Israeli propaganda arms like Stand With Us wield a massive apparatus to depict Israel as peace-seeking eternal victims. Case in point was a counter to journalist Abby Martin’s interview on the Joe Rogan show. Stand With Us (SWU) posted a video that went through Martin’s remarks and presented some legitimate counterpoints. Unfortunately and admittedly, Martin used some hyperbole. As messaging, one must be careful of that, because it can be debunked. But after picking off the low-hanging fruit, SWU goes on to kvetch about the blow back that comes from oppressing and displacing Palestinians for 70 years. Fraco!
At The New Nationalist (TNN), we believe in fair play and recognize that there are two sides to every conflict. So readers can watch the video for themselves and judge accordingly.
Beyond the counterpoints, SWU employed the standard one-trick-pony anti-Semite diatribe. Israeli and Jewish propaganda seems to work off the same tired script. The same labels — “haters,” “notorious,” “anti-Semite,” “Nazi”, “ridiculous,” “smear,” “vile,” etc. — are repeated over and over again to the point that they become counter-productive. In fact, we strongly sense that this engenders a Streisand effect whereby more precocious observers develop enough curiosity to go see what the fuss is about.
This propaganda tries to operate in a vacuum, as if Israelis don’t engage in behaviors that bring about reactions and even hatred. The saying about those in glass houses really rings true. Aristotle gave good guidance on the concept of hatred. As we proceed through this exercise, consider the following quotes:
“Anger derives from what happens to oneself, whereas enmity arises without [the offense] being directed at oneself. For if we believe that someone is a certain kind of person, we hate him.”
“To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.”