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  1. just
    July 27, 2014, 1:37 pm

    Most excellent and appreciated.

  2. Kay24
    July 27, 2014, 1:48 pm

    I love this. It is perfect. It describes exactly the hasbara tactics and the usual BS they spew. I have responded to almost all the above crap, and called them out on it.
    Hasbara has not worked for them. The Israeli Ministry of (mis)Information, has invested so much on this pathetic attempt to counter the truth, and it all came to NAUGHT. They become a vicious group, so much like their illegal settlers.

    Good work.

  3. Les
    July 27, 2014, 2:02 pm

    Patrick Cockburn reveals who is the author of Israel’s talking points:

    Sunday 27 July 2014
    Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
    World View: The slickness of Israel’s spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz

    Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government spokesmen such as Mark Regev appear slicker and less aggressive than their predecessors, who were often visibly indifferent to how many Palestinians were killed.

    There is a reason for this enhancement of the PR skills of Israeli spokesmen. Going by what they say, the playbook they are using is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those “who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel”.

    Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked “not for distribution or publication” and it is easy to see why. The Luntz report, officially entitled “The Israel project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was leaked almost immediately to Newsweek Online, but its true importance has seldom been appreciated. It should be required reading for everybody, especially journalists, interested in any aspect of Israeli policy because of its “dos and don’ts” for Israeli spokesmen.

    These are highly illuminating about the gap between what Israeli officials and politicians really believe, and what they say, the latter shaped in minute detail by polling to determine what Americans want to hear. Certainly, no journalist interviewing an Israeli spokesman should do so without reading this preview of many of the themes and phrases employed by Mr Regev and his colleagues.

    Mark Regev Mark Regev The booklet is full of meaty advice about how they should shape their answers for different audiences. For example, the study says that “Americans agree that Israel ‘has a right to defensible borders’. But it does you no good to define exactly what those borders should be. Avoid talking about borders in terms of pre- or post-1967, because it only serves to remind Americans of Israel’s military history. Particularly on the left this does you harm. For instance, support for Israel’s right to defensible borders drops from a heady 89 per cent to under 60 per cent when you talk about it in terms of 1967.”

    How about the right of return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled or fled in 1948 and in the following years, and who are not allowed to go back to their homes? Here Dr Luntz has subtle advice for spokesmen, saying that “the right of return is a tough issue for Israelis to communicate effectively because much of Israeli language sounds like the ‘separate but equal’ words of the 1950s segregationists and the 1980s advocates of Apartheid. The fact is, Americans don’t like, don’t believe and don’t accept the concept of ‘separate but equal’.”

    So how should spokesmen deal with what the booklet admits is a tough question? They should call it a “demand”, on the grounds that Americans don’t like people who make demands. “Then say ‘Palestinians aren’t content with their own state. Now they’re demanding territory inside Israel’.” Other suggestions for an effective Israeli response include saying that the right of return might become part of a final settlement “at some point in the future”.

    Dr Luntz notes that Americans as a whole are fearful of mass immigration into the US, so mention of “mass Palestinian immigration” into Israel will not go down well with them. If nothing else works, say that the return of Palestinians would “derail the effort to achieve peace”.

    The Luntz report was written in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 and January 2009, when 1,387 Palestinians and nine Israelis were killed.

    There is a whole chapter on “isolating Iran-backed Hamas as an obstacle to peace”. Unfortunately, come the current Operation Protective Edge, which began on 6 July, there was a problem for Israeli propagandists because Hamas had quarrelled with Iran over the war in Syria and had no contact with Tehran. Friendly relations have been resumed only in the past few days – thanks to the Israeli invasion.

    Frank Luntz Frank Luntz Much of Dr Luntz’s advice is about the tone and presentation of the Israeli case. He says it is absolutely crucial to exude empathy for Palestinians: “Persuadables [sic] won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Show Empathy for BOTH sides!” This may explain why a number of Israeli spokesman are almost lachrymose about the plight of Palestinians being pounded by Israeli bombs and shells.

    In a sentence in bold type, underlined and with capitalisation, Dr Luntz says that Israeli spokesmen or political leaders must never, ever justify “the deliberate slaughter of innocent women and children” and they must aggressively challenge those who accuse Israel of such a crime. Israeli spokesmen struggled to be true to this prescription when 16 Palestinians were killed in a UN shelter in Gaza last Thursday.

    There is a list of words and phrases to be used and a list of those to be avoided. Schmaltz is at a premium: “The best way, the only way, to achieve lasting peace is to achieve mutual respect.” Above all, Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians should be emphasised at all times because this what Americans overwhelmingly want to happen. But any pressure on Israel to actually make peace can be reduced by saying “one step at a time, one day at a time”, which will be accepted as “a commonsense approach to the land-for-peace equation”.

    Dr Luntz cites as an example of an “effective Israeli sound bite” one which reads: “I particularly want to reach out to Palestinian mothers who have lost their children. No parent should have to bury their child.”

    The study admits that the Israeli government does not really want a two-state solution, but says this should be masked because 78 per cent of Americans do. Hopes for the economic betterment of Palestinians should be emphasised.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is quoted with approval for saying that it is “time for someone to ask Hamas: what exactly are YOU doing to bring prosperity to your people”. The hypocrisy of this beggars belief: it is the seven-year-old Israeli economic siege that has reduced the Gaza to poverty and misery.

    On every occasion, the presentation of events by Israeli spokesmen is geared to giving Americans and Europeans the impression that Israel wants peace with the Palestinians and is prepared to compromise to achieve this, when all the evidence is that it does not. Though it was not intended as such, few more revealing studies have been written about modern Israel in times of war and peace.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/israelgaza-conflict-the-secret-report-that-helps-israelis-to-hide-facts-9630765.html

    • just
      July 27, 2014, 2:15 pm

      I knew I disliked Luntz intensely wrt Dubya and more. I never knew wrote the hasbara handbook.

      Thanks for the info, Les.

      • Donald
        July 27, 2014, 2:20 pm

        Luntz showed up at Richard Silverstein’s blog when Silverstein wrote about this in 2009–

        link

      • just
        July 27, 2014, 2:23 pm

        I missed it completely. Jeepers!

        I think now is the perfect time to bring it up again, and circulate it far and wide. The hasbara lies are coming out fast and furious.

      • Donald
        July 27, 2014, 2:32 pm

        And I forgot all about the hasbara manual until someone mentioned it recently. There is so much crap put out on this issue one tends to forget things. I remembered Luntz showing up at “Tikun Olam” when Les mentioned Luntz.

      • seafoid
        July 27, 2014, 5:53 pm

        The 2003 hasbara guide for the Iraq war was also very interesting

        http://electronicintifada.net/sites/electronicintifada.net/files/artman2/1/luntzwexneranalysis.pdf

        Zionism has always mainlined bullshit

      • ckg
        July 27, 2014, 9:42 pm

        @Donald–Excellent link. There are very many familiar names in that discussion.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2014, 6:07 pm

        “I consider myself a critical, or progressive Zionist. I am in favor of Jewish self-determination in the land of Israel. I am also in favor of Arab self-determination in the land of Israel. I’m in favor of a single state that treats Jews & Arabs with equal rights.”

        That was Silverstein in 2009. Basically a mine-and-shaft guy, back then, anyway.

    • paabrhm
      July 27, 2014, 3:05 pm

      And let’s not forget that TIP is a 501 (c) 3 ‘nonprofit’! Why doesn’t the IRS go after these guys?

    • Kay24
      July 27, 2014, 5:51 pm

      Thanks for this very interesting article. Lots to digest, but it only confirms what we see and hear when so called Israeli spokespeople are being interviewed.
      They are no doubt slimy characters, whose main aim is to hoodwink the world.

  4. MRW
    July 27, 2014, 2:30 pm

    The cartoon is brilliant.

  5. W.Jones
    July 27, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Speaking of the exchange of ideas on the top, Chomsky has a new article in The Nation responding to the replies to his article: http://www.thenation.com/article/180756/israel-palestine-and-bds-chomsky-replies#

    Two of his key ideas are that the State’s system inside the Green Line cannot be compared to Apartheid (although he said otherwise in his interview with Safundi) and that international law offers only “weak reeds” in support of the Right of Return.

  6. Taxi
    July 27, 2014, 3:56 pm

    Great stuff! Thanks for putting it together.

    I’d like to add that the zios also like to fog it up 24/7 – they’ve spent trillions of Benjamins on trying to hide from view the bulky and cumbersome word: OCCUPATION.

    The word ‘occupied’ should always be attached to the word Palestine, cuz that in itself explains the plight of Palestinians in a most succinct, immediate and direct way. Hasbara fails in the face of this single truthful word. You tell people that Palestine is ‘occupied’ and they kinda get it quick. But they don’t get it at all if you don’t use the word ‘occupied’ – because the incessant, zionized msm and cyber hasbara have done their darnest to fog up this basic fact: Palestine is occupied.

    And if you happen to also let it be known that the Palestinians have actually been under occupation for 66 years, their land and resources shrinking smaller and smaller as time passes, people then tend to really-really get it – get where the Palestinian anger is coming from.

  7. seafoid
    July 27, 2014, 6:14 pm

    MJ (Mike) Rosenberg
    [email protected] Some people say I don’t know what anti-semitism is. I do and Israel’s actions in Gaza is actually an anti-semitism machine.

  8. seafoid
    July 27, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Elizabeth Tsurkov @Elizrael · 3h

    New Channel 10 poll: 87% of Israelis support continuing the operation in Gaza, 7% support a cease-fire

    Caption on Israeli Channel 10: “Up next, the greatest moments of Protective Edge on TV”

    Additional chants from last night: “Gaza is a cemetery”, “This is the Land of Israel, the country of Jews” http://bit.ly/1rM7Prj

    WATCH: Israeli racists sing last night “School is out in Gaza/ They have no children left there” http://bit.ly/1rM7Prj (starting 00:46)

    • Kay24
      July 27, 2014, 6:59 pm

      They are a blood thirsty nation. We have seen plenty of videos and pictures of Israelis attacking, chanting, calling for the obliteration of Gaza and the genocide of all the people. So this should not surprise us. These scenes always eerily remind me of the nazis, and their cries for the blood of Jews.
      History repeating itself, but in reverse.

      • Pixel
        July 27, 2014, 9:01 pm

        .
        To me, it’s not reminiscent of anything.

        To me it’s EXACTLY the same thing.

  9. seafoid
    July 27, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Right wing Israelis expressing themselves in Israel are anti hasbara

    https://twitter.com/Elizrael/status/493362454919774210

    Sign spotted today in Herzl Boulevard in Jerusalem: “There are No Innocents in Gaza” pic.twitter.com/CzwRmvrrbJ

    • Kay24
      July 28, 2014, 8:47 am

      To which the response should be “They are all blood thirsty in Israel”.

  10. seafoid
    July 27, 2014, 6:44 pm

    Elizabeth Tsurkov @Elizrael · Jul 26

    GRAPHIC: 2 Palestinians were lynched by 12 Israelis in Bet Hanina last night. Both are in horrible shape now

    https://www.facebook.com/sameh.aweadah/posts/10204416718688830

    • Kay24
      July 27, 2014, 9:50 pm

      Sounds like Jewish supremacy to me…they must have been wearing hoods too.
      Disgusting and cowardly.

  11. just
    July 27, 2014, 6:46 pm

    omg.

  12. seafoid
    July 27, 2014, 7:27 pm

    More hasbara :

    no daylight
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.607415

    “American Jews stand with Israel. At times of war and crisis, that’s the way it has always been, and this time is no different. Despite gruesome pictures of civilian casualties in Gaza, media coverage that is frequently critical of the Jewish State, and shrill and accusatory statements about Israel from UN officials and foreign diplomats, American Jewish support has been unwavering. ”

    And he’s Reform . Surely he’s unreformed.

    Despite the mass murder of children and the descent into madness, American Jewish support is unwavering. Once Israel is fully psychotic, we’ll still be there. Even if the death toll reaches 50,000, we’ll be there

    But nobody else will

  13. DaBakr
    July 27, 2014, 10:21 pm

    Or-there is Dylans son-in-law., Peter Himmelman and his contribution to Hasbara central.

  14. Marnie
    July 28, 2014, 1:23 am

    I’d forwarded a petition to my sisters/brothers in the US from change.org re: palestinians rights to return. I got a response from one brother that was positive and stone silence from my 4 other siblings but one sister. She let me know, much to her surprise, that she’d also gotten an email from a friend who was the voice of opposition. She said she votes republican and not “popular?” party and couldn’t sign a petition that was against that and only talked to people who held the same views. I can’t say I was shocked, just very depressed. I told her of course I understood why she would take the advice of a friend rather than her sister that actually lives in israel. I told her not to do anything – sign a petition or vote – unless she was following what her conscience dictated, not her husband, her party, her place of worship or me. I’m heartbroken, one of millions who are, and I can’t understand how just the evidence, thanks to the internet, of all of the young lives that have been, are, if not destroyed, at the very least forever broken by the latest war over who has the best God, whose God ordained what to whom, etc. If God made any promises, and I read that he did, He couldn’t have meant it for the maniacal ravenous beasts that have stolen and are occupying the land that “the other” had been born on, lived in, buried in, cultivated, tended and loved for generations before these unwelcome, uninvited thieves have stolen.

  15. Pixel
    July 28, 2014, 2:54 am

    TWITTER: 7:19 AM – 27 Jul 2014

    MJ (Mike) Rosenberg [email protected]

    I quit my synagogue in Chevy Chase, MD over the endless “Israel is always right” indoctrination. Had been a member 20 years.

  16. eljay
    July 28, 2014, 8:54 am

    >> MJ (Mike) Rosenberg [email protected]
    >> I quit my synagogue in Chevy Chase, MD over the endless “Israel is always right” indoctrination. Had been a member 20 years.

    1. Would he have been comfortable with a level of indoctination limited to “Israel is very frequently, but not quite always, right”?
    2. Has he also quit Zio-supremacism, or is he still part of the pro- “supremacist ‘Jewish State'” club?

  17. Qualtrough
    July 28, 2014, 10:27 am

    Great chart! I think it could use one more column, one with different varieties of ‘it didn’t happen’ and ‘we didn’t do it’, like the news today that the Israelis did lob a mortar shell into the school but it was an accident and nobody was killed.

  18. Robert Brooks
    July 28, 2014, 11:21 am

    The Gazaa Grid is a fantastic summary to too damned true.

  19. Mooser
    July 28, 2014, 12:03 pm

    ” that they offer cities of refuge to “

    I nominate Tel Aviv, and of course Jerusalem.

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