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International Media and Israel’s Unpopularity Around the World

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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:

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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  • salvage

    >In one of the latest acts of antisemitism, a survey was conducted

    AHAHAHH! YES! Remember when the Czar’s men would launch their survey pogroms on the Jewish villages? And the Nazis and their questionnaires?

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

    Yes! That’s it! There can be no other possible explanation! They all hate Jews, it has nothing at all to do with the Israel human rights record!

    Boarding ships in international waters, killing people then crying self-defense? Gosh! Why would the world think ill of Israel?

    And no other nation, specially not a Muslim nation is EVER criticized for the same reasons, nope, Amnesty International says nothing about Saudi Arabia, Syria or any place else because they too, like the media hate Jews!

    I imagine Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR a leading public relations agency (what no longer one of the biggest in the universe?!?) driving, getting cut off and shirking “Jew hater!”, the cable goes out at home, he calls up the provider asking them why they hate Jews and howcum the Muslims TV is working fine? ANTISEMITISM!!! It’s everywhere!!!

    Does Algemeiner have any editors? Do they cringe at the debasement of antisemitism? How idiots like Ronn clumsily use it a cudgel to hit back at legitimate criticism? How it insults the real victims of it? How it dilutes it to the point of caricature?

    Do you people have any shame at all it what I’m asking.

    Israel violates human rights and international law.

    It’s a fact people and it can be stated by one who has no negative opinion on Jews as a people, culture, race, religion or whatever you like.

    Yes, I know, there are Muslim and Arab nations that are worse, THAT ISN’T A DEFENSE.

    If you get mugged by someone and at the trial the accused says “Sure I hit him, but there are criminals that would have killed him so what’s everyone mad at me for?” would that be reasonable?

    No, don’t give it any thought, just keep on calling anyone who points out Israel’s flaws a Nazi and watch the Jewish homeland continue to rot and decay and when it all collapses under the weight of endless war and unquenchable hate you can once again blame the phantom antisemitic forces because it’s easier than blaming yourselves.

    • frania

      to Salvage,

      Your vitriol is palpable. This is not your usual writing and does not express the style which makes you, in my opinion, unique and interesting to read. This comment is hard and tough and there is a smell that is hard to decipher.

      “phantom antesimitic forces” ? “anyone who points out Israel’s flaws?” “Israel violates human rights and international law/”. whatever…..

      • salvage

        >Your vitriol is palpable.

        Because it makes me quite angry when antisemitism, a very real and dangerous thing, is debsed in such an ignorant way.

        >This comment is hard and tough and there is a smell that is hard to decipher.

        Hmmm, well let me tighten it up: I think Ronn and his ilk do Israel and Jews a great disservice by yelling “Antisemitism!” at anyone who points out Israel’s unacceptable human rights record.

        >”phantom antesimitic forces” ?

        Yes, that would be the media as described by Ronn, like they’re a hive-mind cabal bent on the destruction of Jews everywhere when in fact they’re just reporting facts that some would rather go unreported.

        I suppose Ronn thinks that if he yells “Jew hater!” at them enough they’ll stop as if somehow that would be a better plan that addressing the root of the problem.

        • frania

          To Salvage, I would like to hear as you would also , I am sure, being a fair minded person with high intelligence as I have seen in your posted comments for a long time, mercy shown to Israel by it not being the major attraction of evil doings in the world.

          I would like to hear daily what the human rights people are doing in Afghanstan, Bolivia, Columbia, The Demiocratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Syria, Sri Lanka, Sudan, the EU who give the Roma and Gypsies a hard time just like during the holocaust. And those very happy, quiet, wealthy countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden do not seem to have any problems at all. As long as gypsies, romas, jews, stay out of the way. Oh, I forgot! They have been gotten out of the way during 1939-1945. Where they got their riches to live such peaceful lives. Salvage, have mercy. I have always respected your thinking.

          • salvage

            Once again, just because other people do bad things that doesn’t excuse doing bad things.

            If you would like to hear about human rights violations on a daily basis you can do so: