Israeli Demonization Week

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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The title above may be a bit confusing, since the left and their media cohorts essentially treat every week as Israeli Demonization Week. So to be more precise: the official, organized, designated demonization of Israel known as Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is gearing up to launch later this month.

IAW is an annual (2012 is the eighth) international series of events held in cities and on campuses across the globe. It aims “to educate people about the nature of Israel” – by which it means to spread disinformation and propaganda – “and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns” in order to delegitimize it. They demand full equality for Arab citizens of Israel (who already have it), an end to what they falsely call the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands, dismantling of the security wall that protects Israelis from Palestinian terrorist attacks, and the Palestinian right of return, which would essentially mean the end of Jews in Israel.

The IAW program begins in Europe in late February, shortly afterward in the United States, then Canada, the “Arab World” (as the website refers to it) and South Africa early in March, and finally in “Palestine.” Its speakers, conferences, rallies, workshops, panel discussions, film screenings, protests, even “flash mobs” will help hammer home their monstrous lies about Israel. The speakers featured this year at IAW include:

Max Blumenthal, a vicious character assassin masquerading as a journalist. In addition to playing an entire deck full of race cards against Republicans in his capacity as smear merchant for such entities as Media Matters, the Nation Institute (funded in part by George Soros), and the Huffington Post, Blumenthal kicked off the Internet frenzy over The Path to 9/11, a $30 million ABC miniseries in 2006 about the history behind the 9/11 attacks. He claimed ridiculously that the project was a secretive “propaganda operation” on the part of a stealth conservative cabal in Hollywood, and sparked death threats against the director and writer thanks to his lies about their political agenda.

Palestinian-Canadian attorney Diana Buttu is an international law expert and former advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization. CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, notes many instances of the media-savvy Buttu’s distortions and outright lies about Israel; for example, she buttresses her argument that Palestinian violence is the result of Israeli military occupation with her often-repeated claim that not a single Israeli died from suicide bombings during the period of the Oslo peace process. CAMERA points out that in fact, 24 Israelis died from suicide bombings during this period, and 14 more by other means at the hands of Palestinian terrorists. Not to mention the Arab violence against Israelis that predates the latters’ control over the West Bank and Gaza. Jew-hatred, not “occupation,” is to blame for terrorism against the Israelis.

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  • theleastthreat

    Any day the Left calls you a racist is another day. The day you don't hear the Left calling you a racist means you've gone deaf.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Well said, least.

    Hatred of Jews was developed by Hitler to solidify his socialist party and now Jew hatred is being used to solidify the Muslim terrorists and their allies in the US Government and the leftist press to do the same. The Muslim faith as it is these days dehumanize Jews as monkeys and pigs to justify murder. Their philosophy is clear that when they finish with the Jews they will select another group and go after them.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    You cite CAMERA on Frontpage, but CAMERA is just another Hasbara and part of BENADOR ASSOCIATES which is dedicated to getting the USA into a war with Iran. Does the concept of a Hollywood cabal really freak you out? Imagine: a crappy screenwriter with no chance in hell of making a decent movie scribbles for a Hasbara in the hopes of whipping Americans into a wartime frenzy, like the people who were originally tried by the HUAC after their job of making pro-Russian propaganda was over. People like you.

    • reader

      One only can discern this much from flipside's incoherent ramblings these days. The more I read this post, the more I'm convinced that Flipside has a thing for Aaron Sorkin.

      • Boston

        Flipside is Geoge Soros' secret child.

        • guest

          more like soros's abortion that lived

          • WilliamJamesWard

            Flippie may be a pancake that missed the grill…………Get you to a
            Mosque Flippie and be punished for being and Infidel, heads up.
            William

    • Anonymous

      Anus-side doesn't know Hebrew, and thus doesn't properly use the word "hasbara" because of his lack of knowledge. He does use the word precisely as it is used on antisemitic websites, though, which neatly displays his "intellectual" genealogy.

      He is a piece of excrement with legs, arms and another appendage that exhibits a hole with brown teeth.

      We know his ilk by smell, but he is a little pisher compared to those we've survived.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Hasbara. Advertisement as warfare. Apologetics for Israel. A Zionist samizdat. You are not, not, NOT going to change that definition anytime soon.

        • koufaxmitzvah

          You don't even know how to define Zionism (or Apartheid), but, sure-sure, tell us all about Hasbara. Because you're not a hate filled maggot with no job but to spread lies about Jews and Israel in order to make yourself feel good. Then again, if I was you, I'd be scavaging the bottom of the barrel for things to feel good about myself, too.

  • maria

    vicious propaganda type of Nazists Gebbels one works on ignorant or corrapted people who is on ME oil money payroll. Israel future is Western civilization future, our future. We all including non-muslim antisemits should pray for Israel.

  • Marty

    This is all a sick joke, right? One can only conclude that the looney left and other conspiracy theorists whose stock and trade is hatred of America, Israel, and democracy simply have too much time on their hands. islamic hatred of Jews can be traced through the last 1400 years. Current palestinian manifestations are simply the most recent (and almost boring) chapter. The same old refrain is becoming tedious. Even mohamad's death is blamed on the Jews who are held responsible for poisoning him. Apparently, the poison took several years to have an impact. Pity.

    • stern

      Not so boring if you're an Israeli who lives in Sderot.

  • BS77

    Israel is NOT the problem in the Middle East. Look at Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iran or Afghanistan….hell holes of repression, chaos, poverty and endless violence. Why don't the leftist morons focus on the obvious? I guess they cannot run counter to their indoctrination and brainwashing in leftist dogma.

  • tanstaafl

    Look at Israel. Look at any Islamic pest hole and compare. Muslims cannot stand modernity.

  • maria

    Leftists/progressives/socialists/communists have the same common idea with Islamists: world domination. Socializm=Nazism=Islamism as well. Plus leftists leaders are on ME payroll if not directly some kind of indirectly. Saudis invest a lot of money to US most prestigous universities (Horward, Stanford, etc). So professors are depends on muslims investment and promote religion which aimed to annihilate them as non-muslims as well. They indoctrinate semi-or complitely ignorant youth with brain washed propaganda kind of that Islam is peace religion. Facts are have no sence for them. Useful idiots dig the grave for us and for themselves but money deprived them of any common sense.

  • pagegl

    The people leading the hate Israel movement are the ideological brethren of the SS and brownshirts.

  • NotaBene

    How long will it take for the argument to switch over and pro-Israel partisans begin describing apartheid as positive and necessary?

    Hell, Israel had a very cozy relationship with the RSA, up to the point of offering to sell them nuclear weapons.

    • stern

      Um, nota-so-very good, your first question is more than a trifle silly. Pro-Israel "partisans" (thank you) have not trouble criticizing that word (and the idea behind it), because there is no possible way it could ever truly describe the reality of Israel.

      • NotaBene

        If you have any substantive arguments I’d be thrilled to hear them.

        If the division of people – both physically and in terms of their legal status – based on race or religion isn’t apartheid, what is? Israel stands as a country which explicitly rejects the idea that a state should be a state of all it’s citizens. This is a rejection of modernity and of democracy both.

        Other countries commit grave human rights abuses, but the only country whose abuses are celebrated in America is Israel.

        • Advocatus

          "If the division of people – both physically and in terms of their legal status – based on race or religion isn't apartheid, what is?"

          So why don't you take that argument to Arab-Muslim countries, every single one of which does just that, including Turkey and Malaysia, those alleged paragons of progressive Muslim states?

          But to answer your point as per Israel: Israel Arabs enjoy full legal rights.

          And how are Israel's "grave human rights abuses" celebrated in America? You mean in Time magazine, the NYT, on CNN et al? Right. Get off your Kool-Aid and start imbibing something else.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            So if an Israeli robs a bank, I should take my argument to a Muslim who robs a bank?

          • Advocatus

            Yes, starting to put things a bit in context would help matters.

            Next question?

          • NotaBene

            Unless your point was 'two wrongs make a right' you didn't have one.

          • Advocatus

            See my comment to Flipside above. But carry on.

  • JH1

    Can someone please post a cheat sheet that I can print a bring to my local campus and refute many of the claims these IAW promoters are calling out?

    Thanks.

  • bruce

    pisslam needs to be exterminated and outlawed along with the commies in our republic before they can turn us into a dictatorship.

  • bruce

    notabene what do you have to say about the genocide that the negroes are doing against the white people?

    • Nakba1948

      Spend a lot of time at Stormfront.com, do we?

      • Ghostwriter

        This is one of the few times I agree with you. That statement was vile.

  • Ghostwriter

    Both Notabene and Flipside have repeatedly shown that they are anti-Jewish bigots. Unfortunately,bruce has made a similar comment about black people above me. These comments are disgusting and vile and should be condemned.

    • NotaBene

      Ha! Only when it comes to Israel does demanding democracy and legal equality make one a ‘bigot’.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      I beg to differ. I am not anti-Jewish. I don’t think real Jews advocate all this hatred.

      • Advocatus

        And who is a "real Jew" in your august opinion? One you happen to agree with?

        As for NotaBene: "Ha! Only when it comes to Israel does demanding democracy and legal equality make one a 'bigot'."

        Tired old pabulum that one. Israeli Arabs are so disenfranchised democratically that they have their own representatives in the Knesset. Try something else.

        Meanwhile, I haven't seen you "demanding democracy and legal equality" much for anyone else apart from the Palestinians. Now, why is that? The wonders of a one-track mind?

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          No. A real Jew is someone who has enough self confidence and intellect that no matter where he is, he is at home. Not these craven wusses whose every action must be explained in terms of attrition against anti-Semitic oppressors. Someone like Elia Kazan. No one here can hold a candle to him.

        • NotaBene

          You don't see me advocating for equal rights for everyone? Do you follow me around all day? I don't see you supporting equal rights for the North Koreans; WHY DO YOU LOVE COMMUNISM?

  • Nakba1948

    The very title of this piece illustrates the flaw in the Zionist mentality. This week isn't about YOU. It's about we, the Palestinians, and our rights, the rights that the Apartheid State routinely denies us. You myopic twits approach everything from the vantage point of victimhood, while completely ignoring your own victims. It's simple: Israeli Apartheid Week wouldn't exist if Israel DIDN'T PRACTICE APARTHEID. Jews and Palestinians would both be better off if Israel didn't exist.

    • reader

      Every time you keep spreading this poisonous lie, people should be given a cure of truth:

      http://www.amazon.com/Al-Yahud-Eternal-Islamic-En

      • Nakba1948

        A book on Amazon by two no-name authors with a single reader review is the best you have? Besides, this book has nothing to do with the very real apartheid charge. Here's a more credible pair of name for you: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I think they'd be in a slightly better position to recognize apartheid when they see it, don't you? http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/03/israel-and-apar

        Next Hasbara imbecile!

        • reader

          Oh yes, it does exactly that, i.e., dispells the entire phony nakba shpill, and hence the anger. Take a deep breath and fantasize about Aaron Sorkin, schmuck.

        • Western Canadian

          Neither of the two you mentioned can be taken seriously. Both are traitors to christianity, and embraced liberation theology, which is merely marxism, nuf said.

    • Advocatus

      "Jews and Palestinians would both be better off if Israel didn't exist."

      And here we are, another fine self-styled human rights advocate implicitly calling for the destruction of Israel. Wonderful.

      And we are supposed to take your seriously as a fair-minded observer of the Middle East conflict? You're nothing but a pathetic hate-filled crybaby.

    • Anonymous

      Here's a joke for you, Diarrhea1948:

      Man gets out of the plane in Riyadh, walks through the airport terminal to the street outside, goes to the taxi area, gets in a cab, says to the driver:

      "Take me to the Jewish neighborhood."

      Get it, anus face?

    • choi

      ONCE AGAIN:YOU SUFFERED NO nakba/catastrophe except the one caused by your Arab Leaders.
      YOU are NOT VICTIMS!
      YOU ARE THE OPPRESSORS!!
      You're NOT willing to live in peace with Israel,so YOU HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE.
      And it's YOUR ARAB/MUSLIM BROTHERS WHO USE and ABUSE YOU!
      23 Arab States,56 Muslim states ,and NO ROOM FOR Y-O-U????
      Cook a Finjan of coffee and wake up.

    • Ghostwriter

      I'm not worried about the Israelis,they don't want to kill me because I'm American. Your people,the Palestinians hate Jews and want them dead BECAUSE they are Jews. Your people also celebrated the terrorist attacks on 9-11. Your people also hate America and Americans and want us DEAD as well. So,I'm sorry if I'm not as sympathetic to your people as I am to the Israelis. The Israelis at least care about Americans. Your people don't and want us dead.

    • koufaxmitzvah

      If it's about you, Nakba, then why aren't you touting you? You are only bashing us. All you ever bring to the table are 10 pounds of lies.

      If you were really concerned about getting a state THEN YOU WOULD HAVE CONVINCED YOUR LEADERS TO ACCEPT ANY OF THE 3 STATE OFFERS DELIVERED BY 3 PRIME MINISTERS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

      Man. Some people are just determined to be victims forever. Your hate mongering idiocy is the only reason why nobody respects you. Loser.

  • KKKK

    all freedom-loving people must stand by Israel forever. she is the standbearer of resistance to jihad in our world today. if Iran attacks her, it is an attack aganist the WHOLE FREE WORLD! we must all stand by her. or we shall all hang seperetly.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    American Colleges are turning out dolts and uneducated lost souls who think what
    they know is real but come to the real world and are unable to deal with the debt
    false education has put on them. Considering the enormity of the problem it can
    not be a coincidence that so many graduates are holding useless degrees and
    a vacant future dependent on the government. As this unfolds the scape goat is
    brought to the scaffold (guess who) and the mob calls for blood. See the man by
    the corner, he is calling—-Pssssttttt—-wanna buy a degree in racial studies, just
    $5.00 a real bargain, cost $100,000.00………..it is unsigned, guess who can't
    write?……………………………………………………………………….William

  • RoguePatriot6

    Here we go again with the pathetically old and yet effective tactic of hijacking a noble cause and using it to promote a lie. Well, I must give it to liberals, they picked a truly villainous title "apartheid", to give to the Jewish state. Kind of like how the LBGT community hijack the Civil Rights Movement to promote their perverted lifestyle.

    I'm really trying to understand the motivation behind the hatred. Islamists, I can understand somewhat, it 's written in their hateful ideology, but citizens who live here in the United States? What is it for crying out loud? Because they are educated and successful? Because they have more money? What???? Why all of this BS about them trying to conquer our trademarkets and banks?
    Well, I have a theory, and it kind of goes back to the "unholy alliance" I talked about in another comment on an article. (cont'd)

  • RoguePatriot6

    Alot of liberals, hated this country since day one. They will side with any cause weather right, wrong or sinful, just as long as they know it will result in the eventual destruction of the fundementals this country was founded upon. Fundamentals and rights written in the blood of fallen patriots and the founding fathers. (MESSAGE TO IDIOT TROLLS: NO, I'M NOT SAYING THE FOUNDING FATHERS WERE PERFECT SO PLEASE HOLD BACK YOUR OLD AND TIRED CHANT, "THEY OWNED SLAVES") If it was Satan himself liberals would side with him simply because he is against their enemy, common decent God fearing citizens of this country. What they fail to realize is that the very things they "say" they are so much against like "religious persecution", they are actually promoting when they back these goons. (cont'd)

  • RoguePatriot6

    What they fail to realize is that Islamists are only using them until they have achieved power. If they study the ideology and the history for, just a little bit they would realize that alot of what they "say" they promote "separation of church and state, gay rights, freedom of all religions (except Christianity), anti-bigotry/racism"…etc, are oneway tickets to death sentences under Sharia. So, I ask, what do you or better yet, they, think will happen once the enemies of this country's ideas achieve, dominance?

    The will be discarded like the garbage, Islamists and their ideology, always viewed them as. What's truly sad is that you can't convince them of this. They will always say that we are the conspiracy theorists. Well, if you don't believe what I'm saying, then don't. Just read or better yet, just look at what's going on in all of the countries overcome by Islamic winter….eh…um….excuse me, Arab Spring, the brutal enforcement of sharia, the mass murder of Jews, Christians and Hindus, violence against women…etc.

    Then again, maybe this is just what liberalism is truly about. Nothing liberating that's for sure.

  • scotsirish

    These pathetic people are the pals of our President, Code Pink and all, disgusting and Helen Thomas ugly.
    I want a President who rails against such nonsense daily.
    I want a President who reminds the world that the Palestinians danced in the streets for a 911 celebration and who pass out candy after the slaughter of the Fogel family.
    I want a President who rightly demonizes Media Benjamin instead of hugging her and who realizes the brilliance and elequence of Bibi.