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    ShinnerBot No.32564844524 ShinnerBot No.32564844524 is offline
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    Hasbara Industry: Why Israelís Army of Spin-Doctors is Doomed to Defeat

    Hasbara Industry: Why Israel’s Army of Spin-Doctors is Doomed to Defeat

    The Israeli government believes it is locked in an epic struggle to save Israel from the growing movement calling for an international boycott. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Israel must quickly “rebrand” itself to avoid pariah status.

    Ordinary Israelis are therefore being conscripted into an army of spin-doctors in a campaign termed “hasbara” – Hebrew for “public diplomacy”, or more literally “propaganda”.

    In the latest offensive, the education ministry has launched a compulsory hasbara course for Israeli students travelling abroad. All youth delegations are now required to learn how to justify to outsiders Israel’s policies in the occupied territories. According to officials, the students must challenge those who “seek to delegitimize Israel”.

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    The hasbara industry’s chief flaw, as Israeli political scientist Neve Gordon observes, is its assumption that “the merchandise is fine, and only the packaging needs to be replaced”.

    But rapid developments in information technology mean Israel has less control over its image than ever before.

    First it was 24-hour rolling news, then the internet. Now cheap smartphones make every Palestinian a potential documentary-maker, ensuring that moments of cruelty and oppression are captured and available for anyone who cares to look.

    Palestinians post online videos of their everyday abuse: from demolition of homes to stone-throwers being shot with live ammunition; from settlers burning crops to children being dragged by soldiers from their beds in the middle of the night.

    Last week 56-year-old Zaki Sabah, a familiar cake vendor in Jerusalem’s Old City, starred in one such video. Bystanders filmed him being savagely beaten by Israeli police on a busy road. Denied a permit for many years by the occupation authorities, Sabah has been repeatedly fined and jailed.

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    Critics of Israel, it is implied, are either inveterate dupes or unabashed anti-semites. Either they have been deceived by the Israel-haters, or they are haters themselves.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/07/...med-to-defeat/
    Troll techniques

    Turn up randomly asking question about Israel, trying to engage/educate.

    Guilt by association, they point to some source your are linked to as being anti-semitic or neo-nazi.

    Opportunity to redeem – the offer chance to recant from your naive ways.

    Smears and insults – if the top 3 fail then it’s just character assassination.

    Name bombing – using seo in blackhat ways to denounce and smear people. ie website with 37 mentions of someones name will prob get a Page one on Google.

    Hasbara trolls generally follow the rules of social networks, because they want to continue to influence people and subvert open and free debate.

    Perhaps in the name of transparency, our own resident Hasbara poster might share with us his sources, tool kits, and networks so that we may see that Israel is indeed an open and transparent friend of the west as it claims.
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    This is certainly an interesting subject but sadly, as soon as one of our resident Israeli propagandists sees this thread they will PM/email their Pro-Zionist moderator here, stringjack, to demand it is zoo'd, and as ever, stringjack will oblige!

    Zionists don't just control Palestine...
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    Even Melanie Phillips says it's a failure. Mind you some of the Palestinian staples have come unstuck as well; given all those cameras that B'tsalem handed out, the olive tree destruction meme remains largely unrecorded.

    http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/video-...ke/2014/02/26/
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxflinn View Post
    This is certainly an interesting subject but sadly, as soon as one of our resident Israeli propagandists sees this thread they will PM/email their Pro-Zionist moderator here, stringjack, to demand it is zoo'd, and as ever, stringjack will oblige!

    Zionists don't just control Palestine...
    Post #3 right on cue.

    BTW, Shinnerbot, stick a link in there; you know how weird the mods get over things like this, especially SJ.
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    Christ! More f**king Jew threads.

    You people need a hobby.
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    The lies and spin have been well documented, and not just by sources that are in any way suspect.

    The London Independent had this last year: Israel-Gaza conflict: The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts - Comment - Voices - The Independent

    It's notable that the spindoctor Luntz was employed by FF to try to buy votes.

    But the usual fools (why do so many have an underscore at the end of their anonymous usernames? Is it in the FAQ of the Israel Ireland Facebook page) swallow the crap hook, line and sinker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster View Post
    Christ! More f**king Jew threads.

    You people need a hobby.
    It's actually an Israel thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster View Post
    Christ! More f**king Jew threads.

    You people need a hobby.
    Just coz you hate Joos doesn't make you anti Israeli.............or something?
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    CookieMonster CookieMonster is offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ren84 View Post
    It's actually an Israel thread.
    Sure it is, petal.

    It just happens to be swarmed by the usual group of P.ie's Jew hating weirdos. One of them even liked your post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster View Post
    Sure it is, petal.

    It just happens to be swarmed by the usual group of P.ie's Jew hating weirdos. One of them even liked your post!
    Post liked as it nicely illustrates the very underhand tactics this thread invites discussion of.
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