Inconvenient Truths the Anti-Zionists Don’t Want You to Know
PRIMER's president emeritus, Alan Stein, spoke on this topic at the University of Connecticut on October 10, 2106. Here are a handful of inconvenient truths. Click on one of the links below to read a longer list or to read the text of his remarks.
Zionism is, at its essence, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people.
Anti-Zionists deny the right of the Jewish people to our own nation.
Denying that right to the Jewish people, while promoting it for others, is anti-Semitic.
Until relatively recently, the people today calling themselves Palestinians were insisting they weren't Palestinian.
The PLO has never removed the articles in its charter calling for the destruction of Israel.
PRIMER: Israel advocacy in good times and bad The keyboard is mightier than the media
By Cindy Mindell
Published in The Connecticut Jewish Ledger August 1, 2014
It has long been the opinion of many in the Jewish community that Israel has a PR problem. Especially during military conflicts like the current one, world media seem to portray Israel as the aggressor out to destroy the vulnerable Palestinians.
This storyline can leave American Jews feeling anxious and helpless, unable to take any action that feels effective in the face of such an enormous challenge.
But becoming an Israel advocate in the media is not as hard as some may think. Just ask Mark Fishman, president of PRIMER-Connecticut (Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting). “All one must do is sit down at the computer and type a few words; the rest will flow,” he says.
Many organizations have put together excellent resources that may be used to respond to the unfair attacks and biased reporting. PRIMER sees no need to duplicate these efforts. The following is a list of some of these excellent resources. This list will be slightly different each time it's viewed.
The Daily Alert: The Daily Alert contains synopses of articles and links to the full versions. It's worth looking through their archives.
PRIMER's own resource list: The PRIMER web site contains a general list of resources for activists. Most of the sites cited have additional very useful information.
PRIMER board member Don Morris, ז׳׳ל, recognized the increasing pressure Israel is facing to make more unreciprocated, counterproductive concessions and is making an effort to educate with a series of op-eds which may be read here and on the PRIMER blog.
These op-eds include the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily represent positions of PRIMER.
Israel and U.S. beacons of civilization By Alan Stein — Compares the situation in the currently disputed territories now and during the period from 1948-1967 when they were occupied by Jordan and Egypt. (February 21, 2015)
Setting the Record Straight: Distortions of Commission and Omission By Alan Stein — The degree of misinformation and misunderstanding relating to the issues of the Arab-Israeli conflict is astounding. Patently false information is pervasive yet is often taken as common knowledge and falsely transmitted in conversations, over the Internet, in the traditional media and even by governments. (December 10, 2012)
We are at War By Don Morris — The West can win this war, we have the truth on our side, and our societal values are as valued today as they were so many generations ago. The question becomes when will we find the resolve to take a stand and defend ourselves? Our enemy is counting on never! (June 10, 2012)
Offensive Words and Policies Defined By Don Morris — Don Morris examines how groups which do not share the West's way of life or sense of toleration and humanity are using language to promote a destructive narrative. (November 8, 2011)
Intentional misrepresentation of facts MSM? By Don Morris — Don Morris examines the apparently intentional misrepresentation of facts by the mainstream media, particularly regarding the terrorist kidnapping of Gilad Shalit. (October 18, 2011)
Misplaced Assumptions By Don Morris — Don Morris examines misplaced assumptions on which President Barack Obama is apparently basing his Arab-Israeli Conflict policies. (May 21, 2011)
Call it what it is: Absurdity beyond the pale By Don Morris — Following the brutal terrorist murder of five members of the Fogel family, including slashing the throat of a three-month old baby girl, the focus of United Nations special coordinator Robert Serry was not the terror, but the possibility that homes might be built for more Jews in the disputed territory. (March 13, 2011)
Prayer for the Israel Defense Forces
May He who blessed our ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces and the security personnel who stand guard over Israel and the cities of our God, from the Lebanese border to the Egyptian wilderness, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the edges of the desert - or wherever they might be - on land, in the air, or at sea.
May God cause our enemies who attack us to suffer defeat at the hands of the troops. May the Holy One, blessed is He, shield and protect them from any adversity of anguish, any ordeal or suffering, and send blessing and success to everything they do. May He bring those who hate us under their sway, and glorify the forces with the crown of salvation and the mantle of victory, so that the verse, "The Lord, your God marches with you to do battle for you against your enemies and to save you," will be fulfilled through then, and let us say Amen.
"The U.S. and Israel and other regional powers were generous enough to provide Fatah security with very good weapons, and now they are in our hands." — Hamas gunman.
"Israel is the only country whose very right to stay on the map is
"The true reason is simple: Israel is a Jewish state. This is the
reason it is loved by many, and this is the reason it is hated by so
many as well. Democracy and human rights are just the popular ways
to justify the hatred, since Western society seems to be sensitive
to these two issues nowadays."
Posted to the Jewish Faculty Roundtable discussion list by George Kaminski (firstname.lastname@example.org).
After human rights activist Alan Dershowitz stopped by for a few minutes before his lecture, Qumsiyeh addressed the half-dozen or so fanatics who were protesting with him and were the only ones, aside from the video photographer and the reporter shown in the video, who didn't leave with Dershowitz.
The video shows Qumsiyeh saying "he [apparently referring to some unmentioned critic] then claims that Dershowitz lies" before clearly defending the human rights activist by saying "I urge you to get Dershowitz' book and read it because [undecipherable] one of the best documented."
At that point, he gets distracted until one of his shills who had noticed Qumsiyeh had accidentally told the truth prompts him with the words "Finkelstein, Finkelstein." At that point, Qumsiyeh changes his tune and starts praising the screeds of Norman Finkelstein, the mediocre former DePaul University faculty member.
PRIMER has its own blog. PRIMER members are invited to contribute. The entries represent the personal views of the writers and are not necessarily endorsed by PRIMER.
Media bias and misinformation frequently characterize what is reported about the state of Israel in the American press and around the world.
This practice, when left unchallenged, negatively molds public opinion, which steers public policy, and can adversely affect Israel's well being and continued existence.
PRIMER — Promoting Responsibility in Middle East Reporting — is dedicated to countering media bias and misinformation on a regional basis. PRIMER-Connecticut focuses on generating
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR and periodically publishing TREND REPORTS in which PRIMER analyzes a newspaper's coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
PRIMER also maintains a list of spokespersons able to speak knowledgeably to the media on matters relating to the Middle East.
Collectively, Regional Groups Can Make a Difference!