Too many people think it's wonderful and clever, but using sarcasm is one of my main "no no's" when I give my advice/course in hasbara, the art and science of being an effective spokesperson.
Pro-Palestinian activists arriving Sunday at Ben-Gurion Airport as part of the anti- Israel fly-in dubbed the “flytilla” will be greeted with a sarcastic letter noting that while they could have chosen to protest the brutality in Syria, Iran and Gaza, they opted instead to protest against the “Middle East’s sole democracy.”With people as religiously scrupulous in the belief and observance of Leftist Liberal (note the capital "L") dogma, you can't expect them to see the humor or inconsistency or hypocrisy or illogic in their beliefs and actions. They are chareidi-Leftists who pride themselves on their unstinting support for Arabs versus Israeli Jews and their creative excuses for overriding logic and facts.
“Dear activist,” starts the letter that will be translated into a number of different languages for the participants in an event formally being called “Welcome to Palestine.”
“We appreciate your choosing to make Israel the object of your humanitarian concerns,” the letter continues.
“We know there were many other worthy choices.”
The only sort of therapy, or deprogramming would have to be physical, such as their being mistaken for Jews and attacked so seriously that the physical scars would be permanent. Even though, in all honesty, I think they'd still blame it on the Jews for creating a situation that caused the Arabs to feel so "desperate."
About twenty-five years ago, or more, early into the intifada, which I consider one long internationally supported terror action against Jews in the HolyLand, a neighbor and I were being interviewed in my house by a female Danish reporter. I can still picture us at the dining room table trying our best to answer her questions. The reporter was obviously subjective in her feelings, beliefs, ideology, politics. At one point she said:
"The Arabs stone the Jews in order to get the world's sympathy."She looked at me with horror and my neighbor looked under the table for a quick escape. She didn't see the irony or idiocy in her statement nor the sarcasm in mine. There's nothing we can do to get the world's sympathy in the true sense of caring about us and our future.
"Do you mean that if we stoned the Arabs we'd get the world's sympathy?" I quickly replied.