Arafat’s history as a terrorist and dictator…

      • frankier
        August 17, 2013, 11:06 am

        Hophmi, glad to see that you are not disputing my point (and how could you?).

        Your false (or real) equivalence approach is an obsolete hasbara (rhetorical) tool. Fewer and fewer people fall for it these days. Two (or more) wrongs don’t make a right. Try telling a judge that you should not be convicted of murder because there are so many murderers that go unpunished.

      • talknic
        August 17, 2013, 12:42 pm

        hophmi ” early American history about the ethnic cleansing of the native Americans”

        On going is it?

        “the history of the World War II”

        On going is it?

        “the Holocaust”

        On going is it?

        “the role of the Mufti”

        Dubious, never the less, on going is it?

        “the support of Palestinians for Saddam Hussein”

        On going is it?

        “Yassir Arafat’s … “

        On going is it?

        Meanwhile the illegal acquisition of non-Israeli territory by the Jewish State is ongoing! The illegal annexation of non-Israeli territory… ongoing! Illegal settlements … ongoing! The slaughtering of predominantly unarmed Palestinian civilians in Palestinian territory … ongoing!

      • seanmcbride
        August 17, 2013, 12:50 pm

        talknic,

        hophmi: “early American history about the ethnic cleansing of the native Americans”

        On going is it?

        I am always astounded with pro-Israel activists use the example of the genocide of Native Americans to justify current Israeli policies — Hitler himself used the same rationale to justify his policies towards Jews.

        By using this argument, they place Zionism and Israel squarely in the tradition of genocidal political movements — which it may well be, if one is to believe them.

        Do they ever think before they open their mouths? They are their own worst enemies.

        At a minimum, they are seriously in need of smart debating coaches. :) Every good lawyer knows that there are some doors one shouldn’t open in trying to make an argument.

      • Hostage
        August 17, 2013, 11:50 pm

        By all means. Also share early American history about the ethnic cleansing of the native Americans, the history of the World War II, the Holocaust, the role of the Mufti, the support of Palestinians for Saddam Hussein, Yassir Arafat’s history as a terrorist and dictator…

        You forgot slavery. But they already do share all of that history in most universities, where have you been living, in a cave?

      • Don
        August 16, 2013, 2:02 pm

        Hophmi, you miss the fundamental point. Here it is…

        1. Most Americans support Israel because they know next to nothing about the conflict; and what (little) they think they know is highly biased.

        2. In College and University settings, where American students have the time, and an unbiased environment, to explore the issue…the results are not pretty (from an Israeli point of view).

        As for terrorism, it is quite shocking for Americans (at least it was for
        this American) to discover that Israel routinely inflicts State Terrorism on a civilian population. And I think for each person who makes that discovery, their view of the conflict is forever altered.

      • hophmi
        August 16, 2013, 3:08 pm

        “1. Most Americans support Israel because they know next to nothing about the conflict; and what (little) they think they know is highly biased. ”

        That might be true. But I think they know quite a bit. And I think the Europeans know no more than they do, except that they are biased in the other direction.

        “2. In College and University settings, where American students have the time, and an unbiased environment, to explore the issue…the results are not pretty (from an Israeli point of view). ”

        I wouldn’t base my campus arguments on the premise that college students are well-informed people.

        “As for terrorism, it is quite shocking for Americans (at least it was for
        this American) to discover that Israel routinely inflicts State Terrorism on a civilian population.”

        America has never bought into the State Terrorism narrative. If they did, they’d have to admit that their country is its foremost practitioner.

      • Elliot
        August 17, 2013, 11:01 am

        @Don:
        I suggest one change to your line “as for terrorism, it is quite shocking for Americans (at least it was for this American) to discover that Israel routinely inflicts State Terrorism on a its own civilian population”.

        That deals with Hophmi’s evasion.

      • Hostage
        August 17, 2013, 3:10 pm

        I wouldn’t base my campus arguments on the premise that college students are well-informed people.

        You’re certainly not one to talk. Unfortunately for you, JAFI, and the ZOA, universities happen to be places where people like Mearsheimer and Walt earn their keep. They are also places where studying the books and articles produced by the Morris, Shlaim, Rogan, Pappé, et al on the basis of declassified Israeli documentary history are de rigueur. They’ve been used for years now and are taught and discussed in a variety of courses and disciplines, like history, sociology, political science, & etc. There are also plenty of other well-informed scholars and researchers who have spent decades debunking and debating Zionist myths in our own serious academic journals. Many of those well-informed people teach courses or participate in campus seminars.

      • talknic
        August 17, 2013, 3:19 pm

        hophmi //“1. Most Americans support Israel because they know next to nothing about the conflict; and what (little) they think they know is highly biased. ”//

        “That might be true. But I think they know quite a bit. And I think the Europeans know no more than they do, except that they are biased in the other direction.”

        The Americans, who support Israel’s illegal enterprise, know less than the Europeans, who appear to be biased in favour of the law.

      • seafoid
        August 17, 2013, 4:11 pm

        Bot Nathan Thrall admits that

        http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/aug/15/what-future-israel/?pagination=false

        “elite attitudes toward Israel in the US are changing” but reassures readers that “polls have cast doubt on widely publicized claims that young, non-Orthodox Jews in the US are growing more distant from Israel'”

        “Simi Lampert, “Young Jews More Interested in Israel: Poll,” The Forward, July 9, 2012; Theodore Sasson, Benjamin Phillips, Graham Wright, Charles Kadushin, and Leonard Saxe, “Understanding Young Adult Attachment to Israel: Period, Lifecycle, and Generational Dynamics,” Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 31 (2011). ↩”

        2011 is an age ago in hasbara disaster porn

      • Donald
        August 19, 2013, 3:09 pm

        “I wrote that the Palestinian cause has been defined by its terrorists in America, and that is why Americans don’t have much regard for the movement.”

        My namesake replied to this already, but I’ll add that part of how the Palestinian cause became identified with terrorism as opposed to the Zionist cause is simply because of PR work by Israel supporters in the US, extending to popular novels and TV shows and movies and so forth. I’ve also noticed that some Americans are schizoid about our own history, and still haven’t fully accepted the notion that the US was built on a history of ethnic cleansing itself, so with that sort of cultural background it’s probably not surprising that some would identify with Israel’s similar practices.

        On a different note (meaning no criticism intended), maybe you could supply a link to whatever source you have for that 4 percent figure? I don’t find it implausible myself–I suspect the 4 percent would be people who’ve been exposed to some of the unsavory details of Israel’s behavior and I doubt there are that many. As Hostage points out, you’d probably find a disproportionate number of them on college campuses for the obvious reasons, but the average American isn’t going to know what the “Nakba” was.

      • hophmi
        August 19, 2013, 4:26 pm

        ” simply because of PR work by Israel supporters in the US, extending to popular novels and TV shows and movies and so forth.”

        Really? Do you really fall for the line? I think it has much more to do with the fact that Yasir Arafat was the face of international terrorism for two decades, and that during Oslo, Hamas decided they were going to blow up buses.

        “On a different note (meaning no criticism intended), maybe you could supply a link to whatever source you have for that 4 percent figure?”

        http://www.pollingreport.com/israel.htm

        Scroll down to see the figures, along with the history.

        Americans believe by 31 to 4 that the United States should favor Israel. The 4 percent are the ones who feel they should favor the Palestinians. The people who say we should favor Israel tend to be the hardcore activists, and vice-versa, and since those are the people lobbying for the position, 8-1 is a big advantage. And yes, it’s true that the majority say we should favor neither side, but the rest of the polling suggests that most people are fine with the status quo, which is support for Israel, diplomatically and financially.

        The rest of the polling is the same. Mondoweiss had a discussion on some of this a while back. If you ask which side people sympathize with more, it’s Israel over the Palestinians 49-12, over the PA 55-9, 64-12; you get the picture. And it hasn’t moved very much in the last couple of decades.

        In 2011, they asked people about the aid. This was in the middle of the recession; if people were going to say stop the aid because the country needs the money, this was the opportunity. 43 percent said keep it the same, 9 percent said increase it. With military aid, it was 50 and 14. The clear conclusion is that Americans want all aid to continue by a majority, and military aid to continue by a supermajority.

      • justicewillprevail
        August 16, 2013, 2:09 pm

        Well, they would really hate the institutionalised Israeli terrorism, if the facts were reported to them. No wonder israel is chucking $300M at propaganda for students. It is probably a drop in the ocean compared to what it spends on the msm, congress and the web of laughably-called ‘think tanks’.

      • Talkback
        August 16, 2013, 5:05 pm

        hophmi says: “Americans don’t much like terrorists, …”

        Then why did they recognize Israel which is a creation of terrorism?

      • just
        August 16, 2013, 6:55 pm

        Well, then, American should not much like the Apartheid Zionist Terrorists who rule Israel.

        hop– your comments are beyond ridiculous.

        Hasbara will continue to fail, no matter how many of the US taxpayers’ dollars you throw at it! It’s gonna be plain even to you, one day.

      • seanmcbride
        August 16, 2013, 8:01 pm

        Ethnic and religious nationalists should never pressure, lobby, harass or harangue ethnic or religious outsiders about their ethnic or religious nationalist issues.

        In the end they will only succeed in turning them into annoyed and angry enemies.

        Anyone with an elementary understanding of human nature should be able to figure out why this is the case with a moment’s thought.

        The Israelis who have made the best impression on me are those who were only interested in discussing their creative work — never Israeli politics — no angry rants about their blood enemies — no urgent demands on me to join an ethno-religious nationalist crusade or holy war against most of the world.

        That tone of neurotic hysteria that keeps creeping into the voices of so many pro-Israel activists (especially neoconservatives) — most people want to get as far away from it as possible.

    • libra
      August 17, 2013, 4:27 pm

      Sean McBride: The most popular foreign nations among Americans are those which keep the lowest profile and which don’t rudely invade their space.

      Sean, this seems the most extraordinarily self-absorbed sentence. When it comes to rudely invading their space, just for one moment consider how someone from a ‘foreign nation’ might feel about the US.

  2. seafoid
    August 16, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Meanwhile IDF admits that picture of a flash shopping mall in the Gaza Strip (look how rich those fugees are) actually comes from Malaysia

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.541772

  3. frankier
    August 16, 2013, 12:49 pm

    The propaganda is not working because the underlying argument is flawed…
    They can polish it…
    They can put a lipstick on it…
    You’ve got the idea…

    In the mean time, precious resources ($$$ and brains), that could be deployed to start building a better one state, are being wasted on a dead-on-arrival project.

    • seafoid
      August 16, 2013, 1:28 pm

      Nobody wants to buy the turds any more.
      The spin doesn’t work. No amount of Israeli money can turn around Israel’s image.

      • frankier
        August 16, 2013, 1:48 pm

        The old trick was to hide the turd and the pig. However, with the advent of the internet, that approach has become less and less feasible and the focus has now shifted on preventing knowledge of the issues and debate altogether such that there is nothing available on the internet representing the critical views about Israel and zionism. In the pre-internet days, critical views at conferences or in the periodical press were allowed but the coverage and circulation / diffusion was so minimal that it was regarded as immaterial or irrelevant. These days, they try to control the process by preventing the critical views from being expressed altogether so, even if there is coverage and diffusion, it would appear that the zionist narrative is unchallenged, thus increasing its chances of becoming more and more accepted.

        Of course, that cannot go on forever as sooner or later people will wise up. So, the plan is to accelerate the cleansing and displacement and give the world a “fait accompli”, or, more euphemistically, facts on the ground, before the world can react.

      • seafoid
        August 16, 2013, 3:48 pm

        It is easy enough to browbeat individual journalists or intimidate a newsroom but the bots can’t control web discussion and that’s why hasbara is so fu%ked now.

  4. irmep
    August 16, 2013, 12:59 pm

    The Jewish Agency has faced fierce opposition to US meddling in the past. Consider it was the Jewish Agency that:

    a) helped set up a massive illegal weapons-smuggling network when David Ben-Gurion visited American Zionists in the 1940s; Most of the hundreds of smugglers and their backers became known to federal law enforcement.

    b) funded the American Zionist Council (until ordered to register as a Foreign Agent by Kennedy) and its research division AIPAC (which spun off 6 weeks after the order) through hidden funding;

    c) fought properly registering its American Section as a foreign agent of the Israeli government until law professor William Mallison forced DOJ scrutiny in the 1970s;

    The Jewish Agency has siphoned $534 million from US taxpayers for “refugee resettlement” since the year 2000, but the spending is untraceable. So this latset move may essentially be making an (unwitting) U.S. taxpayer propagandize himself through dollars that never should have gone to the Jewish Agency in the first place.

    Redonkulous.

    http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/03/21/1963-the-year-the-israel-lobby-transcended-us-law/

  5. DICKERSON3870
    August 16, 2013, 1:17 pm

    RE: “[Hillel’s Ellen] Goldstein said that she is not concerned about potential objections to pro-Israel programming on campuses in the United States being funded directly by the Israeli government.” ~ Josh Nathan-Kazis

    WELCOME TO “THE CLUB”, ISRAEL: “The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics”, by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009

    [EXCERPT] . . . It is an extraordinary fact that no fewer than thirty-three distinct organizations – including AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, the American Jewish Congress, and the Jewish National Fund – are gathered together today as members or affiliates of the Israel on Campus Coalition. The coalition is an overwhelmingly powerful presence on American college campuses for which there is simply no equivalent on the Palestinian or Arab side. Its self-proclaimed mission is not merely to monitor our colleges and universities. That, after all, is the commitment of Campus Watch, which was started by pro-Israel activists in 2002. It is, rather (and in its own words), to generate “a pro-active, pro-Israel agenda on campus.”
    There is, accordingly, disproportionate and unbalanced intervention on campuses across the country by a coalition of well-funded organizations, who have no time for — and even less interest in — the niceties of intellectual exchange and academic process. Insinuation, accusation, and defamation have become the weapons of first resort to respond to argument and criticism directed at Israeli policies. As far as these outside pressure groups (and their campus representatives) are concerned, the intellectual and academic price that the scholarly community pays as a result of this kind of intervention amounts to little more than collateral damage. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/sept_oct_09_goldberg_makdisi

    • hophmi
      August 16, 2013, 1:34 pm

      “It is an extraordinary fact that no fewer than thirty-three distinct organizations – including AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, the American Jewish Congress, and the Jewish National Fund – are gathered together today as members or affiliates of the Israel on Campus Coalition. ”

      Yeah, this is a misleading statement. As I’ve said before, the authors suggest that all of these orgs are involved in campus activism. They aren’t. They merely support the Israel of Campus Coalition. And the notion that they overwhelm pro-Palestinian groups on campus is a fairly transparent lie; pro-Palestinian groups have little trouble conducting activism on campus, and do so through a large network of leftist and Muslim groups, usually coordinated through the campus Student Activist Union or some equivalent. I can count a far larger number of leftist and Muslim organizations with campus presence supporting the pro-Palestinian movement, from campus social orgs, to campus MSAs, and so on.

      Pro-Palestinian groups should give themselves some credit and stop playing the victim. This site regularly testifies to their widespread, well-funded activities.

      • talknic
        August 17, 2013, 3:28 pm

        hophmi

        ” They aren’t. They merely support the Israel of Campus Coalition”

        Who IS as their name suggests, involved in campus activism

        “And the notion that they overwhelm pro-Palestinian groups on campus is a fairly transparent lie…”

        Many Muslim groups offer study in Gaza or the West Bank? http://www.israelcc.org/home/opportunities/travel-study-in-israel

  6. DICKERSON3870
    August 16, 2013, 1:34 pm

    RE: “Josh Nathan-Kazis has a report in the Forward that with the blessing of Netanyahu the Jewish Agency for Israel plans to spend up to $300 million a year on a new p.r. campaign for Israel, principally in the United States, basically because the current efforts aren’t working.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: I wonder if Israel has learned any lessons from the failure of their current PR efforts.*

    * SEE: “Israel’s Covert, Racist, Abusive Online ‘Diplomacy'”, by Abby Zimet, CommonDreams.org, 8/16/13

    Israel’s propaganda wars are not, it seems, going well. It was bad enough when they started paying “covert units” of students to post pro-Israel messages on social media – much like similar campaigns in China, Russia and other freedom-loving regimes – without revealing the posts were part of a government effort, after already coming under fire for IDF soldiers’ military porn postings. Now Israeli officials have gagged the head of that covert PR campaign, part of Israel’s public diplomacy arm of the prime minister’s office, after he posted a series of offensive racist rants on his own Facebook page. Sample posts from Daniel Seaman: In response to a Palestinian negotiator’s call for the end of new settlements, “Is there a diplomatic way of saying ‘Go F*** yourself’?” and to Japanese commemorations for the 1945 victims of atomic bombs, “I am sick of the Japanese, ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Peace’ groups the world over holding their annual self-righteous commemorations… You reap what you sow” – this, from a PR honcho?

    SOURCE – http://www.commondreams.org/further/2013/08/16-1

    P.S. ALSO SEE: “Israeli government distances itself from senior official after series of offensive Facebook posts”, By Ben Lynfield, The Independent, 8/15/13
    • The online PR chief touched on Palestine, Japan and the Church of Scotland in his rants
    LINK – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israeli-government-distances-itself-from-senior-official-after-series-of-offensive-facebook-posts-8764220.html?printService=print

  7. dbroncos
    August 16, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Israeli flags, leaflets, bull horns, free food and all the cheerleading that money can buy won’t be enough to turn the tide on college campuses. Unless Zionists are prepared to buy the loyalties of America’s college students, in the same way that they’ve bought our elected officials, they won’t succeed. This is where the Zionist cash cow turns into a bag of bones. They don’t have enough money between them to offer hundreds of thousands scholarships and jobs to skeptical students who otherwise won’t be bought for an all you can eat buffet at the campus Hillel compound.

  8. seafoid
    August 16, 2013, 1:41 pm

    ““It hasn’t gotten us over the hump…. The issue is the scope, the scale, and to make sure whatever is being done really has measurable impact.”..”

    Sounds like Gen Westmoreland in ‘nam. He thought enough soldiers and bombs would swing it. But it was about hearts and minds. Same as in this case.

    “Hillel’s Ellen] Goldstein said that she is not concerned about potential objections to pro-Israel programming ”

    Every single mainstream Jewish org has been coopted into the YESHA project. All over the US, the UK, South Africa, France , you name it . The Zionists crushed all opposition a long time ago. Monocultures can be very dangerous.

  9. American
    August 16, 2013, 2:38 pm

    ”the plan would take a portion of the contributions made by American Jews to Jewish federations and send the funds to the Israel-based Jewish Agency, where they would be combined with government funds and sent back to the Diaspora for pro-Israel programming”>>>>

    rotflmao!…yea it makes perfect sense to send the US jewish fund to Israel to be ‘co-mingled’ with Israel funds–just so they can turn around and send ‘a portion’ back to the US.

    First, I wouldnt assume zio efforts on campuses are ‘failing’ that much……Second, I wouldnt assume that it takes much money to fund the zio campus activities, there are plenty of little committed zio students that dont have to be paid for their Israel
    advocacy. Third, I would assume that this money for campus activites is being raised for more ‘law warfare’ law suit assaults on US constutional free speech if anything. Fourth, I would assume like all the funid raising the Isr industry does–you never know where or what the money will go to.

  10. Tzombo
    August 16, 2013, 2:52 pm

    So spreading foreign propaganda in the US partially paid for by US funds: “A Jewish Agency for Israel plan currently in development would combine donor dollars from the United States with Israeli government funds to create what is likely the most expensive pro-Israel campaign ever.”

  11. MHughes976
    August 16, 2013, 3:28 pm

    We’re winning the argument, aren’t we?

  12. ritzl
    August 16, 2013, 3:53 pm

    Re: “It hasn’t gotten us over the hump…”

    It’s kinda funny, and more than a bit prophetic, that they actually think there’s a “hump” to get “over.” But I suppose at this point it’s either that or accede to change. I suspect these folks don’t do principled change very well. Maybe not at all.

    These guys sure seem to be milling around, pulling each other’s pants down, with the whole world watching, with internet counterpoint backup, including their cherished target audience.

  13. seafoid
    August 16, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Why does Israel need hasbara in the first place? Does any other country require the same sort of PR 24/7?

    I was reading something about postwar Poland in the New York Review regarding the Zionists who go on the “marches of the living’ to Auschwitz and ask stupid questions like “why didn’t the Poles fight the Nazis? “, thinking there is such a vastness of sloppy history to the Zionist project. And it’s as if only for hasbara the whole intellectual structure would collapse under the weight of its own shoddiness.

  14. piotr
    August 16, 2013, 4:32 pm

    300 mega bucks? This is [numerous expletives deleted] insane!

    It is a good illustration how a lobby, and this lobby operates.

    1) identify gullible marks

    2) convince them that they really, really need some desperate effort

    3) collect the money

    4) spend the money, keep the mark-up

    Here and there you can get pocketfuls of money from Indian tribe that want to operate casinos, foreign despots, domestic timber barons etc. but there are few veins as rich as Jewish gazillionairs afraid that one day they will have to flee Boca Raton, Apen or Houston for the only place on Earth kept safe for Jews.

    http://www.pfaw.org/media-center/publications/ralph-reed-the-crash-of-the-choir-boy-wonder/moolah-monkeys-morons-and-ree

  15. seafoid
    August 16, 2013, 5:08 pm

    Another p$sspoor New York Review article about Israel

    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/aug/15/what-future-israel/

  16. ckg
    August 16, 2013, 8:14 pm

    Won’t Hillel staff, paid in part from GOI funds, be required then to register under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act?

  17. Hostage
    August 16, 2013, 10:47 pm

    the Jewish Agency for Israel plans to spend up to $300 million a year on a new p.r. campaign for Israel.

    LoL! Maybe they should cut their loses and start with a program on Israeli campuses instead? You know, something designed to lure their existing Jewish Agency for Israel Fellows to Hillel and Hasbara Fellowship Interns working in the US back to Israel?

    Sure, they’d still loose quite a few of them, but they’d still be able to retain some of that valuable expertise and keep it on the Israeli government payroll. AskHerzl.com explains that assimilation and attrition takes a terrible toll:

    Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Each year students and professionals are forced to reinvent the wheel. The best programs and advocacy strategies are often lost because student leaders and professional mentors leave without preserving or sharing that knowledge with others.

    http://www.askherzl.com/

    [Hillel’s Ellen] Goldstein said that she is not concerned about potential objections to pro-Israel programming on campuses in the United States being funded directly by the Israeli government.

    Just spin it as a reform to the current system of conducting grassroots pro-Israel public propaganda campaigns using US taxpayer subsidized institutions and organizations that receive federal grants. That’s potentially less objectionable, e.g. The term “publicity or propaganda” is a term of art found in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress every year: “No part of any appropriation . . . shall be used for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States not heretofore authorized by the Congress. . . . The courts also agree with GAO that, by including the provision, Congress has indicated that at least the obvious cases of propaganda should be prohibited.” http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/publicity_or_propaganda

    • MHughes976
      August 17, 2013, 5:46 am

      If it takes about a year to think of an argument that even you consider plausible you’re in dialectical trouble. Didn’t happen to Socrates or Elijah.

  18. a blah chick
    August 17, 2013, 11:03 am

    Couldn’t that 300 million be better spent serving elderly impoverished Jews?

  19. Misterioso
    August 17, 2013, 5:36 pm

    The hand writing is on the wall. Israel and its supporters still refuse to read it.

    To wit:

    Ha’aretz, 8 May 2009: According to a high official with Israel’s current coalition government, the Obama administration “no longer seems to see Israel as a ‘special’ or ‘extraordinary’ state in the Middle East, with which the U.S. must maintain a different dialogue than with other states. ‘The feeling is that the dialogue and coordination with the Arab states and with Europe is today no less important to the U.S. and perhaps more so than with Israel,’ the official said.”

    In 2010, Join Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen received a bombshell briefing from senior military officers. The team was dispatched by Commander General David Petraeus to brief the Pentagon on intelligence that Israeli intransigence in the peace process was jeopardizing American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and America was perceived as weak, ineffectual, and unable to stand up to Israel. (http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/14/the_petraeus_briefing_biden_s_embarrassment_is_not_the_whole_story)

    Ha’aretz, January 13, 2012: “‘Israel is supposed to be working with us, not against us,’ ” Foreign Policy quoted an [American] intelligence officer as saying. ‘If they want to shed blood, it would help a lot if it was their blood and not ours. You know, they’re supposed to be a strategic asset. Well, guess what? There are a lot of people now, important people, who just don’t think that’s true.’”

    Ha’aretz, July 28, 2012: “Former U.S. officials say CIA considers Israel to be Mideast’s biggest spy threat”
    EXCERPT: “…despite statements from U.S. politicians trumpeting the friendship, U.S. national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat.

    “In addition to what the former U.S. officials described to AP as intrusions in homes in the past decade, Israel has been implicated in U.S. criminal espionage cases and disciplinary proceedings against CIA officers and blamed in the presumed death of an important spy in Syria for the CIA during the administration of President George W. Bush.

    “The CIA considers Israel its No. 1 counterintelligence threat in the agency’s Near East Division, the group that oversees spying across the Middle East, according to current and former officials.”

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4276276,00.html YNet News.com
    Sept. 3, 2012
    EXCERPT:
    “The United States has indirectly informed Iran, via two European nations, that it would not back an Israeli strike against the country’s nuclear facilities, as long as Tehran refrains from attacking American interests in the Persian Gulf, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday.”

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4390166,00.html
    Ynet , June 9, 2013
    Israel losing America

    Op-ed: “As US map of interests in Middle East changes, White House getting increasingly tired of our conduct.”

    By Eitan Haber
    Excerpt:
    “In recent years, the US map of interests in the Middle East is changing. The American interest in our region is decreasing, not to mention the fact that the US is getting rid of the dependence on Middle Eastern oil. We are losing the special status of the eldest and spoilt child in the eyes of the White House. To put it explicitly, the current president (and the next president, whoever that may be) no longer “works for us” and is increasingly returning to the format of the “problem child.” To put it in our words, it seems that we have burnt our dish in the kitchens of the White House and Capitol Hill. They are getting increasingly tired of our conduct.

    “We always have good answers to the American conduct: Look, listen, they’re unfazed. What can you do, that’s how our friends overseas are: Unfazed. But we receive the small answers from Washington both in leaks from the White House, including the president’s statements, and in appointments of senior officials who directly influence the US policy.

    “Many of those recent appointments are not fond of us, to put it mildly. Even US Jews, especially the young ones, no longer obey every single command coming from Jerusalem. And so we are slowly losing hold of the source of our life, thousands of miles from home. That may not be so crucial at the moment, but if and when it becomes crucial, it will be too late to wake up.”

    In its 2004 report, the U.S. Senate 9/11 Commission declared that “mastermind of the 9/11 attacks,” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s “animus toward the United States stemmed not from his experiences there as a student, but rather from his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.”

    In its analysis of terrorism, the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board concluded that “Muslims do not hate our freedom,…they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority [object] to what they see as one-sided support in favour of Israel and against Palestinian rights….”

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