Start ‘Birthright’ earlier and hire conservative professors– to stem ‘national security issue’ of Jewish kids abandoning Israel

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Earlier today I posted news accounts of “devastating” new data on young Americans’ feelings about Israel, as compiled by Fern Oppenheim of the Brand Israel Group. I’ve now watched Oppenheim’s speech to the Herzliya conference, which was published yesterday. Her message was that the portion of Jewish college students who don’t like Israel is higher than that portion of college students overall, and this is a “national security” issue for Israel, and the answer is hiring more conservative professors and starting the Birthright program of free trips to Israel earlier. (The minimum age is 18, now.)

Let me summarize the speech.

Oppenheim’s goal is to make sure that mainstream Americans keep a connection to Israel. “Delegitimization needs to be fought on many fronts,” she said, from academic to legislative; but unless Israel improves its communications, “nothing else we do is going to work.”

We are allowing Israel’s enemies to define her and we are not creating a narrative about Israeli society– and the conflict is an integral part of that– about the totality of the society that is going to resonate with the groups in the U.S. that Israel is at risk of losing. And morality is a critical part of that.

Fern Oppenheim of the Brand Israel Group at the Herzliya conference, June 2017

Ten years ago her organization held focus groups in the U.S. to determine, What is the underlying image of the Israeli in the American psyche? And they determined that Americans see only “a sliver of Israeli society.”

Americans perceive Israelis as ultra-religious… and steeped in conflict… When they see this, They can’t relate… We’re starting from a negative place. Ultra-religious and steeped in conflict come with a host of misperceptions. Not diverse, not tolerant, not decent, not moral. And just starting out, it’s fertile ground for the people who want to negatively brand and delegitimize Israel.

Oppenheim’s group segmented the American population to assess, what percent of the US market is core supporters of Israel– “really unshakeable.” What percent of the US market is “unreachable.” And who’s in the middle. She addressed donors:

The reason you do this– Mr Adelson– to all the funders in the room– the reason you do this is  you want to allocate your resources to where they can be most effective. If you’re spending all your money trying to reach the unreachable, it’s not going to work. If you’re spending all your money on the core, they’re with you.

Who are these people in the middle? And what issues do they have with Israel and what do we need to do to overcome them?

In 2016 the core support of Israel among Americans is just 15 percent.

I want you to know that in 2010 it was 22 percent. That is a drop of a third. Where did those 7 percentage points go? Six went to the groups in the middle, one went to unreachable.

Who are the people in the middle?

They’re college students, they’re Jewish college students, they’re minorities, they’re Democrats, they’re the political left. The truth is if if Israel was not being negatively branded, we could leave these people alone. But Israel is being negatively branded, and to some degree we are misunderstanding the message of BDS to those people…

84 percent of college students are in the middle. But Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is reaching out to them, with a unified message about Israel’s morality:

My goal is to explain to you based on the study we just conducted… what it is possible to do at this point to blunt the effects of BDS and to win this war. The first thing we need to do is understand the mindset of the college student and how he hears delegitimization….

When he hears Israel is an apartheid state, what he’s hearing is, Israelis don’t treat people the way we do. This is a fight about values, morality and the humanity of Israeli society. These kids… they’re thinking Israelis are not like us.

And that is a potential crisis:

The research we just conducted shows that less than 50 percent of the next generation of Americans believe they share Israeli values. If the next generation doesn’t believe we have shared values, it’s really a national security issue.

The two big goals in combating BDS are: 1, “We can’t let the middle go,” and 2, Jewish kids.

The portion of Jews who are “unreachable” on Israel is bigger than that of the general population!

A significant new problem is the rise of an unreachable segment of Jewish college students. Among the general population in the U.S. 9 percent are unreachable, college, 11 percent. Jewish college, 13 percent.

The unreachable number is even higher among “unaffiliated Jews,” those who are not in congregations or Jewish groups– 17 percent.

But the proportion of core supporters of Israel among Jewish students is much higher than the general population: 32 percent, to 15 percent. So there’s a big battle inside the Jewish community.

We need to be doing two things with these people. We can’t wait till they get to college. We’ve got to be showing them the human face of Israeli society from an earlier age. We need to be starting Birthright earlier. We really need to be telling them about Israeli life and creating connection at an earlier age. And the second critical thing we need to do is support the efforts on campus right now of liberal professors who are beginning to deal with intersectionality and creating coalitions on campus to promote critical thinking and diversity and hiring conservative professors to offset the toxic culture. Starting in 2013, it isn’t even any more are you pro Israel or anti-Israel. It’s intersectionality. The narrative now is that are you an oppressor or a victim. And Israel is only a part of that. We really have to begin to address the culture on campus.

So, looking at the middle, and getting to Jewish college students before they reach college, Oppenheim concludes: “These are the things I think that will begin to blunt the delegitimization efforts.”

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  1. Keith
    June 23, 2017, 5:14 pm

    This article raises two issues that are critical to understanding Israel and Zionism. The first is how important imperial support is to Israel. A corollary observation is that Israel could not conceivably be intended as a safe haven for Jews if it is dependent upon mostly Gentile imperialists for survival as a Jewish state. If all of the world’s Jews made aliyah, who would remain to insure imperial support? The second point is that, mythology notwithstanding, far from the Diaspora needing Israel as a safe haven, it is Israel which needs the Diaspora to remain “a villa in the jungle.”

    As an aside, American Jewish fat-cats do benefit from Israel and Zionism as an ideological basis for kinship, but that is another issue.

    • JWalters
      June 23, 2017, 9:29 pm

      Excellent points. Bottom line – Israel is in dire need of better ways to lie to the public, and especially American Jews. If they could get Congress to make illegal the exercise of free speech, that would be a big help. Perhaps Netanyahu should give a speech to Congress and make the pitch? Maybe send Hillary on a speaking tour explaining why BDS should be illegal?

      • Annie Robbins
        June 23, 2017, 9:36 pm

        If they could get Congress to make illegal the exercise of free speech,

        that’s probably going to far, just make an israel exception clause. free speech except for those advocating for a free palestine, or free speech except those criticizing the state of israel which would amount to hate speech.

      • JWalters
        June 23, 2017, 9:42 pm

        Annie,

        Tactically you’re probably right. But I wouldn’t underestimate the insanity and arrogance of long-range Zionist goals.

      • RoHa
        June 23, 2017, 11:17 pm

        “free speech except for those advocating for a free palestine, or free speech except those criticizing the state of israel which would amount to hate speech.”

        That’s pretty much the way things are now, isn’t it?

      • Keith
        June 24, 2017, 10:08 am

        ANNIE- “…just make an israel exception clause.”

        That is more or less what has happened and is happening. Look at Europe and the laws against anti-Semitism which include criticism of Israel, and against “Holocaust denial” which includes demeaning the Holocaust by comparing it to other examples of mass murder or by saying that Zionism exploits the Holocaust. And these laws did not come about following World War II to protect a powerless minority from potential threat. No, they are recent and reflect the considerable power which Jewish Zionists wield. Power to control the narrative and limit the discussion. As Joel Kovel notes:

        “Zionism is Jewish power- worldly and state power: military, economic, and ideological, too. It is the power, which to paraphrase Thomas Hobbes, is the “capacity to give names and enforce definitions,” including the definition that collapses the meaning of Jewishness into the support of Israel….” (p133, “Overcoming Zionism”, Joel Kovel)

      • Talkback
        June 24, 2017, 12:24 pm

        RoHa: “That’s pretty much the way things are now, isn’t it?”

        Maybe, but it’s not efficient enough. The clause should be:

        This amendment can be restricted by or on behalf of Zionists.

      • Talkback
        June 24, 2017, 12:48 pm

        Let’s consider these clauses from Israel’s Basic Law “Human Dignity and Liberty:

        “1. The purpose of this Basic Law is to protect human dignity and liberty, in order to establish in a Basic Law the values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”

        “8. There shall be no violation of rights under this Basic Law except by a law befitting the values of the State of Israel, enacted for a proper purpose, and to an extent no greater than is required.”
        https://www.knesset.gov.il/laws/special/eng/basic3_eng.htm

        The US could adapt this:

        There shall be no violation of amendments except by a law befitting the values of a Jewish state.

  2. gamal
    June 23, 2017, 7:59 pm

    the stuff in italics, some one paid for that and read it out in public? brass neck that woman has.

    stupid and sinister, but most of all, its the echoes of the Yemeni babies “creating connection at an earlier age” the Zionist are now colonizing the diaspora, they want your babies,

    that Oppenheimer girl has got some brass neck, is her audience entirely composed of comatose octogenarians?

    i think it unlikely that, judging by this, that it will be necessary or even sensible to boycott Brand Israel, her whole study is rubbish, waffle,

    we need to get them young oh my, always simmering beneath the surface the promise of compulsion,

    Zionism is coming home.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 23, 2017, 9:11 pm

      she’s right about one thing, it’s not an effective strategy focusing on the core supporters or the unreachable, it’s those in the middle who should be targeted. this is something i’ve written about before, the american middle. this is the target of bds.

      did anyone watch the maccabee on campus guy who came on at 28 minutes? very agressive, this is the guy funded by adelson to target college campuses (and stay in the background). he claims pro palestine supporters are “bullies” but he’s like a bulldog himself. it’s a don’t miss speech. following his advice is probably the worse way to influence “at risk” students, so i hope they keep him on. talk about a zero-charisma rah rah camp-councilor/cheerleader. who wouldn’t want to just repel him — like off a cliff!

      • LHunter
        June 23, 2017, 10:06 pm

        I agree – BDS couldn’t have selected a better candidate to do his (their) work

        Keep him on the right side of the cliff for as long as needed – then repel him – pom poms and all

    • JWalters
      June 23, 2017, 9:40 pm

      “get them young”

      Before they can think. Ironically, this was a key purpose of the Hitler youth movement. It helped prepare the nation for senseless war.

      • oldgeezer
        June 24, 2017, 10:54 am

        @JWalters

        In all fairness the original impetus for the boy scouts was also to prepare the young for a lifetime of service to empire. For many a much shortened lifetime mind you.

    • echinococcus
      June 23, 2017, 11:57 pm

      gamal,

      the Zionist are now colonizing the diaspora, they want your babies

      Nothing new there. The tribe the Zionists pretend to represent has always got them right at birth. It has always been a racial thing.

  3. LHunter
    June 23, 2017, 9:35 pm

    The business of deceit. Segmented and targeted cohorts for conversion. Statistics, focus groups, power point presentations, massaging and couching the message, and free trips to ZioLand for the potential born agains.

    Can the truth compete – screw that – overcome such a well contrived assault?

    Thank you Mr. Weiss – great read as usual.

  4. JosephA
    June 23, 2017, 10:05 pm

    This is excellent journalism.

    P.S. Where is fat bastard?

  5. eljay
    June 23, 2017, 10:15 pm

    … We are allowing Israel’s enemies to define her and we are not creating a narrative about Israeli society …

    The finest narrative created about a serial rapist doesn’t change the fact that he’s a serial rapist. “Israel’s enemies” aren’t “defining” Israel, they’re describing it as it is: An oppressive, colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

  6. RoHa
    June 24, 2017, 1:56 am

    “We are allowing Israel’s enemies to define her and we are not creating a narrative about Israeli society … And morality is a critical part of that.”

    We need a narrative that disguises the fact that the conception, creation, and conduct of Israel are all totally immoral.

  7. Ossinev
    June 24, 2017, 7:23 am

    @Annie
    “it’s a don’t miss speech. following his advice is probably the worse way to influence “at risk” students, so i hope they keep him on. talk about a zero-charisma rah rah camp-councilor/cheerleader. who wouldn’t want to just repel him — like off a cliff!”

    Thanks for directing us to this. He certainly is a “charmer” as in would you buy a used car from him.

    Loved the cross- pollination construct.It sounded vaguely laboratory. Still any port in a BDS storm.The cellphone invention claim was predictable but as posed by him it was an absolute hoot and the idiot didn`t realise it = he was saying basically that the invention of a communication technology(alleged) somehow made a people moral.

    What I did not hear and what wasn`t mentioned in Phil`s piece(understandable as it focused on students and campus issues) was the impact of growing assimilation and intermarriage on the views held by American Jews about Israel and it`s policies. I would be interested to know if there are “initiatives” within the Pro-Israel lobby to stem or counteract this.

    @JWalters
    “Before they can think. Ironically, this was a key purpose of the Hitler youth movement”
    You beat me to it. Yes a straightforward Machievellian indoctrination strategy but they can`t claim to have invented it.

  8. Tzvia Thier
    June 24, 2017, 9:29 am

    Start from birth and brainwashed will be 100%!

    • Bont Eastlake
      June 24, 2017, 9:51 am

      Would this be considered as form of child abuse, and the adults emerging from the brainwash process victims?

      • Citizen
        June 26, 2017, 5:29 am

        “The experience of the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany constitutes a massive case of child abuse. Out of millions of basically innocent children, Hitler and his regime succeeded in creating potential monsters. Could it happen again today? Of course it can. Children are like empty vessels: you can fill them with good, you can fill them with evil; you can fill them with compassion.”
        Alfons Heck as quoted in Heil Hitler: Confessions of a Hitler Youth, VHS (New York: Ambrose Video Publishing, 1991).

      • Bont Eastlake
        June 27, 2017, 8:01 am

        Zionism is a monster that will spare no one in its lust for power. Palestinians are their victims through overt violence, (some?) Israelis are their victim through manipulation and psychological abuse. Jew or Muslim or whatever, if your against Zionism your the enemy to be crushed through whatever means possible.

  9. Misterioso
    June 24, 2017, 10:55 am

    Israel: 69 years of trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.

    Despite the $millions upon $millions the Zionists have poured into its hasbara campaigns, Israel is increasingly viewed around the world as a pariah, a brutal/illegal occupier, oppressor, ethnic cleanser and serial violator of hard won international humanitarian law, especially among all important youth, including more and more Jews. Zionism is in big trouble. No surprise.

    Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: “I cannot…. I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state…. I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives.” (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)

    Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”

    • Nathan
      July 5, 2017, 10:06 pm

      “I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state….” This prediction of Freud from 1930 that you have brought to our attention turned out to be incorrect. Now I wonder if your observation that “Zionism is in big trouble” is something to be taken seriously. The pariah state (that Freud predicted would not come into being) seems to be thriving, literally bursting at its seams with unprecedented numbers of tourists. You also state that the way things have turned out is “no surprise”. It is, therefore, quite puzzling that you bring us the quote from Lessing J. Rosenwald who predicted that the founding of a Jewish state “might well have incalculable consequences”. “Incalculable consequences” and “no surprise” are contradictory. Maybe you should consider giving us quotes that corroborate your point of view.

      Anyway, besides trying to understand what you mean by “pariah”, there is another concept that I’d like to understand: “illegal occupation”. It would seem that if the adjective “illegal” is necessary in order to describe an occupation, then obviously it means that there is also the concept of legal occupation. If all occupations were by definition illegal, then there would be no need to say “illegal occupation” (“occupation” would be enough). However, everyone commenting here says “illegal occupation” (or “illegal occupier”), so obviously there is a parallel phenomenon known as a “legal occupation”. So, do you have an example of a legal occupation that we could compare with an illegal one? Since the parameters of Israel’s rule of the West Bank were agreed upon in Oslo 2 (Sept 1995), and Arafat himself signed the document, wouldn’t that fall into the category of “legal”? Thanks.

      • Talkback
        July 6, 2017, 3:25 pm

        Nathan: “So, do you have an example of a legal occupation that we could compare with an illegal one?”

        A beligerent occupation has to be temporary, because it violates the right to self determination. Colonializing a territory also makes an occupation illegal. Using its resources (like water, etc) beyond the need of the occupying forces is also illegal. Applying the occupier’s law in occupied territory is also illegal. Actually I don’t know where to stop when it comes to Israel’s illegal occupation. Jerusalem is even illegaly annexed.

      • Mooser
        July 6, 2017, 3:50 pm

        “Anyway, besides trying to understand what you mean by “pariah”,

        “Pariah”? Pariah: they call the wind Pariah. Everybody knows that.

      • MHughes976
        July 6, 2017, 4:49 pm

        I think that the British occupation of part of Germany in 1945 was legal and ethical, in that there was no pretence that the territory was ours and it was clear that the intention was to maintain order until a legitimate government, enfranchising the local residents, could be installed. I think we even stopped the Danes from reclaiming territory that they had some reason to think was theirs. It is not illegitimate – does not make the occupation into an evil thing overall – for an occupying power to punish war criminals or to take certain reparations for their own damage in war, though clearly there is a danger of excess and vindictiveness.

      • Sibiriak
        July 9, 2017, 8:02 am

        Misterioso: Israel is increasingly viewed around the world as a pariah…[…[Zionism is in big trouble.
        ————————–

        Israel is facing increased criticism but is still far from being a pariah state.

        In addition to the support from the U.S. and other western states, Russia and China are making huge free trade and investment deals with Israel.

        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4877405,00.html

        http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2017-03/21/content_28622702.htm

        http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/russian-pm-Medvedev-israel-trade-talks-1477492445

        https://www.rbth.com/news/2016/06/08/eaeu-israel-free-trade-agreement-could-boost-economic-ties-putin_601197

        And then there’s India:

        India’s Narenda Modi is in Israel for an historic 3-day trip. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to make the visit. India has a history of supporting Palestinian rights, but that has started to shift. India and Israel recently signed a weapons deal worth $2 billion. And though it’s common for foreign leaders visiting Israel, Modi won’t be meeting with Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas.

        https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/indias-rightward-drift/

      • Sibiriak
        July 9, 2017, 9:03 pm

        “Modi’s visit to Israel signals the end of solidarity”

        http://www.iol.co.za/sundayindependent/analysis/modis-visit-to-israel-signals-the-end-of-solidarity-10202034

        […] As Modi made the first visit of a sitting Indian prime minister to Israel last week, the optics suggested that the two countries would be the closest of allies. Modi dressed in the colours of the Israeli flag – blue and white, and articulated the slogan “India for Israel”.

        While Modi claims that India supports the two-state solution, there was none of the fanfare and symbolism of solidarity when Modi met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this year. Modi has opened a new era in India-Israel relations – forging collaboration and trade in defence, technology, agriculture, tourism and pharmaceuticals.

        The developments signify that the age of solidarity on human rights causes in India is over. By standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and expressing solidarity with Israel, India is accused of abandoning its commitment to upholding the rights of colonised people to fight for their freedom. Furthermore, activists allude to India’s failure to uphold universal rights that it once rightly claimed for itself.

        Modi’s foreign policy towards Israel is what Israel has wanted to achieve – to ensure that pivotal countries in the developing world forge close relations with Israel, thereby breaking the global south’s solidarity with the Palestinian people.

        What Netanyahu pulled off through Modi’s visit was nothing short of a diplomatic coup. Israel will expect India to vote with it at the UN and in other international bodies, and the hope is that other countries follow suit. […]

        ———————————————

        “India & Israel ink $4.3bn worth of deals, push for closer economic ties”

        https://www.rt.com/business/395567-india-israel-trade-pacts/

        […] According to a joint statement, the two countries will focus on the development of defense products that include the transfer of technology from Israel, with an emphasis on Modi’s signature ‘Make in India’ initiative. Earlier this year, Israeli companies signed arms deals with India totaling over $2.6 billion.

        We have identified great business opportunities for Israeli companies in India in sectors such as transport infrastructure, including roads, railways, civil aviation and traffic management systems, smart cities, renewable energies, water and environment, automotive, food, naval and aerospace industries and defense,” Shraga Brosh, co-chair of the India-Israeli CEO forum, was cited as saying by Reuters.

        Bilateral trade is expected to surge from the current $4-5 billion to $20 billion in five years, the statement said.

      • Bont Eastlake
        July 9, 2017, 11:33 pm

        India is mirroring America in its rising support for Israel. The right wing of Indian politics employ supremacist ideals, Islamophobia, anti-socialism, neoliberalism and state violence to secure their power.

        The Hindu right who are main supporters of pro-Israel foreign policy also have a positive view of Trump that sharply contrasts the view of South Asian-descent Americans and many of their own countrymen.

        It seems Zionism attracts a certain breed of people wherever it gains exposure. Racists, narcissisists, submissive authoritarians…generally unpleasant peoples in my view.

      • Mooser
        July 10, 2017, 11:51 am

        “India is mirroring America in its rising support for Israel.”

        Just shows, you never know where white supremacism will turn up.

      • Sibiriak
        July 10, 2017, 12:58 pm

        “The only supremacism that matters is white supremacy.”
        –Bont Eastlake

        http://mondoweiss.net/2017/07/palestinian-movement-boycott/#comment-883639

  10. Tony Greenstein
    June 24, 2017, 11:26 am

    People are being very negative about Fern Oppenheim’s excellent talk. It can only be another example of the all pervasive antisemitism we are experiencing these days

    I particularly like the idea of starting Birthright earlier. As the Jesuits used say, give me a child until he is 7 and we will have a child for life. I know some of u antisemites will cry “indoctrination’ but I expect no better. Indeed the rabbis should make it compulsory to make a visit to Israel part of the circumcision process.

    • Misterioso
      June 24, 2017, 12:16 pm

      Anyone with an IQ over room temperature “will cry ‘indoctrination.'”

    • LHunter
      June 24, 2017, 3:34 pm

      Yup that would be indoctrination – oops am I now branded an antisemite? Throw in antizionist as well if that makes you feel better

      The world is changing, faster than you think. Wielding the antisemitic sword for criticising Zionist policies has now become laughable, inane. Back into your Zio-toolkit you go

      • ToivoS
        June 25, 2017, 1:33 am

        Tony’s comment was surely sarcasm.

  11. ToivoS
    June 25, 2017, 1:45 am

    Of the many jarring statements made by Oppenheim the one that jumped out to me was that she wants to encourage critical analysis in schools. That would not be good for Zionism.

  12. Citizen
    June 26, 2017, 5:30 am

    Informative article, Phil–thanks.

  13. Citizen
    June 26, 2017, 5:39 am

    In 2016 the core support of Israel among Americans is just 15%, yet among elected politicians it’s 100%. That’s absolutely so in the federal Senate.

  14. German Lefty
    June 26, 2017, 3:35 pm

    I would like to know how Oppenheim defines the core group and the at-risk group. Do the so-called “liberal Zionists” belong to the core group or to the at-risk group?

  15. Rusty Pipes
    June 27, 2017, 6:16 pm

    There have always been programs to start Zionist indoctrination early for children whose families are connected to Jewish institutions, like Zionist summer camps and high school confirmation class trips to Israel. Birthright is specifically designed for students who have not had a chance to visit Israel, including students who have not been in the network of Jewish institutions. It’s hard to imagine how Birthright could identify unconnected young people before they enter college. More funding for scholarships for existing programs, like camps and class trips, might increase the participation of minors in Zionist immersion experiences. Since parents have to sign permission forms for children under 18, I question how willing they would be to sign their child up for the full Bedouin Tent experience for which Birthright is becoming known.

  16. Elizabeth Block
    July 5, 2017, 2:40 pm

    Where are they gonna get all those Zionist professors?
    And no, Israel’s enemies aren’t defining it. Israel’s actions are doing that.

  17. Ossinev
    July 6, 2017, 3:57 am

    @nathan
    “Anyway, besides trying to understand what you mean by “pariah”, there is another concept that I’d like to understand: “illegal occupation”. It would seem that if the adjective “illegal” is necessary in order to describe an occupation, then obviously it means that there is also the concept of legal occupation. If all occupations were by definition illegal, then there would be no need to say “illegal occupation” (“occupation” would be enough). However, everyone commenting here says “illegal occupation” (or “illegal occupier”), so obviously there is a parallel phenomenon known as a “legal occupation”. So, do you have an example of a legal occupation that we could compare with an illegal one? Since the parameters of Israel’s rule of the West Bank were agreed upon in Oslo 2 (Sept 1995), and Arafat himself signed the document, wouldn’t that fall into the category of “legal”? Thanks.”

    Wow Hasbara interbreeding with semantics = Hasmantics.

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