Israel: The state of hasbara

These Zionists are being taught Wikipedia-editing propaganda techniques, by the Israeli government, to perpetuate the lies of the regime. These are truly crazy people!

In classical Hebrew, “hasbara” simply means “explaining.” However, in modern Hebrew and in light of Israeli policy and diplomacy, hasbara is a much more complicated and loaded term.

Israeli version: “We Never Left: The Jews’ Continuous Presence in the Land of Israel” Truth, The Zionist invaders are not, and never were these Jews. The real Jews are being oppressed inside Israel. First-generation Israelis comprise only 32 percent of the population.

The modern meaning of hasbara indicates not only fabrications, half-truths, and downright lies, but also the framework that selectively disseminates Zionist propaganda as “facts” on behalf of the Israeli state, including its lobbies and their supporters around the world — especially in the United States and Europe.

This propaganda effort has been coordinated through several Israeli minsters to convince people to accept the Zionist narrative on Palestine.

From a Zionist perspective, every critic of Israeli policy — such as those who highlight Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and the illegal colonization of Palestinians lands — is classified as anti-Semitic.

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Israeli version of events. In reality, no evidence of fire arms on board the Mavi Marmara flotilla.

Moreover, the notion of a “threat” is a very crucial concept to understanding the politics and methods Israel uses to justify its actions — in practice as well as in theory.

Simply, the idea of a “threat” is an unethical instrument that Israel endlessly uses to perform it racist policies against the Palestinians. The framework — in which Israel produces, arranges, and regulates its Zionist propaganda — is known in Hebrew as hasbara.

Thus, hasbara contains many ideas such as “being threatened,” and “playing victim,” not only to place pressure on Western countries regarding the necessity of protecting the state of Israel unconditionally, but also to justify its unethical policies against Palestinians.

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“Hamas is using its own people as human shields.” Note the “IDF” is only armed with a sword and a shield. Forget the state of the art weapons,  fighter aircraft, helicopters,  tanks, drones,  WMDs and funding by USA. Hamas has none to defend the Palestinians.

Hasbara, a word for rectifying public relations

Israel lost its image worldwide after the second intifada in 2000, the war on Lebanon in 2006 and the last three aggressions on the Gaza Strip that killed thousands of civilians.

Hasbara has played different roles in trying to rectify the degradation of Israel’s reputation. One of the main aims of hasbara is to repair the image of Israel and to recover its ugly image of colonization, racism and apartheid policies.

To accomplish this, hasbara reverses the actual story, namely, by claiming Israel is a lonely democracy in the Middle East and that it is the only country that respects Western values, such as human rights and freedom.

Furthermore, hasbara tries to control and manipulate political discourse. For example, instead of focusing on primary issues, such as illegal settlements, hasbara attempts to divert attention to insignificant issues like the fact that Palestinian schools allegedly “teach children to hate Jews.”

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2,279 calories per person: How Israel made sure Gaza didn’t starve-haaretz.com

For instance, last December many protests took place in Germany in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. During the protests, some Israeli flags were burned in Berlin.

Consequently, the media discourse moved from the issue of supporting Palestinians rights and protesting against the injustice of the U.S. decision, to the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany, whether or not it is legal to burn foreign flags and whether foreigners in German should be expelled for doing so.

Accordingly, hasbara seeks to “positively” influence political discourse in Israel’s favor, particularly in Western countries.

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Israeli version: “The vast majority of the total land belonged to the government, meaning that when the state of Israel was established, it became legally Israel’s.”

To that effect, hasbara tries to spread a negative image not only of the Palestinian people and Arabs, but of Muslims in general. To accomplish this double mission, hasbara targets diplomats, politicians and the political and economic elite as well as the public through mass media.

This is also accomplished through institutes and government agencies as well as in universities, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), research centers and lobbies.

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Israeli version: “The Jewish National Fund began to collect money to purchase land in Palestine for Jewish settlement, eventually purchasing 92% of present-day Israel.” Truth: The Jews purchased a total of 7.33% of Palestine from its previous Arab owners, not 92%. – The Jewish National Fund Land Purchase Methods and Priorities, 1924-1939

Individuals such as bloggers and journalists, who sell a beautiful image of Israel, also contribute to hasbara. Notably, Israel offers hasbara fellowships, grants, scholarships, social media internships and even salaries for students to enable them to become advocates of Israel.

Hasbara also seeks to have an impact through different digital and mobile applications, which offer supporters of Israel the tools and information needed to spread pro-Israel propaganda through their online platforms.

 These applications promote Israeli tourism, for example, to show how Israel is a friendly and beautiful nation and not an occupying force. These applications also tell users how to write positively about Israel.

For instance the “Hasbara Handbook: Promoting Israel on Campus” is a brochure for university students who wish to be active on behalf of Israel. This brochure describes how to argue for the sake of Israel by emphasizing that “Israel is a democracy” and “Israel wants peace.”

It asks users to “focus on some of the most positive features of Israel and attacking the Palestinian leadership in an effort to allow people to view Israel favorably in comparison.”

This demonstrates that the state of Israel is a state built on propaganda, which is not only trying to repair its bad image, but also seeking to distort the image and suffering of the Palestinian people.

Hasbara presents Israel as a unique, strong and undefeated country in the Middle East that cannot be challenged by any power in the region. However in 2005, the Palestinian-led movement “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions,” also known as the BDS, was established as a nonviolent force of resistance against Israeli dominance and propaganda. Since then, Israel has been suffering the consequences of its hasbara policy.

As a way to counter the BDS, hasbara attempts to associate it with anti-Semitism. Thus, hasbara wants to change and reduce the popularity of the BDS movement by using the term “anti-Semitic” as an instrument.

Nevertheless, the more money and effort Israel spends on hasbara to counter the BDS movement, the more the BDS makes advances and grows.