Let me congratulate Robert Fulford who published a defence of Israel
, or rather an attack on the style and methodology of Israel's cricis, writing in "When criticizing Israel becomes ritual" that
"Opposing Israel has become an institutionalized ritual....In my personal observation, enemies of Israel often turn out to be anti-Semites as well. The true agenda of anti-Israel activists often is reflected in their style of propaganda, and in the exclusive attention they give to one particular country...[their way is] a way of setting the final terms of an issue before it can be discussed. The most distressing quality of the attacks, however, is their singularity...Those who oppose Israel's policies have a right to their opinions and their anger, however unreasonable. And those, like me, who are infuriated by the relentless and totally selective drumbeat, also have a right to our grave suspicions."
What made me latch on to that?
Try these three examples of anti-Israel propaganda:
1. Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has rejected Israeli calls for an official condemnation of a Swedish newspaper article about organ harvesting, saying freedom of expression is a cornerstone of democracy.
Er, does he support publishing a new batch a Muhammed cartoons?
2. Five Israelis were taken in for questioning this week after they accidentally entered Palestinian-controlled Jericho. Israelis are forbidden from entering Jericho, defined by the military as Area A.
Is that "apartheid"? Or is the threat of Arab terror not included in that definition?
3. I read
that "Since 1947, the Christian Exodus from the Holy Land has reduced their numbers from 20% of the total population to less than 1.3%".
Really? Well, ask yourselves:
a. What is the territorial definition of "Holy Land"? Israel only, Israel and Judea and Samaria, Israel and Jordan, Jordan and Judea and Samaria?
b. Since 1947 to include the first Arab-Israel War initiated and launched by the Arabs in an aggressive illegal act of violating a UN resolution?
c. Can we have a breakdown: 1947-1949; 1949-1967; 1967-1993; 1993-2009?
d. How many Christian women have been raped by Jews, how many by Muslims?
e. Has the Christian population in Israel, within its Green Line borders, grown or decreased since 1948?
These three cases illustrate the lopsided battle that supporters of Israel from all over the world, no matter what nationality, gender, religion or race, have to deal with.
But we can do it.