Wednesday, February 9, 2011

KBRM hasbara exposed

KBRM have published yet another advertisement in at least one of our daily newspapers. Although some take the money and run (NZ Herald, bow your head in shame) others take a more principled stand and reject the self-serving lies, misinformation and disinformation that so characterises the Israel public relations efforts.

Of course, this is but a necessity for Israel, because it would stand condemned by the facts if it didn't attempt to "spin" the truth.

The latest advertisement is titled: Top five lies about Israel (all dramatically in upper case, naturally).

Let's look at the No 1 lie (according to KBRM):

Jewish settlements are an obstacle to peace.

And their "truth":

Even the US has recognised that a settlement freeze will not lead to progress on the core issues, primary of which is Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state with Jerusalem as its capital. Before 1967 there were no settlements and yet there was no peace. Houses can always be torn down after borders are determined. Or maybe Jews could be allowed in a Palestinian state, as Israel has accepted its 1.4 million Arab citizens.

So what is the truth? The real truth?

Israel's settlements are illegal under international law, and have declared so by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly.

Although the US does not set international law, Obama in Cairo (June 4 2009) said:

The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop.

Even Israel's greatest ally is emphatic that ongoing settlement construction
"are an obstacle to peace."

Under the Oslo peace agreement, construction was meant to stop forthwith, but it never did. The settlements existing at the time of Oslo in international law remained illegal, although their fate was to be determined in the "Final Status" negotiations.

It's well known that Israel works to establish "facts on the ground" that, they hope, are impossible to undo.

(to be continued)