Consolidated Debunking of Israeli/Hasbara Propaganda - updated 8/9/14

Consolidated Debunking of Israeli/Hasbara Propaganda

compiled by Sheila Musaji


I’m relatively certain that I’m not the only one who is sometimes frustrated by the inability to immediately locate a response that I remember seeing to a particular Israeli propaganda point.  I will attempt to collect these here by topic.  This is certainly not exhaustive, but I hope it is helpful, and it will be added to as time permits.  If you have categories or responses that should be added, please tweet them to me @SheilaMusaji


anti-Semitism & “Jew hatred” part of Muslim/Islamic beliefs & Palestinians are heirs of the Nazi’s
http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/pamela-geller-is-wrong-about-islamic-jew-hatred-commanded-by-the-quran  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_and_the_charge_of_anti_semitism/  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslims_who_fought_against_the_real_fascists  http://muzzlewatch.com/2012/06/27/nazism-zionism-and-the-arab-world-countering-myths/

apartheid not practiced by Israel
http://kemetforum.com/blog1.php/debunking-propaganda-about-israel-apartheid  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/apartheid http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/action_alert_jimmy_carter_on_apartheid_in_palestine 

BDS movement is anti-Semitic
http://muzzlewatch.com/2010/08/24/the-bds-movement-now-with-plasma-tvs/

blood libel charge against criticism of Israel gov’t policies
http://thehasbarabuster.blogspot.com/2013/02/deconstructing-blood-libel-charge.html

“captured” soldier 
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israel-bombards-gaza-it-searches-soldier  http://goo.gl/fXLuuZ   http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/deceptions-revealed-kidnapped.html  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israel-bombards-gaza-it-searches-soldier

ceasefire - Hamas wouldn’t accept ceasefire or broke ceasefire first
http://ift.tt/1xQxZJr  http://ift.tt/1xQxZJr http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/world/middleeast/israel-gaza.html?_r=0  http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/gazaunderattack-debunking-israeli-propaganda/

civilian deaths are not intended by Israel but Hamas aims to kill civilians
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28590103  http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/israel-deliberately-targeting-civilians-gaza http://www.thenation.com/article/180783/five-israeli-talking-points-gaza-debunked#  http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/gazaunderattack-debunking-israeli-propaganda/  http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/telegenic-israels-crumbling.html 
Hamas responsible for civilian deaths - hides weapons in homes, mosques & schools
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.608118  http://www.thenation.com/article/180783/five-israeli-talking-points-gaza-debunked#  http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/gazaunderattack-debunking-israeli-propaganda/
civilians are warned by Israel before attacks
http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/43332-no-exit-from-gaza.html
Bombings of civilian sites: Israel blames Hamas for bombing of UNRWA school in Gaza http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/07/25/us-media-outlets-cite-israeli-military-propaganda-cast-doubt-on-whether-israel-bombed-un-run-school/
Hamas shouldn’t have weapons at all
http://blogforarizona.net/deconstructing-israeli-propaganda/
The Dahiya Doctrine: targeting civilians
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/25285-the-dahiya-doctrine-state-terrorism-and-a-philosophy-of-war-crime

collective punishment
http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/collective-punishment-gaza

democracy - Israel only democracy in Middle East
http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-discovers-democracy-not-israeli-value/4593  http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/02/jewish-state-citizens-israel http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/04/01/why-israel-is-not-a-democracy/  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/israels-fading-democracy.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/02/2013210102718996794.html

greenhouses - Israel gave to Gaza & Hamas destroyed them
http://peter-beinart.com/israel/haaretz-what-american-jews-havent-been-told-about-gaza/

Hamas Charter calls for death to Israel
http://religiondispatches.org/in-gaza-siege-atheist-author-sam-harris-finds-yet-another-opportunity-to-disparage-islam/  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/jan/12/israel http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-31/hamass-khaled-meshaal-on-gaza-bloodshed-israels-blockade
forget about Likud Charter
http://www.juancole.com/2014/08/charter-destruction-palestinian.html 

Hamas started it
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-fired-rockets-for-first-time-since-2012-israeli-officials-say/

Hasbara not propaganda & not sponsored by Israel Gov’t
http://electronicintifada.net/content/internet-users-paid-spread-israeli-propaganda/8355  http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/israelgaza-conflict-the-secret-report-that-helps-israelis-to-hide-facts-9630765.html   http://972mag.com/hasbara-why-does-the-world-fail-to-understand-us/27551/  http://www.albawaba.com/news/israel-hasbara-handbook-how-to-influence-media—593101 http://muzzlewatch.com/2010/02/25/reframing/

Hate speech - Israel doesn’t engage in this, but Palestinians do
http://imeu.org/article/israeli-incitement-fueling-intolerance-hate-crimes?utm_content=buffer1ee5c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer  http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/wiesel-holocaust-trump.html


Human Shields are used by Hamas & Palestinians
http://pastebay.net/1464890  http://www.thenation.com/article/180783/five-israeli-talking-points-gaza-debunked#  http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/gazaunderattack-debunking-israeli-propaganda/  http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/falsely-associating-judaism-zionism-uses-jews-everywhere-human-shields.html http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/elie-wiesel/0020248  http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2014/07/jeremy-bowens-gaza-notebook-i-saw-no-evidence-hamas-using-palestinians-human   http://www.mediaroots.org/human-shield-claim-used-to-justify-state-sponsored-massacres-for-decades/

Israel not like Palestinians - Israel condemns terrorists, Palestinians honor them
http://seekersguidance.org/blog/2014/08/israel-is-not-like-them-imam-zaid-shakir-new-islamic-directions/

Jewish State: Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State
https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?8642-Top-Ten-Myths-about-the-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-plus-the-top-10-Hasbara-points-of-rebuttal#.U9-7j5tfU1E 
Israel given the land by God for the Jews
https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?8642-Top-Ten-Myths-about-the-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-plus-the-top-10-Hasbara-points-of-rebuttal#.U9-7j5tfU1E
Land on which Israel established had a Jewish majority, and they purchased rest of land
http://thehasbarabuster.blogspot.com/2012/02/dershowitz-strikes-back-with-lies-yawn.html

Jewish extremists don’t exist
http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/must-read-articles-on-gaza-assault/0020231

Jews & Arabs have always been in conflict https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?8642-Top-Ten-Myths-about-the-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-plus-the-top-10-Hasbara-points-of-rebuttal#.U9-7j5tfU1E

Kidnapping of 3 Israeli Teens initiated the Gaza assault
http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/7/gaza-war-israel-palestinianspropaganda.html
Hannibal Directive
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/gaza-crisis-130-palestinians-killed-israels-hannibal-directive-rescue-operation-hadar-1459601  http://www.haaretz.com/mobile/.premium-1.608693?v=6E786D7A9D2F5B58B3EDB2A52AE92305 http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/08/02/idf-censor-tells-ny-times-it-cannot-report-it-killed-2nd-lt-hadar-goldin/

Occupation - Gaza not occupied - Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005
http://www.thenation.com/article/180783/five-israeli-talking-points-gaza-debunked#  http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/facts-us-citizens-need-know-israel-palestine.html http://peter-beinart.com/israel/haaretz-what-american-jews-havent-been-told-about-gaza/

Palestine doesn’t exist - there are no Palestinians
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/31/yes-we-palestinians-are-human-beings.html

Palestinians supported fascists and nazi’s
http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslims_who_fought_against_the_real_fascists  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamic_fascists1

Rocket or missile attacks by Hamas caused Gaza assault as Israeli had to respond
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/dissecting-idf-propaganda-the-numbers-behind-the-rocket-attacks.html http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/blogs/other-comentators/8299-gaza-s-missiles-and-israeli-hasbara   http://www.thenation.com/article/180783/five-israeli-talking-points-gaza-debunked#  http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/gazaunderattack-debunking-israeli-propaganda/  http://blogforarizona.net/deconstructing-israeli-propaganda/  http://www.globalresearch.ca/dissecting-idf-propaganda-the-numbers-behind-the-rocket-attacks/5312184
Rockets or missiles being shot from UN schools
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/27/un-official-busts-david-gregory-for-using-israeli-propaganda-video-thats-really-unfair/

Self-Defense claims - Israel is only defending itself & responding to rocket attacks
https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?8642-Top-Ten-Myths-about-the-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-plus-the-top-10-Hasbara-points-of-rebuttal#.U9-7j5tfU1E http://www.thenation.com/article/180783/five-israeli-talking-points-gaza-debunked#  http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/gazaunderattack-debunking-israeli-propaganda/
http://blogforarizona.net/deconstructing-israeli-propaganda/  http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12197
Hamas started this war, not Israel
http://www.alternet.org/world/debunked-mendacious-propaganda-israel-pushing-justify-its-war-gaza?akid=12074.163191._1mYGr&rd=1&src=newsletter1013500&t=5&paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark
Israel had no alternative to war
http://972mag.com/israel-has-alternatives-to-this-war/94325/

Six day war started by Arabs
https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?8642-Top-Ten-Myths-about-the-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-plus-the-top-10-Hasbara-points-of-rebuttal#.U9-7j5tfU1E

Settlements are not illegal
http://thehasbarabuster.blogspot.com/2009/12/illegal-settlements-myth-myth.html  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/aipac_vetos_u.n._resolution_on_israeli_settlements_u.s._casts_the_actual_ba http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/israeli_settlements  http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/peace_now_study_finds_40_of_israeli_settlements_illegally_built_on_private_

textbooks in Palestine demonize Jews & Israeli textbooks do not demonize Palestinians
http://muzzlewatch.com/2013/02/08/holy-moley-batman%e2%80%94palestinian-textbooks-dont-demonize-jews/#more-786 

Tunnels
http://www.globalresearch.ca/israels-propaganda-machine-terrorist-gaza-and-the-tora-bora-tunnels-a-zionist-psyop/5394591  http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/07/31/gaza_tunnels_tunnel_warfare_is_impractical_and_often_ineffective_it_s_also.html

Two-State Solution:  Palestinians reject the two-state solution because they want to destroy Israel
https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?8642-Top-Ten-Myths-about-the-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-plus-the-top-10-Hasbara-points-of-rebuttal#.U9-7j5tfU1E

U.S. is an honest broker https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/showthread.php?8642-Top-Ten-Myths-about-the-Israeli-Palestinian-Conflict-plus-the-top-10-Hasbara-points-of-rebuttal#.U9-7j5tfU1E


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