Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Irony of It All

Hat tip: IMRA

This sort of headline always gets me:

Emphasis mine.  It sounds like the Qassam is self-powered.  And to make matters worse, damage is always pooh-poohed as minor.  Hamas isn't strongly blamed/condemned, although they should be!  Israel's Hasbara, PR stinks. That's the most polite word I can think of.  Instead of rebranding us as "club Med" with bagels and bimbo-filled beaches, we should be telling the truth about Arab attacks and terrorism.  At the same time, it should be made clear that our city streets are safer than the popular big cities around the world.  And tourists should be taken on Bible tours to be shown Jewish History where it happened.  Yes, places like Shiloh, which only has a Jewish History.  No other people have a national history here in the Holy Land.

Another point:
If the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel thinks that Arabs in "east" Jerusalem are suffering because MDA Ambulances need security to travel there, then let them go in their own ambulances sans security.  And while they're at it, let them set up their own hospitals and clinics at their own expense.

The MDA crews are human and desrve the Human Right of safety.  Too many MDA ambulances and crews have been attacked by Arabs on their way to help.  They need security escorts because the Arabs attack them.  Let the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel put the blame where it really should be, on the very Arabs they are defending.


Keli Ata said...

Next thing you know, Hamas will be saying Israel is attacking Israel with kassams and the media and world will gobble it up hook, line and sinker.

I think the only English language media outlet most people outside of Israel are aware of it the J Post and I don't know how they portray current events there.

I knew nothing about modern Israel until I started reading A7 in 2005, around the time of the expulsions. Between that and the You Tube videos I found myself getting up at 4 AM EST because I was so worried and had to find out what was happening, so public relations can be quite effective in conveying the truth about Israel, and powerfully at that.

But (sigh) I've read other comments on videos such as those involving attacks on Sderot so to refer back to one of your previous articles, I don't think anti-Semitism/anti-Zionist can be wiped out.

People either are raised with a hatred of Jews and Israel or...the opposite values are instilled in them by their parents.

Just my two cents. I could be wrong.

Keli Ata said...

Another trend--Hamas indeed isn't being condemned as strongly as they should. Part of the problem could also be the disturbing trend among some media outlets (PBS in particular) to refer to Hamas as Palestinian Security Forces as the terrorists are no different from the IDF, Israel's military.

The media makes little distinction between terrorists and a nation's military.

Keli Ata said...

The Palestinians want to be free from Israel (hence the many Free Palestine videos/comments on Yout Tube, then let Israel withdraw all support and let other Arab nations help them.

You don't see many Arab countries running to the aid of the Palestinians, all of which makes me believe that even among Arabs the Palestinians are regarded as scum.

Batya said...

Yes, keli, besides the blogs and a7, there isn't much really pro-Israeli, even on the internet.