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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Elul 1, 5769, 8/21/2009

      On Anti-Israel Propaganda


      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.