Posts Tagged ‘israeli palestinian conflict’

Full article @ ThinkScotland.org

MUCH HAS BEEN written about the conflict in the Middle East but few people really understand the complexities of the situation.
There  is not one simple answer but somehow, in the world of politics and propaganda, simplifying is the name of the game.

In advertising, this is called the USPUnique Selling Proposition.
Advertisers understand that if you want to change a significant number of peoples’ behaviors fast, you should focus on one single USP, repeating it over, and over, and again, and again. It has to be short and catchy and it should be emotional.

Tagging Israel as an “apartheid state” is just such a USP that disregards the difference between the South African native population and the Palestinian population.
South Africa, under apartheid rule, was a country that was ruled by a minority to the detriment of the majority of its citizens.

The state of Israel is a democracy that is ruled by the majority of its citizens including the 1.6 million Israeli Arabs who enjoy full democratic rights.
Palestinians living in Gaza might want their plight to be seen as a result of Israel’s existence but it is in fact autonomous and self-ruled and therefore, logically, there is no sign of apartheid here either.
That leaves the Occupied Territories that are not legally a part of Israel but are under Israeli government.
It is 100% true that the Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories do not enjoy the civil rights that their brothers enjoy in Israel or in Gaza since they are neither Israelis nor are they Gazans.
These people are living on land that is disputed and for which no agreement has yet been reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Of course, none the above can help the Palestinians to gain supporters to help their cause. Too much information, too complicated, too tiresome.

In advertising, this is called the USP

It is much easier to show pictures of hurt/dead babies (many of which are fake) or by calling for a boycott on Israel.
This is a simplistic message that is easily understood and easy to take to heart and this is the message that is calling for supporters of Palestine to bully artists and cultural figures out of performing for Israeli audiences.

The calls to boycott continue, supported by some genuine activists and a lot more gullible and naïve human rights supporters who get sucked in by a simplistic call to act without a good understanding of the complexities involved.

You want to unleash your power as a human rights activist?
Go ahead and do so. But before you do, get informed and distrust easy answers and solutions because this conflict is anything but easy.
Because if you don’t you might find yourself to be a Pawn in the grand scheme of the Palestinians who want to destroy the State of Israel not live alongside it.

 

 

During and following the ‘Pillar of Defense’ operation in Gaza, the international media had Israel in flames.  Ariel Zinger, an Israeli graphic designer made a new and more relevant version of his info graphic  comparing the Syrian war with Pillar of defense alongside with a simple question: Is Syrian citizens blood cheaper?

Introducing: world hypocrisy

 

How come there was so much international intervention in a mere 8 days of war while not half of the resources spent on High-profile Gaza, was dedicated to heavily distressed Syria?

The last 7 days in Israel have been hell on earth.
I don’t think any of you can judge or imagine what it’s like living here;

  • Repeated sirens
  • Home Front Command instructions to remain  in protected areas
  • Hamas’s takeover attempts of television broadcasts and their distribution of Horror Videos
  • All TV programs cancelled and only the news is on
  • Everyday cultural events cancelled along with almost empty streets

Today around 12 PM a massive explosion was heard in the streets of Tel Aviv, my city.
explosive charge was placed on a bus and exploded after the terrorist managed to escape.
Yes, Dozens of people are killed in Gaza as well. It’s true. It doesn’t mean that me, my family, my friends and my neighbors are now  free to be murdered.
Not a person in the world could or should live like this.
World, help us – STOP THE TERROR!

Cross Post ‘My Country is Under Attack. Do You Care?’ by: Arsen Ostrovsky 10/24/2012

I’m angry that in 2012, over 600 rockets have already been fired from Gaza with no end in sight. I’m angry that the world only notices when Israel undertakes its (sovereign) right to defend its citizens. Can you imagine if even one rocket was fired on Washington, London, Paris or Moscow? No nation on earth can, or should, tolerate such attacks on its people.

I’m angry that while the United Nations never hesitates to call a ‘special emergency session’ on the ‘Question of Palestine’ or pass the umpteenth resolution blindly condemning Israel, that I am still waiting for a session on the ‘Question of Israel’ and Palestinian terror. In fact, 24 hours after the rocket attacks started, I am still waiting for even one syllable of condemnation from the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly or Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

I’m angry that there are those who continue to call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Jewish State, but are silent in the face of Palestinian terror.

I’m angry that ships and flotillas continue to set sail for Gaza to show ‘solidarity’ with the Palestinians, but where is their solidarity with the people of southern Israel?

I’m angry that while human rights organizations like Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam and others do not waste a single opportunity to condemn Israel for human rights violations against the Palestinians, the human rights of Israelis are seemingly not important enough for them. Is Jewish blood really that cheap?
I’m angry that mainstream newspapers like the New York Times, lead their stories about the rocket attacks with such headlines as “Four Palestinian Militants Killed in Israeli Airstrikes,” and not “Palestinian Terrorists Rain Down Over 80 Rockets against one million Israelis.”

I’m angry that there is someone out there who does not know me and has never met me, yet still wants to kill me — for no other reason than being Israeli.

I’m angry when I hear residents in southern Israel say “we just lie on top of our children and try to protect them with our bodies” or that “we’re living on borrowed time” — yet the world seems oblivious to their desperate cries for help.

No, I am not angry. I am outraged.

Video originally posted by: israellycool.com

What happens when you take a little blonde and sweet-looking girl, dress her in “love” and “peace” shirts, and instruct her to to throw around over-dramatic crying and screaming?
you got it! An excellent, well-photographed News provocation!

IsraellyCool and Elder of Zion, two of my favorite bloggers, came up with this fantastic video showing how one little girl, with a proper guidance, can get so many news items by systematically provoking and teasing soldiers again and again for months – But only when there are rolling cameras around…

 

 

“The show must go on” was probably the most repeated sentence young BatSheva Ensemble dancers have heard in the last months. Protesters interrupt the their show in Edinburgh several times last week, but the dancers kept on dancing….

Photo By: Bradford-theatres.co.uk

“The company is supported by the state since 1965 when it was formed. It is supported by the idea that money has to go back to art. That is why we get money”. said Ohad Nahrin, BatSheva’s creative director, following the show at the debate session, regarding to  BDS activists accusations that BatSheva is financed by Israeli government.
Naharin had also shared his solidarity with Palestinian cause but fully opposed disruption the show.

Critics and viewers enjoy the show which did not stopped even once due to the protesters, and finally got their 5 stars review .

The BatSheva Ensemble European tour is now taking place.
I could only suggest BDS activists to stop and think; Is your violent overaggressive attitude really working? or maybe you should consider a more peaceful and civilized way of protesting?

 

 

 

Not an Anti-Semitic (?)

    “Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs. It polarizes the Islamic community of the world against the rest of the world”

Imagine that been said with a heavy Irish exigent on TV prime time, and this wasn’t it;

“Unless you deal with the problem of Israel and the Palestinians in that part of the world, there’s going to be conflict and disharmony. It’s a massive injustice – they stole the land from the Arabs.”

Last week, while Irish TV3 broadcaster Vincent Browne was talking about the second US presidential debate, he found the word Cancer appropriate to describe Israel, and as if that wasn’t enough, he finally determined that the land of Israel was stolen from the Arabs.

Anti-Israel-left -wing anchormen and reporters are not uncommon in the world wide media, but when a TV broadcaster is out with an anti-Semitic statement, refuses to apologize and is not being condemned by any major media entities, that is SCARY!

Is Mr Browne the dread of Irish media? or do his colleagues feel it is legitimate to refer to a whole nation as cancer?
since all major newspapers, TV and radio shows in Ireland almost completely ignored the Incident I would just have to assume Antisemitism is now an official Irish media agenda…

 

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