Another excellent article from Greg Felton, on our favorite Isr-eli superhero, Bunji-Man Nutty-Yahoo!
Bombastic, bullying and preposterous— Netanyahu epitomizes the toxic hasbarat
October 25, 2009
As we saw last time, the well-orchestrated campaign to “rebrand” Israel at the Toronto International Film Festival backfired. Not only did it attract the sort of negative publicity Israel’s propaganda (hasbara) department specifically sought to avoid, but the Israeli government’s role in it was publicly admitted.
I brought up this example to illustrate the growing desperation and ineptitude of Israel’s propagandists. With nothing honest or credible to say in support of Israel, these “hasbarats” regurgitate tedious non-cognitive boilerplate that does more to discredit Israel than prop it up. As I will now show, this self-destructive imperative also applies to “negative hasbarats,” those who attack anyone who:
• comes to the aid of Palestinians;
• puts their country’s national interest ahead of Israel’s;
• demands that the UN hold Israel accountable to international law; or
• questions zionist dogmata about the Holocaust.*
*Holocaust® is a registered trademark of Hasbara International and its enforcement arm Kosher Nostra Inc. Any plain-language use of this term by any person or organization to describe the mass killing of people other than European Jews, or to challenge the official zionist version of World War II, will be punished by any and all extralegal means.
Who better to epitomize the anti-intellectual toxicity of negative hasbara than Israel’s own prime “hasbaratchik,” Benjamin Netanyahu, whose recent UN speech must rank as the most ludicrous, hectoring screed ever inflicted on the General Assembly.