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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

How Israel could go on offense in the propaganda wars

Noah Pollak has some ideas of how Israel would behave if it were on the offense, rather than the defense, in the propaganda wars.
Quite a performance! Wouldn't it be remarkable if the Israelis had gotten ahead of the story by making their own accusations and demands? Here are a few ideas of the kind of concrete action the Israelis could take -- if they had the stones to really take a stand.

1. Expel the Turkish ambassador and declare his return contingent on a full, credible, and public Turkish investigation of the terrorist organization that planned and funded the "aid flotilla."

2. Publicly demand reparations from Turkey for the costs of the operation, including the medical bills of the thugs and Jew-haters who have been given such lovely medical care in Israeli hospitals.

3. Demand a UN investigation of why Turkey is funding terrorist organizations that are involved in attacks on Israel.

4. Fund a Kurdish human-rights NGO in Israel -- there are lots of Kurdish Jews who I'm sure would be happy to help -- that raises awareness of the plight of Kurds in Turkey. (Short answer: they are treated horribly.) This organization must publicize the apartheid conditions of Kurdish life in Turkey and churn out op-eds, studies, videos, and press releases denouncing Turkey's brutal and racist treatment of its own minorities.

5. Fund a Turkish-language documentary on the Armenian genocide, upload it to YouTube, and promote it heavily in Turkey. If Erdogan wants to call Israel a criminal and a murderer, there's no reason why Israel shouldn't return the favor on this most sensitive of issues.
Whoosh! I like it. Of course, it wouldn't do much good since there are those who will never achieve balance on any story involving Israel, but it would warm the hearts of those of us who support Israel to see such a pushback when these nations culpable of their own gross violations of human rights get on their high horse to denounce Israel for trying to defend herself.


Rick Caird said...

William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has suggested that since Turkey is so concerned about those living in Gaza, they will, of course, recognize the need for aid convoys to the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

Of course, since these would merely be aid caravans, Turkey would have no reason to inspect them. Sauce, Goose, Gander.

MarkD said...

Excellent suggestions

Christopher said...

As Christopher Hitchens recently pointed out, Israel has recently shared the Turkish perspective on Armenian genocide and such a switch may look cheap (though admittedly not as cheap as dismissing the genocide in the first place).