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International Media and Israel’s Unpopularity Around the World

avatar by Ronn Torossian

Israeli flag with a red anti symbol running through it. Photo: wiki commons.

The great Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky once said: “It is not the antisemitism of men; it is, above all, the antisemitism of things, the inherent xenophobia of the body social or the body economic under which we suffer.”  In my opinion, nowadays, the “antisemitism of things” which Ze’ev Jabotinsky spoke of, should include the media.

In one of the latest acts of antisemitism,  a survey was conducted of more than 28,000 people in 27 countries, asking respondents to label 12 countries as having a positive or negative influence. The list included Britain, Canada, China, France, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, North Korea, Russia, the USA, Venezuela, and the European Union. The country with the highest number of negative responses overall was Israel (56% negative, 17% positive), followed by Iran (54% negative 18% positive), the United States (51% negative, 30% positive), and North Korea (48% negative, 19% positive).”Israel also stands out for having the largest number of countries (23 of 27) viewing it negatively. Iran is regarded unfavorably in 21 countries, the United States and North Korea in 20.”

It is my belief that this sickening phenomenon can be explained by rampant antisemitism amongst so many media professionals around the world.

The following important words were written by Pilar Rahola a few years ago – a Spanish leftist politician, journalist and activist:

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Why don’t we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris, Barcelona? Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship? Why aren’t there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection? Why aren’t there demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs?

Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel?  Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?  Why don’t they defend Israel’s right to exist?  And finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the bloodiest attacks of terrorism and the left doesn’t care.

And then, to the concept of freedom. In every pro Palestinian European forum, I hear the left yelling with fervor: “We want freedom for the people!” Not true. They are never concerned with freedom for the people of Syria, or Yemen, or Iran, or Sudan, or other such nations. And they are never preoccupied when Hamas destroys freedom for the Palestinians. They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The resulting consequence of these ideological pathologies is the manipulation of the press.

The international press does major damage when reporting on the question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don’t inform, they propagandize. When reporting about Israel, the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been written about Israel, that there aren’t any accusations left to level against her.

And yet, through it all, the Jewish nation and the Jewish people continue to thrive and grow.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR, a leading public relations agency.

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