Israel’s ’60 Minutes’ attributes success of boycott movement to unending settlement of West Bank

Israel/Palestine

In “Boycott goes prime-time in Israel,” Larry Derner at +972 reports that the country’s leading news broadcast, Channel 2, covered the boycott movement in a fair manner, and attributed its growing success (it is damaging many Israeli businesses) not to anti-Semitism but to Israel’s policy of colonizing the West Bank.

And the show stated that the Israeli government is countering the movement with tired hasbara — propaganda — as always. I.e., that’s what leading American TV shows are giving Americans re boycott… Israeli propaganda. Derfner:

On Saturday night the boycott of Israel gained an impressive new level of mainstream recognition in this country. Channel 2 News, easily the most watched, most influential news program here, ran a heavily-promoted, 16-minute piece on the boycott in its 8 p.m. prime-time program. The piece was remarkable not only for its length and prominence, but even more so because it did not demonize the boycott movement, it didn’t blame the boycott on anti-Semitism or Israel-bashing. Instead, top-drawer reporter Dana Weiss treated the boycott as an established, rapidly growing presence that sprang up because of Israel’s settlement policy and whose only remedy is that policy’s reversal…

Weiss likewise ridicules Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who runs the government’s “hasbara war,” as he puts it. Weiss: “Yes, in the Foreign Ministry they are for the time being sticking to the old conception: it’s all a question of hasbara. This week the campaign’s new weapon, developed with the contributions of world Jewry: (Pause) Another hasbara agency, this time with the original name ‘Face To Israel.’” She quotes the co-owner of Psagot Winery saying the boycott is “nothing to get excited about,” that people have been boycotting Jews for 2,000 years, and concluding, “If you ask me, in the last 2,000 years, our situation today is the best it’s ever been.” That final phrase, along with what Weiss describes as Elkin’s “conceptzia,” are the same infamous words that Israelis associate with the fatal complacency that preceded the surprise Yom Kippur War.

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