For over a decade, the nation branding campaign Brand Israel has sought to “wash” the crimes of occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing by carefully crafting the image of Israel as a progressive, forward-thinking oasis of modernism in the Middle East. The campaign has appropriated elements of both the LGBT and environmental movements to advance these goals. Such “pinkwashing” and “greenwashing” are unique in the world of state-sponsored propaganda campaigns.
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JONATHAN COOK—Palestinian journalists highlighting Israeli crimes are in Israel’s sights too. Last week, Israel stripped one – Mustafa Al Haruf – of his Jerusalem residency, tearing him from his wife and young child. Because it is illegal to leave someone stateless, Israel is now bullying Jordan to accept him. Another exclusion policy – denying entry to Israel’s fiercest critics, those who back the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement – is facing its first challenge.
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Ilhan Omar is charged with invoking ‘myth of dual loyalty’ — but many Jewish writers say it’s no myth
PHILIP WEISS—ccusing Jews of “allegiance to a foreign country” is a historically classic way of delegitimizing their participation in the political system….Omar is directly invoking the hoary myth of dual loyalty, in which the Americanness of Jews is inherently suspect, and their political participation must be contingent upon proving their patriotism. But many Jewish writers and thinkers have raised precisely this “hoary myth” very seriously. They have cited “dual loyalty” as a real factor in the Israel-supporting community,
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JONATHAN OFIR—In confirming that these had been the major and overwhelming reasons for the Palestinian flight, the document confirmed that the Palestinians mostly fled out of direct fear and due to direct hostilities, and not, as the Israeli propaganda version went, because “Arab leaders told them to”. Such a document relates to culpability in terms of actively driving the Palestinians out, pointing to the notion of ethnic cleansing – which Ilan Pappe had spelled out in his seminal 2006 book “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.”
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KATHRYN SHIHADAH—Trump recently bragged to the Republican Jewish Coalition that he had ignored calls from world leaders who might have pressured him out of the embassy decision. He spun this refusal to consult with world leaders as a great show of character: “unlike other presidents, I keep my promises.” He added, “I can tell you that Sheldon and Miriam, that is the most important thing I think that’s ever happened in their life.”