Israeli Propaganda Machine
Posted Jul 26, 2009

Israeli Propaganda Machine

by Sheila Musaji

There was a fascinating article in Haaretz recently:  Vatican teaching Hezbollah how to kill Jews, says pamphlet for IDF troops, by Ofri Ilani. 

According to the article:  “The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers.”  This information supposedly came from a former Hezbollah member who has converted to Judaism and become a Zionist. 

The article identifies the source of the booklet that was distributed to IDF troops:  “The booklet was published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, in cooperation with the chief rabbi of Safed, Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, and has been distributed for the past few months. The booklet, titled “On Either Side of the Border,” purports to be the testimony of “a Hezbollah officer who spied for Israel.”

Justin Raimondo wrote an article responding to this news story in Haaretz entitled Israel and the Nutbar Factor in which he asks the question:  “Have Israel and its supporters gone over the edge?”  It would seem as if they have. 

Raimondo also points out that this is not the first such propoganda item that has been distributed and refers to another Haaretz article from January 2008 IDF censures officer for distributing incendiary religious pamphlets to troops by Amos Harel.  Harel’s article points out that “Some passages compared Palestinians to the biblical Philistines and suggested they had no right to land claimed by Israel. An Israeli rights group has said the passages bordered on “incitement to racism.”

The Orthodox Union of America has now disavowed the pamphlet claiming Vatican-Hezbollah conspiracy.

Helena Coburn points out in an article entitled Israeli and pro-Israeli propaganda: Nuttier every day!:  “Regarding the continuing, actual capability and propensity of extremist Zionist groups to accompany their anti-Arab propaganda and ideology with acts of clearly racist violence, we need only read this account of what some settler extremists did near Nablus today: ‘Israeli settlers on horseback set fire on Monday to at least 1,500 Palestinian-owned olive trees in the West Bank as others stoned cars, a Palestinian security official said./ The incident occurred hours after security forces razed a number of structures built in unauthorized outposts in the West Bank. ...The violence is part of a “price tag” policy in which settlers retaliate to the outpost removals by harassing local Palestinians.’”


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