The Walls will fall from within

Israel Apartheid WallIsrael has no hope, while its leadership is crumbling down their political figures start pointing fingers to each other for the state of affairs of the Zionist entity, the  disbanding of the heads of the state will lead the Apartheid State to finally meet its end.
The avalanche that started rolling in 2005 when the Boycott Sanctions and Divestment movement started to take form is rolling down stronger and bigger, together with the recent assault to the Gaza strip that left half millions homeless,  indiscriminately high number of civilians killed have the eyes and ear of the world in Israel judging the ‘Jew State’ as the fascist dictatorship, the killing machine.  Israel has been called Genocidal, psychopath that executed thousands of civilians in different events,, the latest this last summer that killed more than 2500 Palestinians. Israel list of extrajudicial killings  is long, the number of victims in Palestine since Israel was inserted in the Middle East number in the hundred of thousands, the refugees in the millions.  Over the years Israel color of victim have wore out to expose its true colors.
The Palestinian lands were illegally given to a group of European victims of the Nazi Holocaust in 1947 in a well crafted plan to disposes  millions of native of their lands and homes

Leftist MK Stav Shaffir (Labor), a former leader of the social protest movements, hailed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision Tuesday night to disband the coalition government, firing ministers Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni.
“The time has come for the public in Israel to internalize that and act together with us to finally replace the government in Israel,” said the young leftist MK, who has vocally opposed the Jewish presence in Israel’s Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.
Former Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Carmi Gillon on Saturday night launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government.

“Israel is headed today by a bunch of pyromaniacs and is being led by an egomaniac to its final destruction,” said Carmi Gillon, who spoke at a demonstration by leftists protesting against the Jewish State Law outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem.

“The Jewish State Law will eat the body of the entire nation like a cancer. The continuation of the radical and messianist policy on the Temple Mount will bring about a Gog and Magog war against the Jewish people,” he added.

This is the side of Israeli politics seldom seen by the western world and harsh words coming from a man who was once responsible for Israel’s domestic security.

The Gatekeepers: In New Film, Ex-Shin Bet Chiefs Denounce Occupation, Compare Israel to Nazi Germany – Amidst a spate of killings by Israeli forces of unarmed Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, we turn to the stunning Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Gatekeepers.” The film brings together six former heads of Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, collectively speaking out for the first time ever. They detail their methods against Palestinian militants and civilians in the Occupied Territories, including targeted killings, torture, recruiting informants, and the suppression of mass protests during two Intifadas. But in doing so, they also criticize the occupation they were assigned with defending, and warn successive Israeli governments have endangered their country’s future by refusing to make peace. We’re joined by the film’s director, Dror Moreh.

| Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts!

Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts ~ PATRICK COCKBURN, The Independent.

World View: The slickness of Israel’s spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz!

Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar fire. But on television and radio and in newspapers, Israeli government spokesmen such as Mark Regev appear slicker and less aggressive than their predecessors, who were often visibly indifferent to how many Palestinians were killed.

There is a reason for this enhancement of the PR skills of Israeli spokesmen. Going by what they say, the playbook they are using is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those “who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel”.

Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked “not for distribution or publication” and it is easy to see why. The Luntz report, officially entitled “The Israel project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was leaked almost immediately to Newsweek Online, but its true importance has seldom been appreciated. It should be required reading for everybody, especially journalists, interested in any aspect of Israeli policy because of its “dos and don’ts” for Israeli spokesmen.

These are highly illuminating about the gap between what Israeli officials and politicians really believe, and what they say, the latter shaped in minute detail by polling to determine what Americans want to hear. Certainly, no journalist interviewing an Israeli spokesman should do so without reading this preview of many of the themes and phrases employed by Mr Regev and his colleagues.

Mark Regev

Mark Regev

The booklet is full of meaty advice about how they should shape their answers for different audiences. For example, the study says that “Americans agree that Israel ‘has a right to defensible borders’. But it does you no good to define exactly what those borders should be. Avoid talking about borders in terms of pre- or post-1967, because it only serves to remind Americans of Israel’s military history. Particularly on the left this does you harm. For instance, support for Israel’s right to defensible borders drops from a heady 89 per cent to under 60 per cent when you talk about it in terms of 1967.”

How about the right of return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled or fled in 1948 and in the following years, and who are not allowed to go back to their homes? Here Dr Luntz has subtle advice for spokesmen, saying that “the right of return is a tough issue for Israelis to communicate effectively because much of Israeli language sounds like the ‘separate but equal’ words of the 1950s segregationists and the 1980s advocates of Apartheid. The fact is, Americans don’t like, don’t believe and don’t accept the concept of ‘separate but equal’.”

So how should spokesmen deal with what the booklet admits is a tough question? They should call it a “demand”, on the grounds that Americans don’t like people who make demands. “Then say ‘Palestinians aren’t content with their own state. Now they’re demanding territory inside Israel’.” Other suggestions for an effective Israeli response include saying that the right of return might become part of a final settlement “at some point in the future”.

Dr Luntz notes that Americans as a whole are fearful of mass immigration into the US, so mention of “mass Palestinian immigration” into Israel will not go down well with them. If nothing else works, say that the return of Palestinians would “derail the effort to achieve peace”.

The Luntz report was written in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 and January 2009, when 1,387 Palestinians and nine Israelis were killed.

There is a whole chapter on “isolating Iran-backed Hamas as an obstacle to peace”. Unfortunately, come the current Operation Protective Edge, which began on 6 July, there was a problem for Israeli propagandists because Hamas had quarrelled with Iran over the war in Syria and had no contact with Tehran. Friendly relations have been resumed only in the past few days – thanks to the Israeli invasion.

Frank Luntz

Frank Luntz

Much of Dr Luntz’s advice is about the tone and presentation of the Israeli case. He says it is absolutely crucial to exude empathy for Palestinians: “Persuadables [sic] won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Show Empathy for BOTH sides!” This may explain why a number of Israeli spokesman are almost lachrymose about the plight of Palestinians being pounded by Israeli bombs and shells.

In a sentence in bold type, underlined and with capitalisation, Dr Luntz says that Israeli spokesmen or political leaders must never, ever justify “the deliberate slaughter of innocent women and children” and they must aggressively challenge those who accuse Israel of such a crime. Israeli spokesmen struggled to be true to this prescription when 16 Palestinians were killed in a UN shelter in Gaza last Thursday.

There is a list of words and phrases to be used and a list of those to be avoided. Schmaltz is at a premium: “The best way, the only way, to achieve lasting peace is to achieve mutual respect.” Above all, Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians should be emphasised at all times because this what Americans overwhelmingly want to happen. But any pressure on Israel to actually make peace can be reduced by saying “one step at a time, one day at a time”, which will be accepted as “a commonsense approach to the land-for-peace equation”.

Dr Luntz cites as an example of an “effective Israeli sound bite” one which reads: “I particularly want to reach out to Palestinian mothers who have lost their children. No parent should have to bury their child.”

The study admits that the Israeli government does not really want a two-state solution, but says this should be masked because 78 per cent of Americans do. Hopes for the economic betterment of Palestinians should be emphasised.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is quoted with approval for saying that it is “time for someone to ask Hamas: what exactly are YOU doing to bring prosperity to your people”. The hypocrisy of this beggars belief: it is the seven-year-old Israeli economic siege that has reduced the Gaza to poverty and misery.

On every occasion, the presentation of events by Israeli spokesmen is geared to giving Americans and Europeans the impression that Israel wants peace with the Palestinians and is prepared to compromise to achieve this, when all the evidence is that it does not. Though it was not intended as such, few more revealing studies have been written about modern Israel in times of war and peace.








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| Gaza counter-propaganda: Hearts and minds won with tweets!

Hearts and minds won with tweets ~ Patrick Keddie, Morning Star.

“I am proud to be part of this army of tweeps,” says activist Ola Anan, as she addressed around 80 young Gazans in Shalehat resort, Gaza City. They had gathered to discuss their efforts in the social media war with Israel during Operation Pillar of Cloud – the recent eight-day Israeli offensive on the Palestinian territory.

As Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with F16 missiles, shells and drone strikes, and Palestinian fighters targeted Israeli cities with rockets, a parallel battle of information and narrative was taking place online.

It was fought with a barrage of personal experiences, photographs and links to footage shared across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and personal blogs.

Maram Humaid, 21, began tweeting in French during the offensive in order to directly convey what was happening in Gaza to the francophone world because few Gazans speak French. She prefers Twitter as a “more effective and open alternative to the mainstream media.” She had around 200 followers before the conflict, now she has over 2,000.

Humaid was forced to stay at home during the war as it was too dangerous to venture out, but she insists that “you can spread reality with a computer and be a journalist from your bedroom.” She had to contend with a daily cut in electricity for eight hours a day during the conflict and her lengthy Twitter silences caused her followers to send concerned messages.

The imbalance of the physical war intruded into the battle on cyberspace when social media activists from Gaza had to overcome problems that their Israeli counterparts did not face.

Some Gazans found ways of getting round the frequent electricity cuts by texting friends or family in the West Bank, who posted tweets on their behalf. Others were helped by their dirty and expensive diesel-fuelled generators that are used when the electricity fails.

Although many activists were trapped in their homes, many continued to work recording the sounds of explosions, smashing glass and sirens in their immediate neighbourhoods and posting them online via audioboo – a program that allows users to share audio files.

Sameeha Elwan, 24, recently returned to Gaza after completing a havemaster’s degree in Durham. She opted to primarily use Facebook during Pillar of Cloud in order to escape the limitations of Twitter’s 140 characters and build a coherent story. “I was trapped in my house,” she tells me, “so I had to write about my family, our fear, our aspirations and the horror of the situation.”

Internet use is very common amongst young people in Gaza and most people at the talk have been active online for a long time.

However, some began tweeting and blogging because of the conflict and others became more politicised. Ahmed Al-Farra switched from tweeting in Arabic about all aspects of his life to tweeting news about the violence in English. His followers rose from 200 to 1,600.

An 2006 report commissioned by BBC governors on the impartiality of BBC coverage of the occupation noted significant shortcomings including the “failure to adequately convey the disparity in the Israeli and Palestinian experience, reflecting the fact that one side is in control and the other lives under occupation.”

Research conducted by the Glasgow University Media Group – outlined by Greg Philo and Mike Berry in More Bad News from Israel – suggests that much of the mainstream media has reproduced sophisticated Israeli public relations information, often without offering an alternative Palestinian perspective.

Much of the motivation driving the social media activists from Gaza is a desire to redress the perceived imbalance in reporting on Gaza. There is widespread anger with the mainstream media among young Gazans who are demanding their right to be heard.

Few Palestinian voices emerged in the mainstream media’s coverage of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s previous large-scale offensive on the Gaza Strip, which lasted three weeks between late 2008 and early 2009.

In the latest round of violence, the use of social media in Gaza has become more prevalent and sophisticated – allowing Palestinians to project their narrative and experiences in their own words. Those clicking on the Twitter trending hashtags of #Gaza and #GazaUnderAttack could gain an insight into the personal experiences of ordinary people in Gaza under the offensive, in a way that was much more limited in previous conflicts.

Blogger and “tweep” Rana Baker spoke of her struggles with balanced reporting in a conflict that is inherently unequal. After initially being diplomatic and careful, she says that eventually she took the attitude that “OK, yes I support the resistance, and those who don’t like it, go bang your heads on the mountains.”

There was a consensus among the Gazan activists that they had been largely successful in conveying their messages and information during Pillar of Cloud but there were still significant problems.

Some activists were worried about tweets inadvertently helping the Israeli military identify targets. Others were concerned that the limited, fragmentary nature of Twitter was not enough to present a coherent story that goes beyond hard news. Sameeha Olwan urges activists “to write stories now about our personal experiences or it will be forgotten.”

As is often the case, information and speculation on social media provided false information. In some areas, local Palestinian radio reported incorrect information from Twitter – this led them to call for the wrong houses to be evacuated. In some instances photographs from the conflict in Syria were wrongly identified as being from Gaza.

Israel seizes on these mistakes and, as one activist put it, “we have plenty of photos from Palestine. It is stupid to make these mistakes as it allows Israel to debunk our narrative.”

Many of the activists recognised that Israel is more sophisticated in its use of social media and public relations and they need to reach its level. The official Twitter profile of Israeli military – @IDFspokesperson – has over 200,000 followers.

Some activists referred to the Israel Project‘s guide which advises how to effectively practice “hasbara” (explanation) – the Israeli term used when referring to their public diplomacy efforts to disseminate information about Israeli policies.

Palestinian activists are keen to develop their own guide to enhance the effectiveness of their message and attain Israeli levels of sophistication in their communication.

This Gazan “army of tweeps” had gathered in order to compare war notes, spark ideas and become more organised as a movement. As they leave the meeting, the mood was buoyant. “I have been to many of these events and never seen anything like this amount of people,” says activist Yousef Aljamal.

Social media users in Gaza are already preparing for the next war – which most people think is inevitable – in order to organise and fight Israel in an online battle for hearts and minds, truth and reality, and the right to be heard.