9. Hasbara

Supporters of the Israeli denial
of equality of rights for
non-Jews, and of the Israeli
ethnic cleansing of non-Jews,
engage in “public relations”
(hasbara― Hebrew: הסברה)
in an attempt to mask Israel’s
horrific violations of
human rights. 

David Zonsheine in Bethlehem West Bank

David Zonsheine, Bethlehem, West Bank

The poet Gwendolyn Brooks wrote that poetry
is “life distilled.” Gabriel Ash explores the poetry
of hasbara in his ironically titled essay: “How
to Make the Case for Israel and Win.”   ML

The Truth, Not Hasbara

How to make the case for
Israel and win

Gabriel Ash

To the benefit of the many not-very-bright
Zionist wannabe apologists who read this 
blog assiduously, I decided to offer a clear
and simple method of arguing the case for
Israel. This clear and simple method has been
distilled from a life spent listening to and
reading Zionist propaganda. It is easy to follow
and results are guaranteed or your money back.

So don't hesitate! Take advantage NOW of
this revolutionary rhetorical system that will
make YOU a great apologist for Israel […].

Ready? 1..2..3..GO!

You need to understand just one principle:

The case for Israel is made of four propositions
that should always be presented in the correct
escalating order.

  1. We rock
  2. They suck
  3. You suck
  4. Everything sucks

That's it. Now you know everything that it took
me a lifetime to learn. The rest is details; filling
in the dotted lines.

You begin by saying how great Israel is. Israel
wants peace; Israel is the only democracy in the
Middle East; the desert blooms; kibutz; Israelis
invented antibiotics, the wheel, the E minor scale;
thanks to the occupation Palestinians no longer
live in caves; Israel liberates Arab women; Israel
has the most moral army in the world, etc.

This will win over 50% of your listeners immediately.
Don't worry about the factual content. This is about
brand identity, not writing a PhD. Do you really
think BP is 'beyond petroleum'?

Then you go into the second point: They suck.
Here you talk about the legal system of Saudi
Arabia, gay rights in Iran, slave trade in the Sudan,
Mohammad Atta, the burqa, Palestinians dancing
after 9/11, Arafat's facial hair, etc.

There is only one additional principle you need
to understand here. It will separate you from the
amateurs. You need to know your audience.
If you've got a crowd already disposed to racist
logic, go for it with everything you have. But if
you get a liberal crowd, you need to sugar coat
the racism a bit. Focus on women rights, human
rights, religious tolerance, "clash of civilizations,"
terrorism, they teach their children to hate, etc.
Deep down your audience WANTS to enjoy racism
and feel superior. They just need the proper
encouragement so they can keep their 
sophisticated self-image. Give them what they
crave and they'll adore you! But be careful not to
'mix n match,' because it will cost you credibility.

When you're done, there will always be
dead-enders insisting that abuse of gays in Iran
does not justify ethnic cleansing in Palestine. Take
a deep breath, and pull the doomsday weapon:

You suck!

You're a Jew-hater, Arab-lover, anti-Semite, you're
a pinko, a commie, a dreamer, a naive, a self-hater,
you have issues, your mother worked for the Nazis,
Prince Bandar buys you cookies, you forgot you were
responsible for the Holocaust, etc. The more the
merrier. By the time you end this barrage, only a
handful would be left standing. For mopping them up,
you use the ultimate postmodern wisdom:

Everything sucks.

War, genocide, racism, oppression are everywhere.
From the Roma in Italy to the Native-Americans in
the U.S., the weak are victimized. Why pick on
Israel? It's the way of the world. Look! Right is only
in question between equals in power; the strong do
what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
Ethics, schmethics. Life is a tale told by an idiot, full
of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Eat, drink!
Carpe diem! The Palestinians would throw us into the
sea if they could. Ha ha!

Trust me, that's as far as words can go. If you
followed this method faithfully, you've done your
work. You should leave the few who are still
unconvinced to the forces of order.

You are now ready to

apologize for Israel like a pro.

Gabriel Ash
Jews sans frontiers
July 18, 2008

[Text highlighted and edited by ML; "Stop
Hasbara" image created and added by ML]

Poster: You've Got To Be Carefully Taught

As the Jewish National Fund geared up for its
National Conference in September of 
2011, it
was hustling teens to attend a 
Teen Leadership
Seminar" to be held as part of the conference.
The publicity for the Seminar seemed to cry out
for a bit of a rewrite; this is my [Michael Levin]
version of their poster, with thanks to 
You've Got to Be Carefully Taught."
Both this poster, and the original poster upon
which it was based, can be viewed

The Truth, Not Hasbara

How today's liberal Zionists echo 
apartheid South Africa's defenders
Rania Khalek

“While the majority of black South African leaders are
against disinvestment and boycotts, there are tiny factions
that support disinvestment — namely terrorist groups such
as the African National Congress,” libertarian economics
professor Walter Williams wrote in a 1983 New York
Times op-ed.

Williams’ claim was as absurd then as it appears in
hindsight, but his sentiment was far from rare on
the American and British right in the 1980s.

Yet today’s so-called progressive and liberal Zionists
employ precisely the same kinds of claims to counter
the growing movement, initiated by Palestinians
themselves, for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)
on Israel.

Indeed, looking back, it is clear that Israel’s liberal
apologists are recycling nearly every argument once
used by conservatives against the BDS movement
that helped dismantle South Africa’s apartheid regime.

“Singling out”

In a 1989 op-ed for the Christian Science Monitor,
of South Africa lecturer Anne-Marie Kriek
scolded the divestment movement for singling out
her country’s racist government because, she wrote,
“the violation of human rights is the norm rather
than the exception in most of Africa’s 42
black-ruled states” (“South Africa Shouldn’t be
Singled Out,” 12 October 1989).

Kriek continued, “South Africa is the only country in
Sub-Saharan Africa that can feed itself. Blacks possess
one of the highest living standards in all of Africa,”
adding that nowhere on the continent did black Africans
have it so good. So, “Why is South Africa so harshly
condemned while completely different standards apply to
black Africa?” she asked.

Divestment opponents in the US provided similar
justifications. In 1986, for instance, Gregory Dohi, the
former editor-in-chief of the Salient, Harvard University’s
conservative campus publication, protested that those
calling for the university to divest from companies
doing business in South Africa were “selective in their
morality” (“I am full of joy to realize that I never had
anything to do with any divestment campaign …,”
Harvard Crimson, 4 April 1986).

Divestment was wrong not only because it would “harm”
black workers, Dohi claimed, but because it singled out
South Africa.

Déjà vu

Where have we heard these kinds of arguments before?

Arguing against BDS, The Nation’s Eric Alterman writes,
“The near-complete lack of democratic practices within
Israel’s neighbors in the Arab and Islamic world,
coupled with their lack of respect for the rights of
women, of gays, indeed, of dissidents of any kind —
make their protestations of Israel’s own democratic
shortcomings difficult to credit” (“A Forum on Boycott,
Divestment, Sanctions (BDS),” 3 May 2012).

Alterman’s only update to Kriek’s logic is his mention of
women’s and gay rights, a nod to The Nation readers’
liberal sensitivities.

Alterman’s sometime Nation colleague, reporter Ben Adler,
has also reprised Kriek’s and Dohi’s 1980s-style
arguments: “If you want to boycott Israel itself then you
need to explain why you’re not calling for a boycott of
other countries in the Middle East that oppress their own
citizens worse than Israel does anyone living within the
Green Line” (“The Problems With BDS,” 31 March 2012).

A scary brown majority

The late neoconservative war hawk, and long-time New
York Times columnist William Safire — who in 2002
insisted, “Iraqis, cheering their liberators, will lead the
Arab world toward 
democracy” — also sympathized
with white supremacist anxieties about the implications
of a single democratic South Africa.

One person, one vote “means majority rule, and
nonwhites are the overwhelming majority in South Africa,”
Safire wrote in a 1986 column. “That means an end to
white government as the Afrikaners have known it for
three centuries; that means the same kind of black
rule that exists elsewhere in Africa, and most white
South Africans would rather remain the oppressors
than become the oppressed” (“The Suzman Plan,”
7 August 1986).

Almost thirty years later, liberal Zionists exhibit the
same empathy with racists in their own hostility toward
the Palestinian right of return, which BDS unapologetically

Such a scenario would spell the end of Israel’s Jewish
majority, a horrifying prospect for ethno-religious
supremacists who, like whites in South Africa did,
fear the native population they rule.

Cary Nelson, a professor of English at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, well-known in academic
circles for his left-liberal activism, conveyed the same fears
in a recent anti-BDS tirade. He argued that “nothing in
decades of Middle East history suggests Jews would be
equal citizens in a state dominated by Arabs or
Palestinians” (“Why the ASA boycott is both disingenuous
and futile,” Al Jazeera America, 23 December 2013).

Nelson’s racism-induced panic is further distilled in a Wall
Street Journal op-ed, where he argues that the BDS
movement seeks “the elimination of Israel,” after which,
“those Jews not exiled or killed in the transition to an
Arab-dominated nation would live as second-class citizens
without fundamental rights” (“Another Anti-Israel Vote
Comes to Academia,” 8 January 2014).

Of course he wouldn’t put it this way, but Nelson fears, in
effect, that Palestinians might do to Jews what the Israeli
settler-colonial regime has done to Palestinians since
its inception.

Relying on puppets

Last December, Mahmoud Abbas, the autocratic puppet
leader of the Palestinian Authority, and chairman of the
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), declared his
opposition to BDS, leaving Israel and its apologists
predictably overjoyed.

In The New Republic, Leon Wieseltier chides pro-BDS
academics for speaking on behalf of Palestinians. “Who
is Abu Mazen [Abbas] to speak for the Palestinians,
compared with an associate professor of ethnic studies
at the University of California, San Diego?” he quipped
(“The Academic Boycott of Israel Is a Travesty,” 17
December 2013).

Jeffrey Goldberg is just as derisive, writing in his
Bloomberg column that the American Studies Association
— which voted to boycott Israeli institutions — “is more
Palestinian … than the chairman of the Palestine Liberation
Organization” (“Some Lessons in Effective Scapegoating,”
16 December 2013).

These and other liberal Zionists insist that the Israeli
- and US-approved Abbas is the only authentic
of Palestinian sentiment. They ignore
the overwhelming support for boycotting Israel
among the Palestinian people.

But for many Palestinians, an apt comparison for Abbas is
Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the black leader of the
Inkatha Freedom Party.

Buthelezi was often denounced by black South Africans as
a collaborator with the white apartheid regime and lauded
by British and American conservative opponents of
sanctions as the true voice of black South Africa.

In a 1985 address to representatives from US companies
operating in South Africa, Buthelezi insisted that the
majority of South African blacks firmly opposed
sanctions because they would “condemn a great
many millions and a whole new generation to
continue living in appalling slum conditions.”

In 1990, Buthelezi came out against an ANC-led campaign
mass civil disobedience — marches, boycotts and
strikes — throwing his weight instead behind
“cooperation” and“negotiation” with the white regime.

This offers a striking parallel to the present-day Palestinian
Authority which continues to give legitimacy to the endless
“peace process” while suppressing direct action against
the occupation.

Buthelezi was only the most prominent of a handful of
black apologists and collaborators with the apartheid
regime. Others included Lucas Mangope, puppet
leader of the Bophuthatswana 
bantustan who also
fiercely opposed sanctions that would isolate his
white supremacist paymasters.

Mangope cringed at the idea of a one-person, one-vote
system in South Africa and spent the last days of apartheid
desperately clinging to power over his “independent” island
of repression.

Yet it wasn’t uncommon for US media outlets — including
The New York Times — to label Mangope, and others like
him, “moderate” black leaders.

Israel, it seems, has taken its cues directly from the
playbook, cultivating a small circle of
Palestinian elites willing to maintain the occupation
in exchange for power and comfort.

And liberal Zionists are more than happy to bolster the
ruse by 
using these comprised figures’ words against
Palestinians who still insist on their rights.

Think of the workers

When Mobil Corporation was forced to shut down its
operations in South Africa in 1989 due to what it
called “very foolish” US sanctions laws, its chief
executive, Allen Murray, feigned concern 
for the
impact on black workers.

“We continue to believe that our presence and our
actions have 
contributed greatly to economic and
social progress for nonwhites in South Africa,” the
oil executive declared (“Mobil Is Quitting South
Africa, Blaming ‘Foolish’ Laws in US,” The New York
Times, 29 April 1989).

Before finally giving in to boycott pressures, Citibank
also justified its refusal to divest by citing its obligation
to the South Africans 
it employed.

Last month, SodaStream chief executive Daniel Birnbaum
this transparent posturing when he defended the
location of his company’s main production facility in the
illegal Israeli settlement of Maaleh Adumim.

The only thing keeping him from moving the factory,
Birnbaum claims, is his loyalty to some 500
Palestinian SodaStream employees. “We will not
throw our employees under the bus to promote
anyone’s political agenda,” he told The Jewish Daily
Forward (“SodaStream Boss Admits West Bank Plant
Is ‘a Pain’ — Praises Scarlett Johansson,” 28
January 2014).

“Constructive engagement” again?

Scarlett Johansson, the Hollywood actress who resigned
her humanitarian ambassador role with the
anti-poverty organization Oxfam in order to pursue her
role as global brand ambassador for SodaStream,
applauded the company for “supporting neighbors
working alongside each other, receiving equal pay,
equal benefits and equal rights.”

Such appeals for cooperation with an oppressive status
quo in the face of growing support for BDS mirror
President Ronald Reagan’s insistence on “constructive
engagement” with apartheid South Africa.

While asserting in 1986 that “time is running out for
the moderates of all races in South Africa,” Reagan
opposed sanctions that could foster change. Today,
supporters of the endless Israeli-Palestinian “peace
process” also regularly insist that “time is running out,”
while fiercely opposing BDS.

Reagan praised his British counterpart Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher for having “denounced punitive
sanctions as immoral and utterly repugnant.” Why?
Because “the primary victims of an economic boycott
of South Africa would be the very people we seek to
help,” the president argued (“Transcript of Talk by
Reagan on South Africa and Apartheid,” The New York
Times, 23 July 1986).

The Reagan administration even funded a survey of
black South African workers to prove they loved working
for benevolent American corporations and adamantly
opposed divestment, never mind the fact that advocating
for sanctions under apartheid was a severely
punishable offense.

Fast forward to 2014 and Jane Eisner, editor of the
liberal Jewish Daily Forward publicly hails SodaStream
as the solution to the conflict, using her newspaper to
portray Palestinian workers as grateful to be employed
by the settlement profiteer, sentiments they expressed
while being interviewed under the watchful eyes of their

Taking racism a step further

Today, twenty-first century liberals and progressives who
are ideologically invested in Zionism have embraced the
rationales of racist right-wingers from a bygone era.

What’s more, liberal Zionists have taken the racism a step
further than Reagan and Thatcher ever dared to go with
South Africa.

Although they opposed sanctions, Reagan and Thatcher
regularly denounced apartheid as an unjust system that
needed to be dismantled.

Israel’s apologists, by contrast, firmly support the
maintenance of Israel’s discrimination against Palestinians
with their insistence that the country remain a “Jewish state”
and their continued denial of the Palestinian right of return.

Rania Khalek
Electronic Intifada
February 13, 2014
[Also see Michael Bueckert, "Guest Writer: Israel’s anti-BDS
tactics mirror White South Africa’s defence of apartheid
Middle East Monitor, April 23, 2019; "Pioneer Jewish
South African Freedom Fighter Calls Israel ‘Apartheid
 ,” Haaretz, July 28, 2005; Amjad Iraqi,
"Palestinians are tired of proving Israeli apartheid
. There is nothing that an annexation bill
can tell us that decades of Israeli laws and policies
haven’t already," +972, June 17, 2020.

The Truth, Not Hasbara

How to fight the Israel-Apartheid
analogy in four easy steps – a guide
for useful Hasbara idiots


Ran Greenstein

Step one: But they have the vote

Start with fragmentation. When talking about Israel refer to
a mythical state that existed between November 1966 and
June 1967, the only period during which the majority of
Palestinians living under Israeli control were NOT subject
to military rule. Focus on the fact that Palestinians who
became Israeli citizens have the right to vote. Not quite a
right to vote for any party of their choice (various radical
lists were disqualified over the years) but still, a right to
participate in the elections.

In the process, ignore the 80% of the original inhabitants
of the territories that became part of Israel in 1948, who
have been physically excluded from exercising any civil
and political rights in their homeland. Ignore all those who
live under military occupation in the 1967 territories, with
no right to vote in Israel and no say in the way their
territories are governed by Israel (their own government
has no power over land, water, roads, housing,
development, population registration, and virtually
everything else that is relevant to their lives).

Go back to those citizens (about 15% of all Palestinians)
and assert how fortunate they are. Do not bother to read,
convey, and consider their own feelings, words,
analyses, politics. They 
have a very different opinion on
the applicability of the notion of apartheid to their own
situation, but why listen? Who is better qualified to
speak on their behalf than you?

Step two: But they started it

If you really have to, talk about the refugees (remember
those 80% mentioned above, who have been excluded
from any presence in Israel?). They have themselves
to blame for their situation. They started the war in
1948 and suffered the consequences, so what do
they want from you now?

In the process avoid paying attention to inconvenient facts:
that long before the 1948 war, all Palestinians residing on
land bought by 
official Jewish agencies had to leave their
homes. That no tenants living on land owned by official
Zionist agencies were allowed to stay (not even on a small
part of their land) once the land transaction was
completed. That well before 1948, dozens of towns and
hundreds of rural settlements were established by and for
Jewish immigrants, and that not a single one of them
allowed Palestinians to reside within their boundaries,
or even find employment within them, let alone become
full members of the community.

In other words, ignore the ever-expanding zone of
exclusion that was created by the Zionist movement
and its settlement agencies since the beginning of
the 20th century, from which all Palestinians were
barred. Pretend the whole thing started in 1948,
and they were 
responsible for it. Ignore the
Palestinian refugees, all of whom, regardless
of their personal involvement in military affairs
and political intentions, were equally barred
from returning to Israel after 1948. If you also
manage to ‘forget’ the massive evidence of
ethnic cleansing that took place during that
war, so much the better.

And remember: there are two important tasks to
be performed here: erase all traces of the
exclusion of the majority of Palestinians
from their land (if they are not there, by
definition they cannot be subject to apartheid),
and pre-emptively deny any subsequent claims
(if they lost their citizenship they cannot make
any claim to voting and other rights).

Step three: But we are not alone

As a fallback option, admit that the situation is
not perfect, but you are not the only one
practicing some form of discrimination
or exclusion. If everyone practices apartheid,
then the specific accusation against Israel is no
longer meaningful. Use whatever examples can
bolster your case: Kurds in Turkey, Basques in
Tibetans in China (and for the more
advanced, Saharawis in Morocco), allow you to
turn the tables against critics: why do they not
protest first against all these other oppressive
regimes? The answer may be that these are
indeed situations in which minority groups are
denied their right to independence. Yet, they
are granted equality and the possibility of full
assimilation if they so desire. Palestinians, in
contrast, have neither independence nor the
option of assimilation and equality, but why
worry about such petty nuances?

Try another tack: what about the
immigrants in
Europe, subject to various restrictions on
immigration, jobs, residence and political
rights? Of course, they are immigrants
rejected by the indigenous majority in
foreign countries, while Palestinians are
indigenous people denied rights in their own
homeland by recently-arrived immigrants,
but so what?

Or, take the legal precedent route: invoke the
right of states to give preferential treatment
to their ‘ethnic kin’ in the diaspora, recognised
by many European countries. But, do not stop to
consider that the very definition of Israel as a
state of the Jewish people (but not of its
indigenous Palestinians) is the source of the
conflict. And that in no European country do
the rights of ethnic kin come at the expense of
the indigenous ethnic groups that do not form
part of the ‘kin’.

Invoke other cases where ethnic and religious
symbols are employed by European states, in
their flag, anthem, crest and so on. That these
states (UK, Greece, Sweden and others) offer
all their citizens equal rights, regardless of
their ethnic or religious origins, and that none
of them allows differential access to resources
based on ethnic or religious identity is best left
out of the discussion. Rather, raise the problem
that Jews and Muslims cannot become UK
monarchs, never mind that 99.9% of Anglicans,
who are not of royal stock, are equally deprived
of that privilege.

Brutal honesty is another useful strategy,
especially when you can go back to the classics:
the Turks did it to the Greeks, and the Greeks
did it to the Turks. The Indians did it to the
and the Pakistanis to the Hindus, the
Czechs and the Poles to the Germans, and the
Germans, before them, to everybody else. And
keep up to date: the Serbs, Croats, and Bosnians
have done it to each other. And, you have not
even mentioned yet the great massacres and
millions of deaths from enslavement, forced
labour, dislocation, and diseases, which
afflicted colonized populations in Africa and
the Americas. Why single Israel out, then? Why
are Israelis the only ones who have to meet
the charges of apartheid?

In those cases above (Turkey-Greece,
India-Pakistan, and so on), only a few percent
of the respective populations were affected,
while in 1948 Palestine 60% of the original
indigenous population (of the entire country)
became refugees; in those cases above, the 
of the respective population remained rooted in
their own territories, and retained their
independence, while in the case of 1948
Palestine the entire society was dislocated and
lost its ability to rule itself. But these are mere
technicalities, so avoid them at will.

More importantly, in all those cases, the acts of
eviction, expulsion, dislocation,
confiscation, were once-off events, even if their
impact was of a long duration. Historical tragedies
and great injustices they were indeed, no doubt,
but life gradually returned to normal after that.
Not so in Israel/Palestine: the government,
parliament, political parties, military authorities,
construction companies, various religious and
social movements, and media organisations,
continue relentlessly to re-enact the historical
dispossession on a regular basis. It is not just the
Nakba of 1948 that matters: an ongoing
onslaught on Palestinians’ land, rights and
demographic presence is the central issue in
Israeli politics today (and has been for decades
though not always with the same intensity).
Literally, not a day passes without a new initiative,
bill, law, regulation, and campaign to restrict,
marginalise, exclude, silence and oppress
Palestinians and any others (including Jews)
who try to defend them and what remains of
Israeli democracy.

But we digress. All this can be easily
explained away by the ultimate 

Step four: But we need security

And if all else fails, invoke the magic word,
security. You are only 
in it for security. All
you care about is survival. You build a security
fence (on and through other people’s land),
you have security settlements (on other
people’s property), you strive to secure your
existence, your boundaries, your
demographic balance, your power, your rights.

You maintain the occupation because of
security fears (even if you were far more secure
before it), you neither annex the 
territories (because their residents would
endanger your security) nor do you leave them
(because to do so would constitute a threat to
your security), you establish settlements because
of security reasons (even if most settlers openly
deny that), you let Jews move freely in and out
of the country and burden Palestinians with
dozens of laws, hundreds of road blocks,
thousands of military regulations, all because
of security. You maintain a dual legal system
(due to security), different roads (for security
reasons), differential access to land and water
(needless to say why), and different education
systems (the s-word is responsible again).
What does all that have to do with apartheid?

Ran Greenstein
[Associate Professor in the Department
of Sociology at the University of the
Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa]
Israeli Occupation Archive
November 20, 2011

On “Pinkwashing”:                                                                                          

Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back

“Pinkwashing" is a term activists have coined
for when countries engaged in terrible human
rights violations promote themselves as
"gay friendly" to improve their public image.
Israel is the country most famous for this
strategy, having initiated it as part of a
rebranding campaign that it has been engaged
in for the last decade. In 2012, activists in
the Pacific Northwestern region of the US
responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded
pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and
lesbian activists that were coming to the
region. Local queer Palestine solidarity
activists exposed the "Rainbow Generations" tour as
pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the
events, including the tour's centerpiece event
hosted by the City of Seattle's LGBT Commission,
cancelled. A significant backlash ensued involving
the Seattle City Council and Seattle's leading LGBT
and HIV organizations. Through the inspiring
story of these activists' victory, Pinkwashing
Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and
what local activists are doing to fight back.”

Schulman, Sara. “Israel and Pinkwashing,’” New York Times,
November 22, 2011.  [Note: “A more detailed documentary history
of Brand Israel, Israel’s campaign to re-brand itself in the
minds of the world, as well as the development of
pinkwashing as a funded, explicit and deliberate marketing
project within Brand Israel, also written by Sara Schulman,”
is available here: "A documentary guide to ‘Brand Israel’
and the art of pinkwashing
,” Mondoweiss, November
30, 2011.

Pinkwatching Israel. Website. [“Pinkwatching Israel is an
online resource and information hub for activists
working on BDS within queer communities to expose
and resist Israeli pinkwashing - the cynical use of gay
rights to distract from and normalize Israeli occupation,
settler colonialism, and apartheid.”]

Global Social Theory. “Jasbir Puar,” (discussion of
“homonormativity" and “homonationalism”).
["Jasbir Puar (1967) is a queer theorist who
primarily works on the intersection of sexuality,
race and geopolitics. In particular, Puar is known
for proposing the concept of ‘homonationalism’,
which illustrates how homosexuality – and in
particular homonormativity, the adoption of
heteronormative values by the ‘queer’ community
– is instrumentalised as part of nationalist and
geopolitical interventions. In her book ‘Terrorist
Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times’
(2007), she further demonstrates how both
‘pinkwashing’ (the outward adoption of LGBT
friendliness to appear progressive and/or sell
products/services/ideas to the queer community)
and ‘gay shame’ (the shame associated with being
LGBT+) are used as part of (counter)terrorism.]

Kuntsman, Adi. "Queerness as Europeanness:
Immigration, Orientialist Visions and Racialized
Encounters in Israel/Palestine
,” Darkmatter Journal,
May 2, 2008. ["As many studies of Israeli GLBT
organising show, the dominant Israeli queer
culture is complicit with racial and colonial
formations. The mainstream GLBT politics
in Israel are almost exclusively Jewish-Ashkenazi
and middle class; Israeli queer’s claims of
citizenship are based on patriotism and
militarism; and many gay night clubs
apply racial(ized) selection at the entrance,
a ‘face control’ of sorts where some Mizrahi
men are denied entrance. The growing queer
presence in Israel, and GLBTs claims to rights
and visibility are undoubtly important. But
such a presence, often oriented to the ‘West’,
and usually uncritical of its own racial and
class privileges, figures the queer as white,
European, and ‘progressive’, juxtaposing it
to all those who are marked as ‘traditional’
and backward’. The Israeli queer scene, in
other words, is saturated with the notion of
European superiority; queerness becomes
Europeanness. And just as in the case of the
Russia-speaking media, immigrant queers
seem to adopt Europeanness as symbolic
capital in negotiating their place in Israeli
society and the GLBT scene.

Letson, Robyn. Coming Out? Against Apartheid:
A Roundtable about Queer Solidarity with Palestine,”
Upping the Anti, #11, 2011.

Sager, Maggie. "Palestinian queer
activists challenge the ‘pinkwashing’
of the Israeli occupation,
” alQaws,
February 16, 2011. ["Queer Palestinians,
like Afghan and Iraqi women, have
consistently found their discourse co-opted
by neo-conservative hawks and progressives
alike in order to justify war and occupation
under the assumption that such actions will
‘liberate’ the oppressed….The clearest
message resounding from all three speakers
was that if one actually cares about LGBT rights
within Palestine, one should be working to end
the occupation. That Israel has cultivated a
vibrant and open gay enclave is laudable, yet
such accomplishments do not give the ‘Jewish
State’ a free pass to violate human rights,
including the rights of the gay Palestinians
they allegedly care for. As Haneen dryly
explained, “It doesn’t matter what the sexual
orientation of the Soldier at a checkpoint is,
whether he can serve openly or not. What
matters is that he’s there at all.” Sami echoed
the same sentiment, jibing that “the apartheid
wall was not created to keep Palestinian
homophobes out of Gay Israel, and there
is no magic door for gay Palestinians to
pass through.”] 

Kaufman, David. “Is Israel Using Gay Rights to
Excuse Its Policy on Palestine?
” Time, May 13, 2011.
The Israeli government and its propaganda
organs ... insist on advertising and exaggerating its
recent record on LGBT rights ... to fend off international
condemnation of its violations of the rights of the
Palestinian people," says Joseph Massad, associate
professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual
history at Columbia University in New York City.”]

Doherty, Benjamin. "Pinkwashing and the Gay
,” Electronic Intifada, June 2, 2011.
[Excerpt: "IGY is one of the main LGBTQ youth
organizations in Israel; unfortunately, not only
is it complicit with Israel’s policies, but it also
systematically promotes and proactively supports
the same structures that oppress and discriminate
against Palestinians. As we have already mentioned
in our first letter, IGY works closely with the Israeli
Defense Forces (IDF) in recruiting young queers to
the army – a clear proof that IGY is not only a gay
organization, but a homonationalist one that plays
an active role in maintaining the same oppressive
political system that we are working hard to resist.”] 

The Queer Shadow Gallery Collective. “Que(e)rying the
Israel-linked GayMiddleEast.com: a statement by
Arab queers
,” June 23, 2011.

Doherty, Benjamin. "Arab activists
question Israel-linked GayMiddleEast.com,
” Electronic
Intifada,  June 23, 2011. ["A group of Arab activists
and human rights organizations have issued a
statement about the Israeli-linked group
GayMiddleEast.com. This organization was
founded in 2003 by Shabi Assaf Gatenio,
and has recently appeared in the media
after the exposure of the Amina hoax
presenting itself as the credible and
authentic voice of LGBT Arabs.”]

Doherty, Benjamin. "Pinkwashing: “MotherTeresa
with a keffiyeh” by marc3pax
Electronic Intifada, June 24, 2011.
["Pinkwashing is a phenomenon that
Palestine solidarity activists have become
vocal in resisting.”]

Pinkwatcher. "Divine Obfuscation: The
“Non-Political” Myth
,” Pinkwatching Israel,
November 9, 2011. ["By claiming to be
non-political they are making the very
political decision to ignore the plight
of the Palestinians. By claiming to be
non-political, they are accepting the
apartheid wall around Bethlehem,
and the illegal Israeli settlements in
Jerusalem. There is no such as thing
as non-political. What these groups
really mean is that they have the
privilege of ignoring discrimination
against Palestinians, and that they
will take advantage of that privilege
because their interfaith and LGBT
“solidarity” efforts must fit within
a specific agenda of Israeli
occupation. LGBT solidarity and
interfaith dialog are admirable
goals, and will certainly be a core
part of creating a stronger, Middle
East. However, true solidarity and dialog
will not amplify one set of voices will
continuing to silence the voices of the

Exposing IGY’s Program for the World
LGBTQ Youth Leaders Summit in Tel Aviv
Pinkwatching Israel, November 28, 2011.
[A visual roadmap exposing Israel’s gay
youth’s program for the World LGBT
Youth Leaders Summit in Tel Aviv.”]

Kouri-Towe, Natalie. “Trending Homonationalism,”
NoMorePotlucks.com. 2012. [Excerpt: Homonationalism
functions in complementary ways to Edward Said’s
concept of Orientalism, which describes how the
West produces knowledge and dominates ‘the
Orient’ through academic, cultural and discursive
processes. Like Orientalism, homonationalism
speaks to the ways Western powers (such as the
U.S. and Canada) circulate ideas about other
cultures (like Arab and Islamic cultures) in order
to produce the West as culturally, morally, and
politically advanced and superior. However,
unlike Orientalism, homonationalism speaks
particularly to the way gender and sexual rights
discourses become central to contemporary
forms of Western hegemony.”]

Alpert, Rebecca and Katherine Franke. Boycotting Equality
Forum’s Israeli Sponsorship,” Tikkun, May 10, 2012.

Silverstein, Richard. U.S. Gay Rights Activists: Stop
Pinkwashing Palestinian Suffering!
” Tikun Olam, June 7, 2012.

Liphshiz, Cnaan, "Israel Advocates Play Gay
,” Haaretz, June 12, 2009. [Excerpt:
"Tel Aviv's burgeoning gay scene may be the
single most effective Israel-advocacy
instrument in the Zionist toolbox, according
to participants of a new program which uses
Israel's vibrant gay culture to improve the
country's image abroad.”]

Meronek, Toshio. "De-Pinkwashing Israel,”
Truthout, November 17, 2012.

alQaws. "From Pinkwashing to
,” February 1, 2013.
["alQaws is pleased by the increasing
debate around pinkwashing and the
growing local and international activism
dedicated to counter pinkwashing
activities and to challenge the discourse
around it. In the last year we witnessed
a move from Pinkwashing to proactive
and strategized pinkWATCHING efforts.”]

Doherty, Benjamin. "Reviving Pinkwashing and Zionist fantasies
of violence against queers and transgender people,”
Electtronic Intifada, February 27, 2013.

Meronek, Toshio. “Exposing Israel’s ‘Pinkwashing’,”
Common Dreams, June 23, 2014. [Originally published
by Waging Nonviolence]

Abunimah, Ali. "AP corrects story falsely
claiming homosexuality is illegal for Palestinians
Electronic Intifada, July 7, 2015. 

Shabi, Rachel. Israel, the rainbow flag and the
'pinkwashing’ problem
. The country’s championing
of gay rights is a mere public relations activity,”
Al Jazeera, July 16, 2015.

Abunimah, Ali. “AP finds new ways to smear Palestinians
over same-sex rights
,” Electronic Intifada, July 30, 2015.
[Excerpt: "Earlier this month, after being contacted by
The Electronic Intifada, the Associated Press retracted
the false claim that same-sex sexual relations are illegal
under Palestinian law. No longer able to disseminate this
fabrication, AP has seemingly come up with new tactics
to smear Palestinians and put a positive gloss on

#CancelPinkwashing. “Post Creating Change — A
response from #CancelPinkwashing
,” January 27, 2016.

pinkwatcher. Boycott Tel Aviv Pride 2016,” Pinkwatching
Israel, May 27, 2016. [Includes six videos.] 

Barrows-Friedman, Nora. Israel’s first trans officer helps with ethnic
,” Electronic Intifada, April 12, 2017. [Excerpt: “Queer
and transgender activists protested an event featuring an Israeli
soldier in Seattle on 5 April. The event was supported by the
LGBTQ Commission, a body that advises city leaders on lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Two commissioners
resigned in protest just days earlier, criticizing the group’s
participation as an act of pinkwashing. Pinkwashing is a
public relations strategy that deploys Israel’s supposed
enlightenment toward LGBTQ issues to deflect criticism
from its human rights abuses and war crimes and as a
means to build up support for Israel among Western
liberals and progressives.

Barrows-Friedman, Nora. Artists ditch Israel’s
pinkwashing film festival
,” Electronic Intifada, June 1, 2017.

Dolsten, Josefin and JTA. "Jerusalem Chief Rabbi
Calls Homosexuality ‘A Wild Lust That Needs to Be
: 'It would be better if they cast off their
kippah and Shabbat [observance] and show their
true faces,' the rabbi said,” Haaretz, July 24, 2019.
[Excerpt: "The Sephardi chief rabbi of Jerusalem
said gay people cannot be religious Jews and
called homosexuality “a wild lust that needs to
be overcome.” Rabbi Shlomo Amar made the
remarks last week during a sermon.”] 

Ginsburg, Mitch. “Army’s ‘gay soldiers’ photo was staged,
is misleading
: Male soldiers holding hands in IDF’s viral
photograph are not a couple, only one is gay, and they
both serve in spokesman’s unit,” Times of Israel,
June 12, 2012.

Abunimah, Ali. “Chicago Dyke March accuser A Wider
Bridge has record of fabrications
,” Electronic Intifada,
June 26, 2017.

Marom, Yael. LGBTQ Israelis come out against occupation
and homophobia
: In response to online homophobic
attacks, over 50 LGBTQ left-wing activists and NGO workers
in Israel-Palestine release a statement condemning the
occupation, racism and pinkwashing,” +972, June 5, 2017.

Wise, Rabbi Alissa. JVP: Reactions To Our Parade Protest
Were ‘Cruel,’ ‘Homophobic,’ and ‘Hyperbolic
,’ The Forward
[Scribe], June 7, 2017. [Excerpt: "To be absolutely clear:
JVPers did not target vulnerable youth; they targeted a
jingoistic, nationalist parade to defend and celebrate a
state that denies equal rights for all its citizens, brutally
controls Palestinian life and land and fits the international
definition of an apartheid state. / Yesterday, the 50th year
to the day of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza,
and East Jerusalem, the JVP staff began our weekly staff
meeting by asking each other to answer a simple yet
difficult question: “Why is the Israeli occupation still
ongoing?” The discussion that followed was profound,
particularly in the wake of the backlash from our actions.
Reflecting on the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., the answer that emerged for me was not Donald
Trump or Netanyahu. It was the moderates in the
Jewish community.”]

Maikey, Haneen. “Why We Should Boycott Gay Pride
in Tel Aviv
,” Newsweek, June 9, 2017.

alQaws. "alQaws Statement re: media response to
Israel's blackmailing of gay Palestinians
.” September
19, 2014. [Excerpt: "we are dismayed by what we
have noticed in the tone of some critical responses
to these revelations of Israeli Intelligence Unit 8200’s
practices.  These responses have a disappointed air,
as if they were saying, ‘Behave, Israel, we know you
are better than this,’ and more, a triumphant tone in
pointing out the hypocrisy of Israeli pinkwashing, but
only on a superficial level, ‘Israel isn't all that
progressive on gay issues, if they're running around
extorting gay Palestinians.’ But this is misleading.
The fact is, Israel is a military colonial power that
lacks good intentions toward any Palestinian people
it controls and such practices of surveillance and
entrapment are central to, even constitutive of, the
Israeli military state.  This chiding discourse
re-colonizes our bodies by implicitly suggesting
that queer Palestinians look to Israel as our savior,
another repetition of a familiar and toxic colonial
fantasy - that the colonizer can provide something
important and necessary that the colonized cannot
possibly provide for themselves.”]

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural
Boycott of Israel (PACBI). 
Surge in Support for Boycott
of Israeli LGBT Film Festival Shows Growing Respect for
Palestinian Picket Line: Fourteen filmmakers and other
artists declared their support for boycotting Israeli
government sponsored TLVFest
,”  BDSmovement.net,
June 9, 2017.

Fox, Anna. I’m a queer Jewish student. Is my acceptance
in organized Jewish communities conditional?
” Jewschool,
June 14, 2017. [Excerpt: “Jewish institutional support for
queer Jews is conditional on their adherence to the
partyline on Israel-Palestine.”]

pinkwatcher. Campaigners complain to IGLTA [International
Gay and Lesbian Travel Association] about complicity of
Israeli travel agencies
,” Pinkwatching Israel, June 19, 2017.

pinkwatcher. On Race, Palestine, and “Dividing the Gay
” Pinkwatching Israel, October 21, 2011.
[Excerpt: "But what is happening now is nothing new.
Every social movement has at some point been fractured
along the lines of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and
ours is no exception. The second wave of feminist organizing
in the US excluded lesbians, transfolk, and marginalized
the voices of women of color. The critique leveled at the
movement at the time by people of color such as bell
hooks and Audre Lorde was its assumption of
homogeneity, of having priorities and discourses
defined and set by those in positions of privilege
but who claimed to speak for all. The exact same
thing is happening now in the LGBT movement
on a global scale. We would do well to learn
from this history.”]

Horesh, Uri. “Israel’s pinkwashing exposed as
dishonest at New York debates
,” Electronic Intifada,
April 6, 2012.

rad fag. “Happening Now: Trans-led Coalition Shuts
Down Chicago Pride Parade
," radfag.com, June 25, 2017.

Gupta, Amith. Anti-Semitism accusations against
‘Dyke March’ prove pro-Israel lobby will torch LGBT
rights for marginalized people
,” Mondoweiss, July 4, 2017.

Marom, Yael. No more waiting: LGBTQ Israelis
must take the rights they deserve
: The Israeli
government doesn’t believe LGBTQ Israelis should
be able to adopt children, yet continues to tell the
world what a wonderful place Israel for the queer
community,” +972, July 18, 2017. [Excerpt: "The time
has come to understand that between the
Nation-State Law, attacks on the “left-wing media,”
and Netanyahu’s corruption scandals, the LGBTQ
community is one of the last remaining fig leafs
propping up the deceitful image of Israel as a
Western, liberal country. The community has
great deal of power, and it’s time to stop playing nice.”]

Abunimah, Ali. “Video: Israeli pinkwashing protested
at Berlin pride parade,” Electronic Intifada, July 25, 2017.
[Excerpt: “Pinkwashing is the public relations strategy
that deploys Israel’s supposed enlightenment toward
LGBTQ issues to deflect criticism from its human
rights abuses. 
It often involves gross exaggerations
of Israel’s progressive policies, accompanied by outright
lies about Palestinians.

Elia, Nada. Don't try to stop us from denouncing Israel’s
. Criticising the Israeli propaganda tactic
does not get in the way of activism against society’s
many other oppressive systems,” Middle East Eye,
April 19, 2018. [Excerpt: 
Israeli snipers with orders
to shoot anyone who approaches the illegal “border”
do not stop to inquire about their target's gender
identity before pulling the trigger.”]

Kelleher, Patrick. LGBT performers to boycott
Eurovision in Israel with online broadcast
PinkNews, April 24, 2019. [Excerpt: 
A number
of artists—including LGBT+ and drag performers
—will be boycotting this year’s Eurovision Song
Contest with an alternative online broadcast. The
broadcast, which is called Globalvision, will air
online at the same time as the Eurovision final
in Tel Aviv as a part of the Boycott, Divestment,
Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.”]

Marom, Yael. LGBTQ activists block Tel Aviv Pride
March: 'There is no pride in occupation’
activists were protesting what they called the Israeli
government’s cynical exploitation of the LGBTQ
community to appear liberal and progressive and
cover up its violation of Palestinians’ human rights
in Gaza and the West Bank," +972, June 8, 2018.

Abunimah, Ali. LGBTQ filmmakers refuse to let Israel
use them to pinkwash its crimes
Electronic Intifada,
June 8, 2018.

Shezaf, Hagar, and Jonathan Jacobson. Revealed:
Israel's Cyber-spy Industry Helps World Dictators
Hunt Dissidents and Gays
Haaretz investigation
spanning 100 sources in 15 countries reveals Israel
has become a leading exporter of tools for spying on
civilians. Dictators around the world – even in countries
with no formal ties to Israel – use them eavesdrop on
human rights activists, monitor emails, hack into apps
and record conversations, Haaretz, October 19, 2018. 

Schulman, Sarah. "How the BDS movement convinced
‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway to shoot in L.A.
instead of Israel
,” Mondoweiss, October 20, 2018.

Hylton, Riri. "LGBTQ groups call for Eurovision boycott,”
Electronic Intifada, February 1, 2019. [Excerpt: “The
organization alQaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity
in Palestinian Society contends that Israel is engaged
in pinkwashing – the cynical use of LGBTQ rights by
states and corporations to downplay their negative
Haneen Maikey, director of alQaws, said
that “Israel is using Eurovision as pop culture
diplomacy” and is seeking to “exploit” the
competition’s LGBTQ fans. Maikey alleged that
Israel was “feigning support for gay rights while
it incarcerates millions of indigenous Palestinians
in bantustans.”]

Skora, Stephanie. "A Wider Bridge: the “gay rights”
group funded by homophobes,” Electronic Intifada,
February 25, 2019. [Excerpt: "A Wider Bridge receives
funding directly from organizations with a long and
troubling pattern of giving to groups that could be
classified as right-wing, anti-gay, anti-Muslim,
pro-settlement; campus-specific organizations
dedicated to those causes; or agents and politicians
in the Republican Party. All eight of their publicly
available institutional funders have repeatedly
given to organizations that fit these categories.”]
Also see Stephanie Skora, “Pride with Prejudice:
Exposing a Wider Bridge’s Right Wing Funding,”
36 page pdf readable and downloadable

Maikey, Haneen and Hilary Aked. "Eurovision has
turned into a ‘pinkwashing’ opportunity for
Israel – the LGBT+ community should boycott it
The Independent [UK], March 3, 2019.

Hylton, Riri. "LGBTQ groups call for Eurovision
,” Electronic Intifada, February 1, 2019.

Magid, Jacob. "As rest of right unites,
Kahane disciples declare merger with anti-LGBT
,” The Times of Israel, July 28, 2019.

Queers for Palestine. "Our Lives, Our Streets!
— Palestine solidarity and the 2019 Berlin
Radical Queer March
,” Mondoweiss, July 29,
2019. ["We are here. We are queer. We are
internationalists marching for intersectional
feminist politics, for trans liberation, for sex
workers rights, for freedom of movement and
the right to stay, for a free Palestine, in
solidarity with LGBTQI communities in Turkey,
Russia and everywhere, for freedom and justice
for all. And we will not be silenced!.”] Also see
Our Lives, Our Streets! Palestine Solidarity
in the Radical Queer March Berlin 2019

Ashly, Jaclynn. "PA rescinds ban on LGBTQ
group after protests
,” Electronic Intifada,
August 27, 2019. ["The Palestinian Authority
has rescinded a ban on a gay and transgender
advocacy group that caused outrage among
human rights organizations and fear among
some of its members and after a huge
backlash….On 17 August, Palestinian Authority
police spokesperson Louai Irzeqat issued a
statement targeting Al-Qaws (“The Rainbow”
in Arabic), claiming the group goes against
“traditional Palestinian values” and called on
citizens to report “suspicious figures attempting
to provoke and harm the Palestinian social fabric.”
It also accused the group of being “foreign
agents.” The statement came even though
Palestinian law does not consider homosexuality
a crime. “It makes all of us scared,” said
23-year-old Ahmad, who also wanted to remain
anonymous and is from the northern occupied
West Bank. “The PA should be the ones protecting
its citizens from violence, and now they are the
ones who are encouraging it.”]

Ashly, Jaclynn. "A burgeoning drag scene
challenges stereotypes,” Electronic Intifada,
September 5, 2019. ["Kawsar is part of a
burgeoning Palestinian drag scene in Jaffa
and Haifa, involving Palestinians from all
over historic Palestine – from Jerusalem to
Umm al-Fahm, in present-day northern
Israel. “I am prouder than ever to be
Palestinian and a drag queen in this
political situation,” Kawsar said, noting
that her shows and visibility are challenging
Israel’s attempts at pinkwashing decades of
colonization and its more than half-century
occupation of Palestinian territory.”]

Dommu, Rose. "This Israeli Artist’s
Transition Helped Lead Her to
,” Out, September 27, 2019.
["Most queer American Jews need to
understand that Israel/Palestine is their
problem, especially those who benefit
from publicizing the intersection of being
Jewish and queer but never talk about
their complicity with Israel/Palestine.
To me, that’s doing a disservice to the
truth and to their true position in the
world. We need to see a mass
organization of queer Jews making
sure that Palestinian solidarity and
Palestinian freedom and antizionist
Jewish identiy is on the agenda in
our workplace, in our social circles,
in our family dinners, everywhere
we go. 
There are very direct tiesbetween
queer issues andIsrael/Palestine issues….
Obviously the state of Israel pays a lot of
money to present itself as a queer-friendly
haven, what’s known as pinkwashing, so
any state propoganda that as a queer person
you see in your space, and festival you’re
invited to in Israel, every time you go to a
march and you see and Israeli flag, unpack
that shit and refuse to accept it as part of
your queer paardigm.
” — Ita Segev]

Barrows-Friedman, Nora. "Israel uses
Latino HIV activist to pinkwash apartheid
Electronic Intifada, October 18, 2019.
["Dozens of Latino scholars are urging
a major HIV/AIDS justice organization
to stop helping Israel whitewash its
abuses of Palestinians. In July, Guillermo
Chacón, executive director of the Latino
Commission on AIDS, traveled to Israel
on a propaganda tour. It was hosted by
Project Interchange, a program of the
American Jewish Committee, a prominent
Israel lobby group.”]

Arria, Michael. "‘Progressive’ NY primary
winner Ritchie Torres participates in pinkwashing
pride event featuring an IDF commander
Mondoweiss, June 26, 2020.

alQaws. Website. ["a Palestinian queer organization
that takes part in a great deal of political activism,
including anti-pinkwashing campaigns, as well as
working within the Palestinian queer communities
in Palestine, Israel and the diaspora. Their site has
a wealth of information on queer issues in

Extreme(ly Queer) Muslims Episode 3: Izzaddine talks Islam, Palestine, and Pinkwashing [6/19/17]

Homophobia and Pinkwashing: Part 9 of "The Bullet, The Ballot & The Boycott" by David Sheen
[at Emory University 12/12/15]

SHEFITA - Pink [Aerosmith cover] - Tel Aviv Official Pinkwash 2016   "Contrary to popular belief,
there's nothing fashionable about the occupation, so please, stop pinkwashing it!"

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of electronicintifada.net, discusses David Sheen's reporting on Israel's
treatment of African refugees, in a short segment from his lecture "Pinkwash, Greenwash,
.” [2013]

What is Queer BDS? Pinkwashing, Intersections,Struggles, Politics" (Angela Davis) [2012]

In the past few years the Israeli government
and its supporters have been actively
promoting the country as the only nation
in the Middle East to support lesbian and
gay rights, and advertising their beaches
to the gay community as an ideal vacation
spot. Across the west lesbians and gays
have adamantly rejected this campaign on
the grounds that the Israeli government
is using gay and lesbian issues, and gays
and lesbians themselves, to cover up or
pinkwash" their actions, deemed criminal"
by the United Nations, against Palestinians.
In this talk, historian Elise Chenier offers
an overview of the history of queer politics
in the west to put the current movement
of queers against Israeli apartheid in
context.” [2014]


Image by Micah Bizant. Micah is a trans
visual artist who works with social justice
movements to reimagine the world.”

No to Eurovision Pinkwashing.
More Than 60 LGBTQ+ Groups Call
for Boycott of Song Contest in Israel
Queer and trans liberation
organizations from nearly 20
countries across Europe and
beyond are calling on global
LGBTQIA communities to take
a stand for Palestinian human
rights and boycott the 2019
Eurovision Song Contest in
Israel.” [PinkwatchingIsrael.com,

Photo from Leil Zahra Mortada / Oumaima Dermoumi

Stop Pinkwashing Israeli Apartheid

Activists march in a Pink-Black Block, protesting against PInk-Washing
and against the Israeli occupation, during the Jerusalem Pride Parade,
June 6, 2019. Photo by: Keren Manor and Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org


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Anti-Pinkwashing Activists Take Over London Pride

Queer Cinema for Palestine

"More than 130 LGBTQIA+ filmmakers and film
artists from 15 countries have signed a groundbreaking
pledge committing not to participate in TLVFest,
the Israeli government-sponsored LGBT film
festival in Tel Aviv."

From Orgullo Crítico Madrid

You Can't Pinkwash Apartheid  - Tel Aviv
LGBTQS Against Pinkwashing - Tel Aviv

Anti-pinkwashing protestors demonstrate in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square
in reaction to the city's annual Pride rally [June, 2020 / +972]

From Madrid to Berlin – Queer BDS will fight.
Queer BDS will win!💪🏽” — Orgullo Crítico Madrid

Liberation in Palestine, A Queer
Issue - Haneen Maikey, February 28,
2014 [Haneen Maikey is founder &
director of alQaws for Sexual and
Gender Diversity within Palestinian


“Filmmakers are pulling out of the
Tel Aviv LGBT film festival.

Citing accountability in the
queer community to communities
of colour, Puerto Rican filmmaker,
André Pérez, joins Ana Čigon
(Slovenia) and withdraws from
the festival

Queers for a Free Palestine

Say No to #pinkwashing, Yes to #BDS
(Boycott Divestment & Sanctions)! 🌈💖💪
A special musical appeal to BBC Eurovision
Song Contest-host The Graham Norton
Show, starring drag king Beaujangles, in
support of the Palestinian call to

Berlin Queers for Palestine

Our Lives, Our Streets! —
Palestine solidarity and the
2019 Berlin Radical Queer March

Feminist Killjoy Against Pinkwashing

Izzy Mustafa is “a Brooklyn-based
Palestinian transgender man who
grew up in the Diaspora.

"A left-wing activist holds up a Palestinian flag
at Tel Aviv Pride,  June 28, 2020 (Oren Ziv/Activestills)”
/ Shai Gortler and Haokets: "Why I brought a Palestinian
flag to an Israeli Pride rally
. I reject the
government's exploitation of the LGBTQ+ struggle
to further its supremacist goals" [+972,
July 17, 2020].

Pinkwatching Israel’s Pinkwatching Kit [2012]

alQaws: 5 Ways to Support Palestinian Queers”

1) Center Palestinian LGBTQ voices in your reporting

We are constantly talked about but our voices are rarely heard.
When reporting on issues that pertain to LGBTQ Palestinians,
just ask yourself: whose voice does this story center? If it
doesn't center the voices of LGBTQ Palestinians, then your
actions might lead to more harm even if your intentions are
to help. Come talk to us and hear our perspective. Do not
simply copy and paste translated Hebrew/Israeli media to tell
our story. alQaws activists and staff always provide our names
when interviewed, so if you read an article/post with a claimed
quote from us with no name attributed, you should know it is
not from us.

2) Realize that colonialism, patriarchy and homophobia
are all connected forms of oppression

Singling out incidents of homophobia in Palestinian
society ignores the complexities of Israel's colonization
and military occupation being a contributing factor to
Palestinian LGBTQ oppression. We have been living under
more than 7 decades of Israel's military occupation. We see
the Israeli occupation of our land and bodies as connected
to and amplifying the diverse forms of oppression
experienced in every society around the globe. alQaws
believes the way to truly counter homophobia in Palestine
is by understanding and applying the broader political
context in any solidarity activities. We ask that you situate
Palestinian LGBTQ oppression within the larger context
of Israeli occupation, colonialism, patriarchy and
homophobia at large.

3) Steer clear of pinkwashing

Perpetuating tiresome tropes of presenting Palestinians
as inherently oppressive and Israel as a liberal state
that protects LGBTQ rights is counter-productive and
factually baseless. Israel is a settler-colonial state that
offers no rights to Palestinians, queer or otherwise. Our
struggle as queer Palestinians is against Israeli colonialism
as much as it is against homophobia and patriarchy in
Palestine. Israel uses pinkwashing tactics to lie about
“saving” LGBTQ Palestinians from their society. We ask
that you steer away from these lies that are intentionally
used to justify their colonization of Palestine. alQaws
and our allies in Palestine will continue to amplify our
message as well as provide protection and a political
home for LGBTQ Palestinians. Israeli LGBTQ groups do
not have a say in the work that should be done to fight
patriarchy and homophobia in Palestine, including the
incitements led by the Palestinian police.

4) Understand our commitment to our local
community organizing

alQaws has been organizing in historic Palestine to
educate Palestinian society on sexual and gender
divesity since 2001. We are a small team of
dedicated activists who believe change comes
from working within our local context. We put
enormous daily and strategic efforts in our local
grassroots advocacy organizing in Palestine.
Therefore, and especially in such a crisis, we
prioritize providing education and safety to our
communities first. Please be patient with us as
we respond to your media inquiries.

5) Support our work and vision

We believe in the power of people to make social
change possible. Some practical ways you can help
amplify our vision for change is by educating
yourself and your networks on the work that we do
at alQaws. Follow us on social media, share our
resources, talk to your friends and family about
the importance of standing up against bigotry
towards LGBTQ people, and make sure that your
vision of liberation and freedom in Palestine
includes us all.

The Truth, Not Hasbara

On “Greenwashing":

From IsraeliLaundry.org

Abu Ata, Alex. “Water apartheid leaves Palestinian
children ill
,” Electronic Intifada, May 23, 2012.

Abunimah, Ali. “Activists burst occupation profiteer
SodaStream’s “feel-good” bubble,” Electronic
Intifada, November 20, 2013. [Also see Amena
Saleem, "
Israel steps up SodaStream marketing
in attempt to greenwash Israeli settlement crimes,”
Electronic Intidada, February 3, 2013.]

Abunimah, Ali. “Are Israeli arms sales hiding
behind “agriculture” in South Sudan?” Electronic
Intifada, July 25, 2019. [“When Ziv first came
to South Sudan he said his goal was to help
the country “recover from war,” using – as
OCCRP puts it – “Israel’s experience in
agricultural development as a model.”
The claim that Israel has expertise in
irrigation and cultivation to share with
African countries is a major part of the
propaganda accompanying its effort to
win diplomatic support on the continent.
But as with most Israeli propaganda,
it’s a sham. What Israel has really sown
across the continent are atrocities and
suffering including by arming South
Africa’s apartheid regime and supplying
weapons during the genocide in Rwanda.”]

Abunimah, Ali. “If it’s against Jewish law, then
why is Israel doing it?
” Electronic Intifada, January
28, 2004.  ["The Israeli army has destroyed
hundreds of thousands of Palestinian olive and
citrus trees throughout the Occupied West Bank
and Gaza Strip in recent years. Yet in a startling
admission, a staffer at the Jewish National Fund
for Israel (JNF) has written that, “it is against
Jewish halachic law to uproot fruit bearing
trees….Nowhere on its website or in its
fundraising literature does the JNF mention that,
in fact, Israel has engaged in the massive,
systematic destruction of Palestinian fruit-bearing
trees, all over the occupied territories, and in parts
of Palestine in which Israel was established in

Abunimah, Ali. "Israel wants to protect environment
as it massacres Gaza marchers
,” Electronic Intifada,
April 5, 2018. [Excerpt: "Israel is trying to present
itself as environmentally friendly as it prepares
once again to massacre civilian marchers in the
occupied Gaza Strip. Its propaganda is all the
more cynical, given the environmental catastrophe
its decade-long siege has imposed on the two
million Palestinians in the coastal enclave.”]

Abunimah, Ali. “New “Green Israel” ads on CNN
greenwash sewage of occupation and aparthei
Electronic Intifada, June 22, 2012.

Ahmed, Sanjidah and Hadeel Abdelhy.
Environmental justice, not dialogue, for
,” The Chronicle [Duke], October
24, 2018. [Excerpt: “Frankly, we find J Street
U Duke and Duke Environmental Alliance’s
celebration of this event as a “peacemaking
event” to learn about Arava’s efforts to “loosen
the tension between even the oldest of feuds”
to be both ludicrous and shameful. We reject
the premise that dialogue between Israelis and
Palestinians can solve environmental problems
when Israeli violence is responsible for
Palestinian environmental degradation and
unbearable living conditions. As we have
clarified, this not a mere “feud.” The
environmental degradation in Palestine
is the result of Israel inflicting decades
of environmental violence as a method
of collective punishment to ensure the
complete domination and annihilation
of Palestinian people.”] 

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine. “Greenwashing
Israel: Water Firms in California
,” June 6, 2016.

alQaws. "From Pinkwashing to
,” February 1, 2013.
["alQaws is pleased by the increasing
debate around pinkwashing and the
growing local and international activism
dedicated to counter pinkwashing
activities and to challenge the discourse
around it. In the last year we witnessed
a move from Pinkwashing to proactive
and strategized pinkWATCHING efforts.”]

Ashly, Jaclynn. "Drowning in the waste of
Israeli settlers
. Some 19 million cubic
metres of wastewater from Israeli
settlements flows through the occupied
West Bank each year,”  Al Jazeera,
September 18, 2017.

Baroud, Ramzy. War on nature: How Zionist
colonialism has destroyed the environment in
.” Middle East Monitor, February 11, 2019.

Baroud, Ramzy and Romana Rubeo. 
Israel's'environmental crisis' is of its own making.
Israel's destruction of the environment in
Palestinian territories is now threatening
Israeli lives,” Al Jazeera, July 7, 2019.

B’Tselem. Olive harvest, 2018: Israeli settlers injure
Palestinian farmers, harm trees and steal olives
December 6, 2018.

Barghouti, Dr. Mustafi. Israel seizes 87% of our water
and wants to sell us sea water in return,” Palestine
Monitor, July 27, 2017.

Baroud, Ramzy. “War on nature: How Zionist
colonialism has destroyed the environment in
,” Middle East Monitor, February 11, 2019.
[Excerpt: “Palestine contains vast colonisation
potential which the Arabs neither need nor are
qualified to exploit,” wrote one of Israel’s founding
fathers and first Prime Minister, David Ben
Gurion, to his son Amos in 1937.”] 

 B’Tselem. “Water Crisis,” section on B’Tselem
website, accessed March, 2019. [Excerpt: "In 1967,
Israel seized control of all water resources in the
newly occupied territories. Israel retains exclusive
control over all the water resources between the
Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, except
for a small section of the coastal aquifer in the Gaza
Strip. Israel uses the water as it sees fit, ignoring the
needs of Palestinians in the West Bank and in the
Gaza Strip, subjecting them to a mostly man-made
watershortage. Neither area is supplied enough water.
In Gaza, even the water that is supplied is
substandard and not potable.”] 

Beiler, Ryan Rodrick. “The sun also shines … but not
equally on all
,” Electronic Intifada, May 6, 2017.

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle
East (CJPME), “Factsheet," August, 2018.
[Downloadable fact sheet. “This
factsheet discusses how the Israeli government
uses "greenwashing" by pretending to be
environmentally-friendly in order to deflect
attention from its human rights abuses
against Palestinians.]

Chhaya, Meeraj. "Greenwashing the Naqab,”
The Nakba Files, November 19, 2018. [“…
based on two reports published by Who Profits
Research Center
in February 2017
entitled, “Greenwashing the Occupation: The
Solar Energy Industry and the Israeli Occupation

and “Greenwashing the Naqab: The Israeli Industry
of Solar Energy
”. Who Profits is a research center
dedicated to exposing the role of the private sector
in the Israeli occupation economy."]

Cook. Jonathan. "Israel greenwashing the “war on terror,”
Electronic Intifada, March 30, 2010.

Cooper, Therezia. "SodaStream: Greenwashing the
Israeli occupation
,” Palestine Monitor, October 3, 2012.

Corradin, Camilla. "Israel: Water as a tool to dominate
. Israel deliberately denies Palestinians
control over their water sources and sets the ground
for water domination,” Al Jazeera, June 23, 2016.

Deprez, Miriam. "Even animals are divided by Israel’s
Wall and occupation threats to the local environment
Middle East Monitor, August 20, 2018.

Elia, Nadia. "Israel's 'greenwashing' now extends to
co-opting vegetarianism in its 'moral' army of
,” TheNewArab, September 19, 2017.

Handmaker, Jeff, Adri Nieuwhof and Phon
van den Biesen. "Greenwashing event glosses
over Israel’s atrocities
Mondoweiss, May 12, 2020.

Hass, Amira. "Israel Incapable of Telling Truth
About Water It Steals From Palestinians
. Water
is the only issue in which Israel (still) finds it
difficult to defend its discriminatory, oppressive
and destructive policy with pretexts of security
and God,” Haaretz, June 22, 2016. 

Holm, Julie. “Greenwashing the Occupation,”
MIFTAH, February 1, 2012.

Horowitz, Adam. "‘If you’re for justice for
Palestinians, you’re for climate justice’: Zena
Agha on climate change and the future of
,” Mondoweiss, April 29, 2019.

Hughes, Sara. “Greenwashing” the Occupation:
The role of environmental governance and the
discourse of sustainability in sustaining the Israeli
occupation of Palestine
,” paper presented to
American Association of Geographers Annual
Meeting, April 10, 2018.

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.
"Greenwashing Apartheid: Stop the JNF" /
The Jewish National Fund’s Environmental
 E-Book V. 4, May 15, 2011.
Downloadable pdf. [Contributing authors include
Salman Abu-Sitta, Corey Balsam, Jesse Benjamin,
Max Blumenthal, Judy Deutsch, Coya White
Hat-Artichoker, Sara Kershnar, Joel Kovel,
Mich Levy, Akram Salhab, Eurig Scandrett,
David Schwartzman, 
Ismail Zayid]  

Jewish Voice for Peace.  “Greenwashing
,” IsraeliLaundry.org,
November 23, 2011. 

Jewish Voice for Peace. “Greenwashing,”
2011. [Archive of Israeli Laundry.org].

Kate. "Eight EU countries tell Israel to
pay up after destroying solar panels
donated to Bedouin village
,” Mondoweiss,
October 23, 2017.

Kattenburg, Daniel. Adapting to
change under ‘water apartheid,’
Mondoweiss, September 9, 2019.
["‘Water apartheid’, it’s called: Jewish
settlers receive copious volumes for
cheap, Palestinians scrape and scratch
to get what they need, at great cost.
A highly asymmetrical, discriminatory
and exploitative regime formalized in
law, achieved through physical separation
and enforced by soldiers and police.
The very definition of apartheid.”]

Koppelman, Susan. Veolia, Mekorot and
the struggle for Palestinian water rights
Mondoweiss, March 22, 2014.

Levidow, Les. "Holding the Green
Line: Israeli Ecological Imperialism
Matzpen, February 10, 1990. 

Lorber, Ben. Covering up crimes with
trees; the greenwashing of Israel’s apartheid,”
Earth to Earth, July 17, 2012. [Originally
posted to International Journal of Socialist Renewal.]

Lorber, Ben. "Israel’s environmental
colonialism and eco-apartheid
,” Links, July
12, 2012. [Excerpt: "Today, as Israel portrays
itself as a “green democracy”’, an eco-friendly
pioneer in agricultural techniques such as drip
irrigation, dairy farming, desert ecology, water
management and solar energy, Israeli factories
drain toxic waste and industrial pollutants down
from occupied West Bank hilltops into Palestinian
villages, and over-pumping of groundwater
aquifers denies Palestinians access to vital water
sources in a context of increasing water scarcity
and pollution.”]

Ma’an News Agency. Israeli forces spray
weed killers near Gaza border, burn
Palestinian crops
,” January 24, 2017.

McKernan, Bethan. Israel seizes solar panels
donated to Palestinians by Dutch government
Independent [UK], July 3, 2017. [
Of particular
note is that Jubbet al-Dhib is very close to
Israeli outpost villages – settlements illegal
under both Israeli and international law –
which enjoy a full connection to the main
power grid.”]

Middle East Monitor. “Israel army cuts
water supply to Jordan Valley village
September 19, 2019.

Middle East Monitor. "Israel turns West
Bank into toxic waste dump,” August
18, 2018. ["
According to Palestinian
experts, Israeli disposal of its wastes is
a clear violation of international laws
related to environmental protection.
Speaking to Anadolu, head of the
Palestinian Environment Authority
Adala Al-Atira said: “There are 98
Israeli landfills across the occupied
West Bank.” This is in addition to the
scores of landfill sites which are used
by the illegal settlements but have not
been officially recognised or allocated.”]

Middle East Monitor. "Israel settlers dump
sewage on Palestinian school in Qalqiliya
November 2, 2018. [Also see Middle East
Monitor, "
Israel settlers flood Palestinian
farmland with sewage
,” May 9, 2018.]

Middle East Monitor. "Israel settlers
flood Palestinian farmland with
,” May 9. 2018.

Middle East Monitor. "Nearly 1,600
trees vandalised by Israel settlers in
the West Bank since start of 2020
March 20, 2020.

Miller, Anna Lekas. "Settlers Dump
Sewage On Palestinian Land
. Anna
Lekas Miller reports on a protest
in the West Bank village of Sebastiya,
where Israeli settlers from Shavei Shomron
have started dumping their sewage,”
Daily Beast, March 8, 2013, updated
July 12, 2017.

Murphy, Maureen Clare. "A tree-hugging
“peace” film detached from Palestine’s
,” Electronic Intifada, April 17, 2014.

Murphy, Maureen Clare. "Herbicide warfare
against Gaza farmers
,” Electronic Intifada,
July 23, 2019. [“Israel’s military propagandists
are at it again. A video recently tweeted by
COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s
military occupation, celebrates its efforts
to teach Palestinian farmers in the West Bank
about hybrid fruits and vegetables. What
the military doesn’t boast of in its cheerful
short video is its systematic poisoning of
besieged Gaza’s most fertile
agricultural land.”]

Murray, Nancy. "Farming while Palestinian:
a World Water Day outrage
,” Mondoweiss,
March 22, 2019.

Nassar, Tamara. "Israel “drastically
escalates” destruction of EU-funded
energy projects
,” Electronic Intifada, March
26, 2018. [“There is no realistic avenue for
Palestinians living in Area C to ‘legally’ install
or maintain solar panels,” the report states.
This reality forces Palestinians to either leave
the area or build without permits and live in
constant fear that their homes will be
demolished and their solar panels

Nieuwhof, Adri. "Israel is world’s leading
practitioner of water apartheid
,” Electronic
Intifada, March 29, 2017. [Excerpt: “Israel
markets its water expertise as an agent of
change internationally but uses water as a
weapon of war against the Palestinians,
according to South Africa’s minister of water
and sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane.”]

Palestinian BDS National Committee.
"Palestine is a climate justice issue –
Israeli apartheid is not ‘green’
Mondoweiss, December 4, 2019.
[Excerpt: "Israel’s racist and false claim,
“making the desert bloom,” is intended
to hide its violent destruction of
Palestinian society and its unsustainable
agricultural and water use practices. /
97.7% of Israel’s electricity production
comes from fossil fuels, including natural
gas extracted in part by illegally exploiting
Palestinian gas resources. / Israel is
seeking to export energy to Europe to
create dependency upon its fossil
fuel-based and illicitly generated
energy sources. / Israel generates
wind and solar energy in illegally
occupied Palestinian and Syrian land.
/ Warfare, a pillar of Israel’s economy,
is one of the world’s most polluting

Palestinian Information Center. “Israeli
settlers poison Palestinian wheat fields
in Jordan Valley
,” February 24, 2020.

Patel, Yumna. "'Agricultural terrorism’:
Palestinian crops face destruction by Israeli
. Palestinians farmers are left without
a source of income as settlers destroy crops
just months before harvest,” Middle East Eye,
May 27, 2018.

Patel. Yumna. "UN expert: ‘Israel’s policy
of usurping Palestinian natural resources
has robbed the Palestinians of vital assets’
Mondoweiss, March 19, 2019. [Excerpt: “The
report reads: For the almost five million
Palestinians living under occupation, the
degradation and alienation of their water
supply, the exploitation of their natural
resources and the defacing of their
environment is symptomatic of the lack
of any meaningful control they have over
their daily lives as Israel, the occupying
power, exercises its military administrative
powers in a sovereign-like fashion, with
vastly discriminatory consequences.]

PNN. "Israel floods Gaza with rainwater,
,” January 19, 2020. Excerpt: “For
the third time in the past week, Israeli
Occupation on Saturday opened the
dams collecting rainwater towards
farmland east of Gaza City, flooding
hundreds of dunams of agricultural
land. According to WAFA, Israel opened
the dams and drained the collected
rainwater toward the Gaza Strip flooding
and damaging hundreds of dunams of
land planted with wheat, barley, peas,
cabbage, and cauliflower.”]

Rothchild, Alice. "Climate Justice and
Palestine: The New Intersectionality
Grassroots International, February 19,
2016. [Excerpt: “[G]roups like Grassroots
International, an organization mobilizing
resources from progressive US donors,
look to the climate justice movement in
Palestine as a source of information and
inspiration. “They are advancing a powerful
vision of climate justice, by developing
sustainable livelihoods, protecting the
environment and fighting against the
Israeli occupation, all at the same time. 
As the just transition movement grows
in the US, calling for a transition from
the extractive, exploitative economy to
resilient, thriving communities, stronger
solidarity with Palestine’s climate justice
movement will be key to achieving
that vision.”]

Sasa, Ghada. "Israel: Greenwashing
Colonialism And Apartheid,”
MES Major Paper, York University,
2017. ["This paper combines scholarly
research with personal narrative,
drawing on my personal experience,
as a Palestinian who witnessed Israel’s
injustices first-hand.”]

Schivone, Gabriele. “Countering
Israeli greenwashing at the
People’s Climate March
Electronic Intifada, September
21, 2014.

Silver, Charlotte. "How the Jewish
National Fund bluewashes Israeli
,” Electronic Intifada,
June 18, 2014. [Excerpt: “This
“bluewashing” agenda seeks to
extract the issues of water in
Palestine from the broader
political circumstances, focusing
on technical solutions to water
scarcity and emphasizing Israel’s
conservational approaches to
wastewater and agricultural
practices. The salient facts are
ignored — Israel exercises total
control over all the natural water
sources in the region, deliberately
gives Palestinians insufficient water
and even denies their ability to
collect it, and thus maintains a
system of water apartheid.”]

Silver, Charlotte. “Israel’s
hydro-apartheid keeps
West Bank thirsty
,” Electronic
Intifada, August 1, 2016.
[Excerpt: "Of course there
is no water scarcity in the West
Bank. What we suffer from is
induced scarcity – it’s called the
occupation. This is the regime
imposed on Palestinians
immediately after the war in
June 1967. Israel rules through
military orders, which have the
direct and intended result of
keeping Palestinians short on
water. It is not an ongoing
gradual dispossession as with
land and settlements, but was
done in one sweep by Military
Order No. 92,in August 1967.”]

Silver, Charlotte. "Silicon Valley
accord recycles
myth of Israel’s
green record
,” Electronic
Intifada, March 7, 2014.

Stop the JNF. "Stop the Jewish
National Fund Greenwashing
BNC, January 27, 2012.

The Palestine Project. “Israeli
violations biggest threat to
Palestinian biodiversity,” WAFA,
June 4, 2020.

Trade Union Friends of Palestine.
"The Histadrut: Its History and Role
in Occupation, Colonisation and
,” May 2011. [Excerpt:
"Unfortunately the Histadrut is
not only part of this process
of domination but has utilised
its supposedly left wing credentials
to pose as the acceptable face
of the Israeli occupation.”]

United Nations Conference on
Trade and Development. “The
Beseiged Palestinian Agricultural
Sector,” 2015. [Forty five page
report downloadable

Weiss, Philip and Adam Horowitz.
Global Earth Day coalition drops
SodaStream over complicity in
Israeli occupation
,” Mondoweiss,
April 22, 2014.

Westbrook, Stephanie. “EarthDay
in Israel: Apartheid Showing
Through the Greenwash
Mondoweiss, April 24, 2010.

Westbrook, Stephanie.
"Italian-Israeli water
conference is showcase for
international law violations
Mondoweiss, October 2, 2016.

Who Profits. “Greenwashing
the Golan: The Israeli
Wind Energy Industry in the
Occupied Syrian Golan
March, 2019. [Downloadable
fourteen page pdf]

Who Profits. “Greenwashing
the Naqab: The Israeli
Industry of Solar Energy
February 2017. [Downloadable
twenty four page pdf]

Who Profits. “Greenwashing the
Occupation: The Solar Energy
Industry and the Israeli Occupation
January, 2017. [Downloadable
eighty page pdf]

Winstanley, Asa. “Greenwashing:
Israel’s latest colonial tool against
,” Middle East Monitor,
November 30, 2016.

Yaghi, Amjad Ayman. “Desperate
work for desperate people
. Israel’s
attacks continue to harm health
and the environment after the
bombing stops,” Electronic
Intifada, October 15, 2019.
[Excerpt: "The UN accepted the
invitation but Israel refused to
cooperate with the UN, during
or after the attack, and the
delegation never entered Gaza,
according to Hilles. “The Israeli
occupation doesn’t want the
world to see its crimes,” Hilles

From the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation
of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since
[March 15, 2019]

Israeli Greenwashing FAQ v02 Page 1

Israeli Greenwashing FAQ v02 Page 2

For a larger version of the pdf [where you can read the
footnotes]: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/

Farming Without Water: Palestinian Agriculture in the Jordan
Valley [EWASH Palestine, 7 minutes,  2014.] "This short film
introduces the strain under which Palestinian farmers continue
to live in the Jordan Valley. Water shortages prevent farmers
from growing productive crops, while right next door the
Israeli water company Mekorot pumps millions of gallons
from the ground in order to supply water to illegal
settlements. Palestinians have systematically been denied
their right to dig wells or build water infrastruture since
1967, when the Israeli army completed its occupation of
all of historic Palestine. No Palestinian has received a permit
to build a water structure since 1967, and “illegal” water
infrastructure is routinely demolished.” — Teaching Palestine

Gaza Water Crisis: Political Solution Needed,
not a Technological One [10/23/18]

Images from @CorpOccupation [9/28/19]:
“Palestine solidarity groups protest Israeli
land grabs in Jordan Valley & the exploitation of water
and other natural resources. Peaceful protest suppressed
by military. 2 detained and later released. 1 girl from Youth
of Sumud injured when soldier hit her arm with a gun. #BDS"

Israeli sewage-dumping affects Palestinian villages [July, 2010]

I Demand Drinking Water

B’Tselem [The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in
the Occupied Territories]: "Water in Gaza: Scarce, polluted and
mostly unfit for use
," August 17, 2020

200 trees uprooted by Israeli army w of Salfit

200 Trees Uprooted by Israeli Army West of Salfit
["Israeli bulldozers uprooted on Saturday 200
trees in the town of Bidya, west of Salfit. The
uprooted trees vary between olives, figs, grapes,
peaches, lemons, and fruit and perennial
almonds….The Israeli occupation forces had
uprooted more than 200 olive trees in the town
of Derastia, northwest of Salfit, two months ago.
Meanwhile, Jewish settlers began razing and
vandalizing farmers' lands two days ago in
Khillet Alayyan and Khillet Hassan in Bidya town
under the protection of the IOF soldiers. Local
sources reported that settlers uprooted olive,
fig and grape trees, removed stone chains,
demolished agricultural rooms, and caused
great damage to the area."]

"Gaza farmers: ‘Israel destroyed all of our crops’" — Middle
East Monitor, January 16, 2020. [Excerpt: "After the dams
which were built in areas controlled by Israel to block
rainwater streaming through valleys crossing the Gaza
Strip had been opened twice, Gazan farmers claim
that all of their crops were completely destroyed….“The
opening of the water dams destroyed all of our crops,
our infrastructure and irrigation network.” Thousands
of dunams of agricultural land in the east of
Al-Sheja’ea, an eastern neighbourhood of Gaza City,
were left damaged.”]

Palestinian woman protecting olive tree

A Palestinan woman protecting an olive tree
from destruction. Photo: intifada.de via

Palestinians 'devastated' after Israeli
settlers destroy olive trees
/ “Israeli
human rights group Yesh Din, which
documents settler attacks on Palestinians
and their farmland across the occupied
West Bank, notes that such attacks are a
daily reality, and "are part of a calculated
strategy for dispossessing Palestinians
of their land”. "The settlers are doing
this to push us off the land," Salah said.
"They think that if they keep making us
tired through these attacks and financial
losses, that we will leave and it will make
it easier for them to take the land.” “But
that will never happen," he said." 

Haaretz Olive Trees

Gideon Levy, "The pathological sadism of
Israeli settlers,”  Haaretz,  January 24, 2019.
[Excerpt: "Who are the human scum who
drove all-terrain vehicles down to the
magnificent olive grove owned by Abed
al Hai Na’asan, in the West Bank village
of Al-Mughayyir, chose the oldest and
biggest row, and with electric saws felled
25 trees, one after another? Who
are the human scum who are capable of
fomenting such an outrage on the soil, the
earth, the trees and of course on the farmer,
who’s been working his land for decades?
 Who are the human scum who fled like
cowards, knowing that no one would bring
them to justice for the evil they had
wrought?”] Accessible version.

"Israelis flood sewage into Palestinian olive groves": "Israeli
settler violence against Palestinians and their property is
a routine occurrence in the occupied West Bank, and most
acts of vandalism and attacks by settlers often go unpunished
by the Israeli authorities.”  [Image: "A Palestinian
woman walks next to sewage water flowing from Israeli
settlements in the West Bank village of Kafr Thulth, near
Qalqilya, December 2012. Ahmad Al-Bazz / ActiveStills]

Israeli Forces Destroy Irrigation Ponds in Jordan Valley

"Israeli forces destroy irrigation ponds in the al-Jiftlik village,
in Jordan Valley.” / "Israel has severely restricted Palestinian
access to water in the area, particularly the 23 underground
wells used for agriculture. Local water springs are susceptible
to dryness and depletion as a result of Israel’s control over
water. The Israeli water company, Mekorot, has depleted the
wells and has been granted a monopoly on the drilling,
restoration, distribution and selling of Palestinian water.
In contrast, Palestinians have been forbidden from
constructing new wells or restoring existing ones."

"NABLUS, Nov 10, 2019, (WAFA News) -Israeli
occupation forces prevented Palestinians from
harvesting their olive crops in the village of
Sebastia, northwest of Nablus, according to a
local official. Mayor of Sebastia, Mohammed
Azem, told WAFA Israeli forces kicked farmers
out of their land under the pretext of lacking
prior coordination, despite the fact that their
lands are located beyond the fence that
surrounds the illegal Israeli settlement of Shafi
Shomron. He said farmers found dead pigs in
their land and were shocked to find that their
lands were flooded with sewage by settlers from
the nearby illegal settlement."

The Truth, Not Hasbara

On “Disabilitywashing”:

"Disability occurs in all walks of life. Disability justice cannot
be separated from the rights of all people: Food, Water,
Medicine, Shelter, Breath, Sleep, Self-Determination.
Thousands of Palestinians have become permanently
disabled in the recent attacks on Gaza. We are not
burdens. We are beautiful. Because we are survivors.
The targeting of hospitals, ambulances, and rehabilitation
facilities are attacks on disabled people. Disability justice
means resisting together. From solitary cells to open air
prisons. We will be liberated as whole beings. We are far
greater whole than partitioned. To Exist is to Resist.
FREE PALESTINE.” — Sins Invalid 

Abu Eltarabesh, Hamza. "How Israel stole
this fisherman’s sight and sense of smell
Electronic Intifada, February 18, 2020.

Abunimah, Ali. "Video: Settlers cheer as Israeli
soldiers attack disabled Palestinian child
Electronic Intifada, October 21, 2014. [“This
disturbing footage shot by Palestinian
videographer Samih Da’na and published
by the Israeli nongovernmental organization
B’Tselem documents the violent abuse of a
developmentally disabled Palestinian child.”]

Abusalama, Shahd. "Disabled Palestinians call
for solidarity with Khader Adnan from Gandhi’s
grandchildren and world
,” Electronic Intifada,
February 16, 2012.

Abusalama, Shahd. "‘Don’t tell my mother
that I am blind’: Muhammad Brash grasps
for light in the darkness of Israeli jail
Electronic Intifada, July 28, 2012. [Excerpt:
Ever since his arrest, he has suffered from
medical neglect every day. It’s this that
left Muhammad in two forms of
darkness: His blind eyes that see no
colors but black, and his dark cell
where he dies every day and may spend
the last day of his life.”]

Agre, Deborah. "What is mental health when
trauma is ongoing?
” Middle East Children’s
Alliance, January 22, 2019.

Akkad, Dania. "'Shoot to maim': How Israel
created a generation on crutches in Gaza
Doctors tell MEE that Palestinian protesters’
crippling injuries, especially to lower limbs,
were inflicted deliberately,” Middle East Eye,
March 29, 2018. [Excerpt: "When you have
almost 90 percent of the people injured in
the lower limb, it means that there is a
policy to target the lower limbs 
Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, Doctors Without

Alashi, Nura. "The John Silvers of Gaza,
We are Not Numbers, December 5, 2016.

Algherbawi, Sarah. "When Israel bombed
disabled Palestinians
Electronic Intifada,
July 15, 2019. [Excerpt: "
A probe by
Human Rights Watch concluded there was
no evidence of the building being used by
armed groups around the time of Israel’s
attack. The fact that Israel had caused
immense damage to a charity working
for people with disabilities was omitted
from most, if not all, reports by
mainstream media on the May offensive.”]

Al Ghussain, Alia. "No access to education
for Bedouin children with disabilities
Electronic Intifada, February 17, 2016.

Alhaj, Mohammad. "The intifada’s lasting
,” Electronic Intifada, July 6, 2015.

Alhajjar, Mohammed A, and Maha Hussaini,
 "Shattered limbs, 
broken dreams: Life
for Gaza athletes after surviving Israeli
. 'My life has completely stopped.

Three athletes whose dreams were
interrupted by Israeli bullets tell their
stories to MEE ,” Middle East Eye,
September 1, 2018.

Al-Jadir, Raya. "Mohamed Dalo and the art of
living with disability in Gaza
,” The New Arab,
February 22, 2018. [Excerpt: "Living in Gaza
is a real struggle for anyone - but if you are
disabled then it is an entirely different matter;
Palestinians have been suffering under the
occupation for more than 65 years, and people
with disability suffer the same fate of not knowing
or interacting with other countries, so they are
unaware of the opportunities and facilities that
are available for people with special needs, or
even what they want or need.”]

AlJamal, Yousef M. "Vital medicines run out in
,” Electronic Intifada, October 16, 2019.
[Excerpt: "Israel’s siege – imposed since 2007
– has affected Gaza’s healthcare system
enormously. A new report by the World
Health Organization states that of the 516
items on Gaza’s essential medicines list,
nearly half had less than a month’s stock
remaining in 2018.”]

Alnaouq, Mahmoud. "One story: the cost of
,” We Are Not Numbers, December 19,
2018. [Excerpt: "Yaser, I learned, had been shot
while participating in the Great Return March.
His left leg had been shattered by one of those
exploding bullets we’d been hearing about that
struck fear into our hearts…. Yaser was sitting
on a sand dune, dreaming of returning to his
family’s historic homeland. Then, an explosion
ripped the air, sounding very close. At first, Yaser
thought it was the sound of a tear gas bomb.
"I tried to stand up, but I couldn't. I looked down
at my legs and saw that the left one was a mass
of blood and torn flesh…" Yaser told me, recalling
 shock. He had been shot by a type of bullet that
explodes inside the body. His leg bones were
shattered and most of the flesh was pulverized.”]

Asad, Mohammed. "Palestinian prosthetics
centre, providing limbs for those injured by
Israel. Prosthetic technicians make limbs for
Gazans who have lost theirs while taking part
in the Great March of Return,” Middle East
Monitor, March 6, 2019. [Excerpt: "Some 160
of those wounded during the protests have
lost limbs, statistics from the Ministry of
Health have revealed. This was a result of
the occupation’s targeting of demonstrators
with live ammunition and explosives, fragments
of which entered their bodies, tearing through
their joints and limbs.”]

Ashly, Jaclyn. "How Israel is disabling Palestinian
Survivors of Israeli live fire speak about
Israel's 'kneecapping' practice of shooting youth
in their lower limbs," Al Jazeera, September 21, 2017.

Associated Press. "Israeli Forces Kill
Unarmed Autistic Palestinian Man
shooting death of an unarmed autistic
Palestinian man by Israeli forces is drawing
angry condemnations from Arab residents
and leaders and is further raising tensions
in the region as Israel prepares to annex
parts of the occupied West Bank,” May
31, 2020.

Barrows-Friedman, Nora. "Israeli captain: “I will
make you all disabled
,” Electronic Intifada,
September 1, 2016.

Blumenthal, Max. "Evidence Emerges of Israeli
“Shoot To Cripple” Policy In the Occupied West
: Israeli soliders use live fire and expanding
bullets to shatter the legs of West Bank protesters,”
Alternet, August 8, 2014.

B’Tselem [The Israeli Information Center
for Human Rights in the Occupied
Territories]. "
If the heart be not callous.
On the unlawful shooting of unarmed
demonstrators in Gaza
,” downloadable
pdf report, April 2018. [Excerpt: “Israel’s
position that it may use live and potentially
lethal fire against unarmed demonstrators
who are endangering no one undermines every
moral principle, contradicts the provisions
of international law and is unlawful. The
same holds true for Israel’s insistence on
continuing to apply the same directives
despite the resulting high number of
deaths and injuries.”]

B’Tselem [The Israeli Information Center for
Human Rights in the Occupied Territories]. “Seven
months of protests by Gaza fence: Over 5,800
Palestinians wounded by live Israeli gunfire
November 22, 2018. ["Approximately 2,300
of the casualties are minors. Doctors have
had to perform amputations on 90 protesters,
including 17 minors and one woman. In the
majority of cases (82), the amputations were
of lower limbs.”] 

B’Tselem [The Israeli Information Center for
Human Rights in the Occupied Territories]. 
and abandon: 155 amputees and 27 paralyzed
in two years: How Israel punishes those who
dare protest the siege of the Gaza Strip
January 30, 2020.

Cannon, Suzanne. "Public Transportation in East
Jerusalem is Not Accessible
,” BIZCHUT website,
April 2, 2012. [Excerpt: “ (I)n spite of the
obligations under the Equal Rights for People
with Disabilities Law and its regulations, the situation
in East Jerusalem is appalling and what have become
acceptable standards for accessibility to public
transportation in other locations around the country and in
neighborhoods in West Jerusalem, have been passed
over in the east of the city. The outcome of this
harsh violation of the law is a serious blow to the
rights of thousands of residents with mobility
and sensory impairments to freedom of movement,
and to the their right to be included in society and
live a life of dignity: the buses and minibuses do
not have room for people who use wheelchairs,
there are no ramps, no seats dedicated to people
with disabilities, no accommodations for people
with sight impairments, no public announcement
systems, no enlarged signs with contrasting
colors, as laid down in the regulations.”]

Cappellini, Flavia. "Riding, despite Gaza:
Palestinian cycling champion Alaa al-Dali
Cycling champ Alaa al-Dali's leg was shot to
pieces by an Israeli sniper. Now he's making
a comeback as a para-cyclist,” Al Jazeera,
June 2, 2019.

CBM. “Palestine (Gaza),” CBM website. [Excerpt: In
the 1980s, the Intifada brought a sudden interest
in physical disability: The number of persons with
permanent disabilities due to war injuries rose.”]

Clare, Dr. Gerry. "Trump and Israel's 'Vision' for the
Palestinians Is to Blind Them. Literally
; Working as
an eye doctor in East Jerusalem, I saw first-hand
how Israel maims Palestinians as a form of crowd
control. Now Trump is cutting U.S. funds to the
hospitals that treat them,” Haaretz, September
16, 2018. [Haaretz article behind paywall ... PDF

Cook. Jonathan. "Gaza’s disabled cut off
from payments
,” Electronic Intifada, September
11, 2019. [Excerpt: “Israel has absolute control
not only over the physical borders of Gaza,
but also over our monetary system, too,” he
said. “We depend on the Israeli currency of
the shekel and Israel’s banks can turn on and
off the money supply at will….Abu Rahma said
the disabled workers included the poorest and
most vulnerable among Gaza’s population of
1.5 million, and many were in danger of
starvation if payments were not resumed

Copley, Theo Yang. "What Disability Justice
Has To Offer Social Justice
,” Grassroots Instite
for Fundraising, November 1, 2011.

Dahman, Mohammed. "Gaza Strip’s amputees
face death, dashed dreams under blockade
Thousands of Palestinians shot by Israeli forces
during protests this year are now languishing,
unable to provide for their families and at risk
of deadly infections,” Asia Times, December 11, 2018.

Defense for Children International [DCI]. “Stopped
at the door: Disability and the right to education
(Part 1)
,” December 16, 2016. 

Defense for Children Intenational [DCI]. “Stopped
at the door: Disability and the right to education
(Part 2)
,” December 22, 2016.

Diakonia. "Call for action regarding disability
in Gaza
,” December 4, 2012. ["In November,
the people of Gaza have lived under constant
threat due to the conflict in the region.
International agencies working with disability
in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) now
call for action to ensure the well-being of a
forgotten group in the conflict; people with
disabilities....Ensure that people with disabilities
have immediate access to all humanitarian
interventions in the Gaza Strip. This includes
protection, health and nutrition as well as
psychosocial support.

Doctors without Borders/ Medecins sans
Frontieres. “Gaza: Thousands of People Shot
during Protests Require Urgent Treatment
November 29, 2018. [“Thousandsof people
shot by the Israeli army during protests in
Gaza this year are overwhelming the Gazan
medical system with complex wounds,
infections, and disabilities, the international
medical humanitarian organization Doctors
Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
(MSF) said today.”]

Estrin, Daniel and Abu Bar Bashir. Inside
Gaza's Factory Making Prosthetic Legs For
Palestinian Protest Amputees
,” National
Public Radio ["All Things Considered”],
October 31, 2018.

Gadzo, Mersiha. "'Life is all about trying’:
Disabled Palestinians defy challenges.
Despite the obstacles, Palestinians in Gaza
show a strong will to defeat their disabilities
and achieve their dreams,” Al Jazeera,
December 3, 2018. ["
Artificial limbs made
in Gaza are typically of poor quality since
the blockade has disrupted imports of
prosthetic limbs and raw materials used
to make them.”]

Giacaman, Rita [Birzeit University]. "Mental health,
social distress and political oppression: The case
of the occupied Palestinian territory
,” Global Public
Health 6(5):547-559,  July 2011.

Glazer, Hilo. "'42 Knees in One Day': Israeli Snipers
Open Up About Shooting Gaza Protesters
. Over 200
Palestinians were killed and nearly 8,000 were injured
during almost two years of weekly protests at the
Israel-Gaza border. Israeli army snipers tell their
stories,” Ha’artez, March 6, 2020. ["There was a
story about one sniper who had 11 knees all told,
and people thought no one could outdo him. And
then I (Eden, Golani Brigade) brought in seven-eight
knees in one day. Within a few hours, I almost
broke his record….My locator wasn’t supposed to
shoot, but I gave him a break, because we were
getting close to the end of our stint, and he didn’t
have knees. In the end you want to leave with the
feeling that you did something, that you weren’t a
sniper during exercises only. So, after I had a few
hits, I suggested to him that we switch. He got
around 28 knees there, I’d say.”]

Hajjaj, Tareq and Pam Bailey. "'Blinding the truth’:
Israeli snipers target Gaza protesters in the eyes
The New Arab, December 20, 2019. [“Israeli sniper
targeting participants in Gaza's weekly Great Return
March protests have aimed for the legs – and eyes.
To date, Gaza's Ministry of Health reports that 50
protesters have been shot in the eye since the
demonstrations began March 30, 2018 – leaving
them permanently blind.”]

Helm, Sarah. "‘Will he lose his leg?’: Thousands
of Gaza protesters facing life-altering injuries
from Israeli high velocity bullets
,” The Independent
UK], November 11, 2018. [Excerpt: "Human rights
groups dispute almost every element of this
[IsraeliDefense Forces] analysis. Amnesty International
has called Israel’s sniper fire “a murderous assault”
on the protesters, calling on governments world
wideto impose a comprehensive arms embargo on
Israel./ "It seems likely that, in order to defuse the
growing international criticism of the slaughter,
the rules of engagement were changed and Israeli
snipers came under new orders to shoot to kill
less and shoot to maim more, [Breaking The
Silence's Yehuda Shaul] suggests.”]

Hoyle, Charlie. "Mental health in Palestine among
world's worst
,” The New Arab, May 12, 2017.
[Excerpt: "Political and social conditions endured
by Palestinians under Israeli military occupation
have left a scar on the psychological wellbeing of
civilians….A study of adolescents in the besieged
territory after the 2008-9 Israeli offensive found
that 30 percent reported symptoms meeting the
criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according
to a report by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
investigating the health impact of 50 years of military
occupation. / Among areas heavily bombarded
during the 2014 war on Gaza, 54 percent of children
were recorded as suffering from severe PTSD, whose
symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance
behaviour, difficulty sleeping, and intrusive distressing
recollections of traumatic experiences. / Following the
52-day war, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians,
the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that
more than 20 percent of the Gazan population may
have developed mental health conditions which
required psychosocial care.”] Also see Al Jazeera.
"Save the Children: Gaza children on brink of mental
health crisis: 
Research by the rights group found 95
percent of young people surveyed in Gaza showed
deep psychological distress
,” June 4, 2018.

The Hub. "Resources for Social Justice
and Disability
,” December 20, 2016.

Humanity and Inclusion. “Palestinian Territories,” 2018.

Humaid, Maram. "Gaza hospitals: 'Israel was
shooting to kill or cause disability’
: Al Jazeera
speaks to doctors and Palestinians injured during
Gaza's Land Day protests at a hospital struggling
to cope,” Al Jazeera, April 3, 2018.

Imani. "Relationships with Abled Allies Sometimes
Feels like Dating F–kBois: All About Them
,” Crutches
and Spice [Blog], April 25, 2017. [Excerpt: “Some
movement that will accept us, and appreciate our
passion and diversity and genuinely include us.
We do not want least amount of inclusion necessary
so they can fall asleep congratulating themselves
for their efforts in the name of diversity.”]

International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC]. “On
40th Friday of Great March of Return and Breaking
Siege, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian With
Disability and Wound 18 Other Civilians, including
4 Children and 2 Paramedics
,” December 28, 2018.

International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC].
"Al Mezan: Israel Claims Immunity from All Damages
Inflicted on Gaza Protestors
,” February 13, 2019.
[Excerpt: "Adalah and Al Mezan appeal to Israeli
Supreme Court against lower court ruling finding
that Gazans may be denied compensation for
damages because Gaza is defined by law as an
‘enemy territory’. Israeli military forces shot
Palestinian high school student Attiya Nabaheen
on his 15th birthday in the front yard of his family
home in the Gaza Strip on 16 November 2014.
Nabaheen was returning from school. He was
not armed and was not involved in any violence.
As a result of the shooting, Nabaheen was
paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for
the rest of his life.”]

International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC].
"Deterioration of the Palestinian Disabled Persons’
Conditions Continues
,” December 5, 2013. [Excerpt:
"The above data indicates a steady rise in the number
of disabled persons in the oPt due to sustaining
injuries resulting from the Israeli military attacks
since the beginning of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000
….In the Gaza Strip, the rights of disabled persons
have continued to deteriorate due to the ongoing
Israeli policy of imposing the illegal closure, which
is a form of collective punishment banned under
the international humanitarian law. Conditions of
the disabled persons have worsened due to the
deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the
Gaza Strip resulting from the Israeli-imposed
tightened restrictions on the freedom of movement
of people in addition to the serious and catastrophic
shortage of fuel and power supplies, medicines and
medical supplies, including assisting medical devices.
This affects the major services offered to disabled
persons and denies them access to services of health,
water, clean drinking water, environmental health
and education and rehabilitation. Care and
rehabilitation associations for persons with
disabilities suffer from ongoing crises due to
the daily outages of electricity for long hours
– around 12-16 hours daily.”]

International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC].
Israeli MK [Deputy Knesset Speaker Bezalel
Smotrich]: Tamimi ‘Should Have Gotten Bullet,
at Least in Knee
,’” April 24, 2018.

International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC].
"Mandela Institute: Palestinians taken to Israeli
prison hospital are not given medical treatment
December 28, 2016.

International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC].
Mental Disability On the Rise Under the Israeli Siege.”
June 10, 2015. [Excerpt: "The number of mentally
disabled people in the Gaza Strip has increased
substantially in the last years. It so happens that
70% of the cases come from the communities located
near the fence that separates Gaza from the territories
occupied in 1948. The doctors and people responsible
for the care of these children believe that this is due to
the fact that these populations have been the most
attacked in the successive massacres committed by
Israel in Gaza.”]

International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC].
Soldiers Assault A Blind Man in His Home, Near
,” February 20, 2019.

International Middle East Media Center [IMEMC].
UN Special Rapporteur: Israel “In Profound Breach”
of Palestinians’ Right to Health
,” March 26, 2018.

Israel Palestine Timeline. "Karam Mohammad
,” December 28, 2018. ["Karam Mohammad
No’man Fayyad, 26, a disabled Palestinian man,
was shot in the head and killed by Israeli forces
at the Great March of Return east of Khan Younis
in Gaza. In addition to Karam, Israeli soldiers shot
and injured at least eight other protesters with
live ammunition, including a medic and a
photojournalist, during the Great March Of
Return processions in the besieged Gaza Strip.”]

Jaffee, Laura Jordan. "Disrupting global disability
frameworks: settler-colonialism and the geopolitics
of disability in Palestine/Israel
,” [abstract], Disability
and Society, March 11, 2015.

Kate. "60% of the 10,500 protesters treated for
injuries in Gaza were shot by Israeli forces in the legs
Mondoweiss, December 14, 2018. [See: “Pitman, Todd.
"In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim at the legs,”
Associated Press, December 9, 2018.}

Khatib, Alaa and Silvester Kasozi. "Disability and
Explosive Remnants of War in Gaza,” three page
downloadable pdf, This Week in Palestine, July, 2014. 

Kubovich, Yaniv [and Associated Press]. “Disabled
Palestinian Protester Killed in Clashes Was Shot in
the Head, Gaza Medical Records Say
,” Haaretz,
December 29, 2017.

Lamm, Nomy. "This Is Disability Justice,”
The Body is Not an Apology, September 2, 2015.

Levy, Gideon. "Bleeding, blindfolded and cuffed,
Osama tried to run. Then came the second shot
Osama Hajajeh, a Palestinian shepherd boy, is in
the hospital with serious gunshot wounds to both
his legs. Photos of him being shot while trying to
flee Israeli commandos, bound and blindfolded,
illustrate just how low the IDF has come. 'He's not
a hero. He just wanted to live,' his father says,”
Haaretz, April 24, 2019. [Excerpt: They shot the
momentarily blind and handcuffed boy even though
they could have easily grabbed him without incurring
any injury. They were standing next to him, at zero
range. How fast can a bound and blindfolded youth
run? But no. They didn’t try to catch him. Why would
they? Commandos, you know: First you shoot, then
you shoot again, and only then do try to clarify what

Levy, Gideon. "Israel condemned this Gazan
fisherman to life in eternal darkness
. Let the
sailors in their white uniforms know what
they do in the name of the rite of security
to helpless fishermen who endanger no
one and who have done no harm,”
Haaretz, October 5, 2019. Also see Levy,
Gideon and Alex Levac, "A Gazan blinded
by Israeli navy gunfire loses a final glimmer
of hope
. Seven months after a Gaza
fisherman was shot in the eyes by Israeli
navy troops and lost his sight, he was
finally allowed into Israel for an
examination, after repeated refusals.
The news was not good,” Haaretz,
October 4, 2019.

Levy, Gideon. "The Israeli Military First Took His Legs,
Then His Life
: On Friday, a sharpshooter shot and
killed Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a Gazan double amputee,
as he protested from his wheelchair near the Israeli
border,” Haaretz, December 17, 2017.

Levy, Gideon and Alex Levac. "The Disabled
Palestinian Slowly Walked Away. Then, Israeli
Troops Shot Him in the Back of the Head
. Mohammad
Khabali started to retrace his steps. Security camera
footage shows three soldiers moving ahead, to within
80 meters of him. Suddenly two shots are heard. The
mentally disabled young man collapses, dead,”
Haaretz,  December 13, 2018. 

Liebowitz, Cara. "At the Intersection of White
Privilege and Disability,” The Body is Not an
Apology, November 29, 2017.

McIntyre, Jody. "From isolation to disability
union leadership
,” Electronic Intifada, August
23, 2010. [Excerpt: "As a disabled person, if
you need to get medical treatment outside of
Bethlehem, in Ramallah or in Nablus, you
have to pass through checkpoints and possibly
face hours of waiting and delays, which can
be especially difficult for people with
mobility difficulties.”]

Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF]. “Gaza: A
long ordeal awaits hundreds of wounded
from the March of Return
,” August 8, 2018.
[Excerpt: "For the past four months, the March
of Return demonstrations in Gaza have been
met with lethal force by the Israeli army.
While the numbers of protesters and
casualties have now decreased, the
violence is not over – fresh gunshot
wounds occur every week.”]

Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF]. “Treating
resistant infections in Gaza under the blockade
September 2, 2019. [Excerpt: "Médecins Sans
Frontières (MSF) is dealing with immense
challenges while treating many people who
have developed bone infections after having
been shot by the Israeli army during protests
in Gaza, Palestine over the last year. These
infections are adding to the already
complicated path to recovery that these
injured people must tread. Their serious
and complex wounds require months –
if not years – of dressing, surgery and
physiotherapy. Infections prevent recovery,
and to make matters worse, many of them
are resistant to antibiotics.”]

Médecins du Monde [MdM]. "Mental health and
psychosocial impacts of occupation-related violence
in Palestine
,” November 16, 2017. [Excerpt: “most
of these problems are nurtured by harmful
occupation policies which clearly affect the
foundations of the Palestinian society and
prevail its fulfilment. 
While 2017 marks anniversary
of 50 years of occupation and 10 years of blockade in
Gaza, it is more than time for the international
community to take concrete action to have these
daily violations on right to health immediately ceased.]

Medical Aid for Palestinians [MAP]. Hairdressing
and hope: realising the rights of people with
disabilities in Gaza
,” November 24, 2017.
[Excerpt: "Occupation, blockade and closure
have detrimentally impacted the employment
opportunities of Palestinians with disabilities.
Gaza has the world’s highest unemployment
rate – around 43% – which makes it even more
challenging for people with disabilities to gain
and keep jobs. In December 2016, the Palestinian
Non-Governmental Organizations Network stated
that 90% of people with disabilities in in Gaza
were unemployed.”]

Medical Aid for Palestinians [MAP]. "Voices from Gaza:
Living with a disability under blockade
,” MAP website,
July 21, 2017. [Excerpt: "Last month, Medical Aid for
Palestinian’s (MAP) team in Gaza met Palestinians with
disabilities who participate in our ‘Inclusive and
Accessible Society’ project to discuss the barriers they
face in attaining full and equal participation in society.
The group first talked about the harm caused by
Israel’s military offensives to people with disabilities
in Gaza. / They highlighted the increase in the number
of Palestinians with a disability as a result of Israeli
military offensives on Gaza, with a quarter of the
group disabled directly or indirectly by the actions
of the Israeli military, including shelling of civilian
areas. During Israel’s 2014 offensive more than
2,000 Palestinians were killed and 11,000 injured,
10 per cent of whom received permanent disabilities.
/ The group also talked about the consequences of
Israel’s failure to protect health facilities and
personnel and other civilians and civilian infrastructure
during its military offensive, including their responsibility
to take all necessary measures to ensure the protection
and safety of persons with disabilities in situations
of risk.]

Medical Aid for Palestinians [MAP]. "MAP joins
call for the blockade and closure on Gaza to be lifted
MAP website, July 13, 2018. ["Joint letter on behalf
of 23 International, European, Israeli and Palestinian
human rights and development organisations,
calling on the European Union to urge Israel to
immediately and unconditionally lift the closure
and blockade on Gaza, 12 July” / Excerpt: “We
are writing regarding the alarming situation in
the Gaza Strip, to call on you to urge the Israeli
authorities to lift the more than a decade-long
closure and blockade imposed on the 2 million
Gaza Strip residents….Financial assistance alone
will not reverse this accelerating trend and will
not fulfill the basic rights of Palestinians in Gaza.
As interest for increased humanitarian relief grows
internationally, we fear that there can be no effective
development and humanitarian aid as long as
Israel maintains its illegal closure….As
representatives of international, European, Israeli
and Palestinian human rights and development
organisations, we urge European leaders to clearly
recognise Israel’s primary responsibility over the
unlawful closure and blockade of the Gaza Strip,
which is the root cause of its continuous
de-development and amounts to a form of
collective punishment prohibited by
international law.”]

Medecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without
Borders. "Gazans’ injuries risk permanently
shattering lives
,” November 29, 2018.

Medecins Sans Frontières / Doctors
Borders. In half of the injured
we received… the bone has literally been
turned into dust
,” May 10, 2018.

Medecins Sans Frontières / Doctors
Without Borders. "MSF teams seeing
unusually severe gunshot wounds in
,” April 19, 2018. [Excerpt: “Half of
the more than 500 patients we have
admitted in our clinics have injuries where
the bullet has literally destroyed tissue
after having pulverised the bone”, said
Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, MSF’s country
manager in Palestine. “These patients
will need to have very complex surgical
operations and most of them will have
disabilities for life.”]

Middle East Monitor. "41% of disabled Palestinian
children suffer more than one disability, reveals
,” December 14, 2016. [Excerpt: “Israel’s
military offensive against the Palestinians in
Gaza two years ago led to more than 2,260
people being killed; a further 11,000 were
wounded. According to the General Union for
Disability in Gaza, 40 per cent of the Palestinians
wounded in the 2014 war have long-term disabilities.”]

Middle East Monitor. "Book on Israel’s deliberate
maiming of Palestinians wins top academic prize
September 17, 2018. [Excerpt: "A US scholar has
won a prestigious prize for a book which argues
that Israel intentionally maims Palestinians under its
Rutgers University Professor Jasbir Puar
was awarded the National Women’s Studies
Association’s Alison Piepmeier Book Prize for
The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability”.]

Middle East Monitor. English MSF doctors struggle
with ‘bones pulverised by Israel bullets’ in Gaza
January 25, 2019. [Excerpt: "Doctors working with
international charity Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors
Without Borders) have described their grim task of
“replacing the centimetres of bones pulverised by
Israeli bullets in the bodies of protesters” in the
occupied Gaza Strip…. 
According to MSF, “in protests
held along the fence that separates Gaza from Israel
since 30 March 2018, 6,174 people have been injured
by live bullets fired by the Israeli army”, with “nearly 90
per cent of those were injured in the lower limbs”.]

Middle East Monitor. "UN: over 1,400 Palestinian
Protesters May Suffer Long-Term Disabilit
July 13, 2018.

Middle East Monitor. "WHO: 3 children a month
in Gaza left disabled for life
,” June 3, 2019.
[Excerpt: "The report by the WHO, released on
Friday, cited data collected between March
2018 and March 2019, and stated that in the
past year alone, a total of 172 Gazans were
injured in such a way that they were left
disabled for life, 36 of whom were children,
meaning that one person is affected every
other day. Amputations make up an
overwhelming proportion of permanent
disabilities, with the most common cause
being high-intensity gunshot wounds
resulting in 121 amputations. Health
agencies and organisations have warned
that the number could rise if Gaza’s
medical services are not urgently upgraded.”]

Mohaisen, Doaa. "Disabled Gaza woman finds
joy in mens work
,” We are Not Numbers,
January 2, 2015. [Excerpt: "If she really allows
herself to dream, despite the eight-year Israeli
blockade, Samah wishes she could held
exhibitions abroad or at least export her
handmade products. Palestinians from the
West Bank and Arabs from other countries
have promised to buy from Samah once the
blockade is over, but it has been years now.
"People with disabilities often are able to
perform better than normal people when they
get the opportunity,” she said. She tells other
people with handicaps, “Don't ever feel
disability is the end. It is not. If you wake up
and an idea pops into your head, go for it.
Write it on paper and hang it on a wall as

Moore, Jack. "Gaza’s walking wounded:
Israeli snipers have shot 6,392 protesters
in lower limbs this year
. A wave of sniper
fire has left Palestinians of all ages
incapacitated or permanently disabled,”
The National, December 9, 2018.

Murphy, Maureen Clare. "Israel has injured
24,000 Gaza protesters,” Electronic Intifada,
November 25, 2018.

Murphy, Maureen Clare. "Israeli forces
kill Palestinian mother, disabled man
Electronic Intifada, January 1, 2016.

Murphy, Maureen Clare. "Israeli military
absolves itself of killing disabled protester
Electronic Intifada, May 17, 2019. [“Abu
Thurayya was sitting in his wheelchair
and holding a Palestinian flag “when he
was shot in the forehead in what appears
to have been a deliberate act of killing,”
according to the human rights group Al-Haq.
“Under international humanitarian and human
rights law, [Abu Thurayya] was entitled to
special protection not only as a civilian
under the control of the occupying power,
but also as a person with disability who
moreover lost his legs as a consequence
of a prior assault by Israel on the Gaza
Strip,” Al-Haq adds. “The perspective of
persons with disabilities must be taken
into account in the assessment of whether
certain conduct amounts to prohibited
inhuman acts. As such, the killing of
Ibrahim Abu Thurayya may not only
amount to an arbitrary deprivation of
life but also an act of torture or
ill-treatment.” The United Nations
human rights chief at the time
condemned Israel’s killing of Abu
Thurayya, calling it “incomprehensible”
and a “truly shocking and wanton act,”]

Murphy, Maureen Clare. "No access
to education for Bedouin children with
,” February 17, 2016.
[Excerpt: "The Bedouin town of Shaqib
al-Salam, or Segev Shalom, in the
southern Naqab region, is — unlike
many other such towns in Israel —
officially recognized and was
government-planned. However,
like so many members of their
community, the Bedouin residents
of Shaqib al-Salam are subjected
to institutionalized neglect from
the Israeli government.”]

Namey, Isra. "Palestinian amputee
children find freedom in football
Promising amputee football juniors
train hard to present Palestine in
international tournaments,” The
National, November 17, 2019.
[“Likemany of her team mates on
the teams sponsored by the
International Committee of the
Red Cross, Aisha was injured during
the 2014 Gaza War. The conflict
lasted 50 days and killed 1462
Gazan civilians and six Israeli

Noor Society for Disabled. Website accessed 2018.
["Noor Society for People with Disability is a a
non- profit organization works in both sectors
(Aida and Al Azza camp). it works to rehabilitate
people with disability, share awareness for parents
and community, and merge them in the society
through occupational, physiotherapy, speech
therapy, and learning difficulty program.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. "‘I remember the knee in the
crosshairs, bursting open’ – Israeli snipers
boast of shooting ‘ducks’ in Gaza
Mondoweiss, March 8. 2020.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights. “Israeli
forces kill elderly disabled Palestinian during
demolition of 34 homes in Khan Yunis,

Electronic Intifada, July 12, 2004.

Palestine Chronicle. "UN: 1,400 Palestinian
Protesters May Suffer Long-Term Disability
July 13, 2018.

Patel, Yumna. "Israeli soldiers shoot and kill
a disabled Palestinian man on International Day
of Disabled Persons
,” Mondoweiss, December 5, 2018.

Physicians for Human Rights—Israel. “Amputees: The
challenges faced by Gaza Strip amputees
seeking medical treatment
,” PHR Report,
May, 2016. ["Israel runs a colonial occupation 
regime in the West Bank and continues
to be the effective sovereign of the Gaza
Strip as well. It is the entity that prohibits
or permits the entry and exit of individuals
into and out of the Palestinian territories
—including patients leaving in order to
seek medical care.”]

Puar, Jasbir K. "The Right to Maim:
Debility, Capacity, Disability
Critical Race Studies Otherwise),” Duke
University Press Books, 2017. ["In The
Right to Maim Jasbir K. Puar brings her
pathbreaking work on the liberal state,
sexuality, and biopolitics to bear on our
understanding of disability. Drawing on
a stunning array of theoretical and
methodological frameworks, Puar uses
the concept of “debility”—bodily injury
and social exclusion brought on by
economic and political factors—to
disrupt the category of disability.
She shows how debility, disability,
and capacity together constitute an
assemblage that states use to control
populations. Puar's analysis culminates
in an interrogation of Israel's policies
toward Palestine, in which she outlines
how Israel brings Palestinians into
biopolitical being by designating them
available for injury. Supplementing its
right to kill with what Puar calls the right
to maim, the Israeli state relies on liberal
frameworks of disability to obscure and
enable the mass debilitation of Palestinian
bodies. Tracing disability's interaction with
debility and capacity, Puar offers a brilliant
rethinking of Foucauldian biopolitics while
showing how disability functions at the
intersection of imperialism and racialized

Roberts, Rachel.  "Ibrahim Abu Thuraya: Disabled
Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli troops in
Jerusalem protest
. Outrage after double amputee
among of eight Palestinians killed since Donald
Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital,”
The Independent [UK]. December 16, 2017. Also
see Abusalama, Shahd, "
Ibrahim Abu Thurayya: an
icon of dignity and defiance,” Electronic Intifada,
December 18, 2017.

Rothchild, Alice. "IARPP [International Association
for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy]
clamps down debate on Palestinian mental health
at its conference in NY
,” Mondoweiss, June 1, 2018.
[Excerpt: "A professional, international organization
that is focused on the social and relational aspects
of mental health might be expected to welcome a
conversation that explores the impact of longstanding
human rights abuses, military occupation and siege
on a captive civilian population. Indeed, even the
diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder may
not be applicable to a society where the trauma
is ongoing and rarely “post”…. But some staff at the
IARPP responded more like an arm of the Israeli
government than a professional mental health

S., Aaron. "How Israel Changes the Lives of The
,” Jerusalem Online, November 18, 2018.
[Hasbara excerpt: "Israel’s commitment to protecting
the rights of those with disabilities, influences all
aspects of Israeli society. From (…) to “Special
in Uniform”, a unique project which helps those
with special needs enlist in the Israel Defense
Forces, to (…) Israel is proud to advocate on
behalf of those with disabilities and will
continue to work to advance equality and
tolerance on a global scale.” (… as long as it
is not equality for non-Jews in Israel, the oPt,
or the Palestinian diaspora— ML)]

Sayrafi, Imad. "Invisible People: Women and Girls 
with Disabilities and access to Rights Organizations
to in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Palestinian
Refugee Camps in Lebanon
,” downloadable pdf,
Birzeit University, 2013.

Synenko, Alyona. "He thought if he just ran
fast enough, he could get out of Gaza
. There
are some 1,600 amputees in Gaza. Here’s the
story of one,” Haaretz, May 19, 2019. 

Tayeh, Asmaa. "UN funding cuts jeopardize deaf
,” We are Not Numbers,” October 20, 2018. 

Ullah, Areeb. "Disabled Palestinian man killed
by Israeli soldiers in Gaza
. Ibrahim Abu Thuraya
lost his legs and a kidney in 2008 during an
Israeli air strike on a refugee camp in Gaza,”
Middle East Eye, December 15, 2017.

United Nations Development Program of Assistance
to the Palestinian People. "Children with Disability:
Restoring their Right to Education in Gaza
Al Amal’s School [
for the Physically Disabled] Allowed
around 160 students children with Disability return
to their School After its Reconstruction.” [Excerpt:
"Shams Al Amal School is one of the only few schools
caring for children with disability in Gaza and was
almost completely destroyed during the 2014 hostilities.
This has led to the displacement of more than 160
students and teachers with physical disabilities.
Determined not to close its doors despite the

numerous challenges; the school operated in
tents and temporary shelters until it was
reconstructed….According to Palestinian Central
Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), Around 1,134 individuals
injured in the war on Gaza Strip in 2014 are
expected to be left disabled. Following the 2014
hostilities, 24 schools were completely destroyed
and 190 schools, including 70 UNRWA schools and
120 government schools, have been damaged in Gaza.
12 higher education institutions were damaged, in
addition to tens of kindergartens, according to the
Palestinian Ministry of Education.”]

United Nations News. "Hundreds of wounded Gaza
protesters risk limb amputation without immediate
help, warns top UN official
,” Masy 8, 2019.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA]. "
Addressing rehabilitation
needs of Palestinians seriously injured during Gaza
demonstrations: Over 1,400 may suffer long-term
Posted on 10 July 2018 as part of The
Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin | June 2018. ["
article was contributed by the World Health
Organization and the Disability Working Group”]

United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA]. "
Excessive use of
force and lack of accountability
Posted on 4
July 2017 as part of The Monthly Humanitarian
Bulletin | May-June 2017. [Excerpt: "
In 2016,
19 Palestinians were killed and over 3,200 injured
during such clashes; nearly 14 per cent of these
injuries were from live ammunition. Serious injuries
often result in long-term disability, rendering young
Palestinians in constant need of medical treatment
and humanitarian assistance, and disrupting the
lives of their entire families.”]

United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA]. "
Gaza Emergency
Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 20 August 2014, 8:00 hrs),”
OCHA website, August 21, 2014. [Excerpt: “An
estimated 1,000 children injured will suffer from
a disability for life, and a further 6,000 children
will have a parent with a life-long disability.”]

United Nations Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA]. "
Gaza: people
with disabilities disproportionately affected
by the energy and salary crisis
,” OCHA website,
Posted on 11 October 2017 as part of  The
Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin | September
2017. [Excerpt: "
The Palestinian Ministry of
Social Development estimates that over 49,000
individuals in the Gaza Strip (or 2.4 per cent
of the population) suffer from some type of
disability, a third of them children. More than
1,100 of these people, including about 300
children, became disabled as a result of
injuries incurred during the 2014 hostilities,
including approximately 100 amputees.”]

United Nations Program of Assistance to the
Palestinian People. "Children with Disability:
Restoring their Right to Education in Gaza
Shams Al Amal’s School Allowed around 160
students children with Disability return to their
School After its Reconstruction.” [2014?]

World Health Organization. “Gaza: Waiting for
, Thousands of patients in Gaza
cannot access much-needed health care,”
WHO in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,
November 16, 2018. 

World Health Organization. “Health Access:
Barriers for Patients in the Occupied Palestinian
,” Monthly Report, May, 2018. [“According
to the WHO’s monthly Gaza healthcare access report,
in May 2018 Israel approved permits for just 59% of
all patients seeking to exit Gaza for treatment in East
Jerusalem, the rest of the West Bank or abroad. These
permits are critical for many patients unable to access
the medical treatment they need within Gaza. Israeli
authorities denied 201 Gaza patients (including six
children) permission to cross Erez for healthcare in
May, including 37 cancer patients. In addition, 718
patients (including 164 children) missed appointments
due to Israeli delays, 23% in need of cancer treatment.
Due to Israeli forces’ violence response to the “Great
March of Return” demonstrations, more than a thousand
patients in Gaza require specialist limb reconstruction
care. The WHO’s report however, shows that only 36%
of orthopaedic applications were approved to exit Gaza
for medical treatment….The accessibility of healthcare
is a fundamental element of the right to health. As the
occupying power, Israel has an international legal
obligation to ensure humanitarian assistance to the
population under its control, including access to
medical care.” — MAP.]

YMCA Jerusalem. "The International Day of People
with Disabilities
,” press release, December 3, 2016.
[Excerpt: “(We, at the East Jerusalem YMCA - Rehabilitation
Program) believe that the following issues needs to
be further addressed at this stage:….Opposing the
practices of the military occupation against the
Palestinians, generally, and people with disabilities,
specifically, namely those held in Israeli prisons as
well as those experiencing ill-treatment whether in
their houses, on the streets or at checkpoints, given
that similar unjust practices are incompatible with
the basic rights and most importantly, the right
to live and the right to a dignified living.

Sins Invalid. "10 Principles of Disability Justice,” September 17, 2015.

070518 ash 00 28

Abu Eltarabesh, Hamza.  "Gaza’s Team of Champions,” Electronic
Intifada, July 5, 2018.

Gideon Levy in Haaretz.

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"Palestinian double amputee killed by Israeli sniper.
Gaza funeral for Ibrahim Abu Thurayyah, who was
killed while protesting US move to name Jerusalem
as Israel's capital,” Al Jazeera, December 16, 2017.

Chart from Physicians for Human Rights—Israel.
Amputees: The 
challenges faced by Gaza Strip
amputees seeking medical treatment
,” PHRI Report,
May, 2016.

"Israeli army commander: I will make all the youth of Al-Duheisha
camp disabled
,” Middle East Monitor, August 26, 2016. For more
information about the notorious “Captain Nidal”: Barrows-Friedman,
Nora. "Israeli officer threatens to kill Palestinian youth and his
,” Electronic Intifada, December 23, 2016.

"Israeli prison authorities denied Hassan Tamimi his medication, which
made him fall into a coma and lose his eyesight.” [7/19/18

Right to Life with Dignity -unrwa-demonstration

Disabled Palestinians take part in a rally demanding their rights
in front of the UNRWA headquarters. Gaza City, April 11,
2019. Photo by Mahmoud Ajjour [photo from Electronic Intifada]

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Facebook page of The General Union of Disabled Palestinians

"A new project in Gaza is giving hope to Palestinian amputees
who want to continue playing football….This unique
programme, organised by the International Committee of
the Red Cross, is giving some Palestinians another shot at
the sport. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom reports from
Gaza.” [4/10/19]

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"Gaza City, Gaza - September 03 [2018]: Palestinian student
Mohammed Abu Hussain from Gaza, who lost his leg after
being shot by an Israeli sniper during "Great March of Return”
demonstrations, sits on a chair holding his crutches at the
playground of his school in Gaza City, Gaza on September
03, 2018. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)”
[via The Atlantic]

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Oliver Holmes, "'Palestinian lives matter': Israeli
police killing of autistic man draws US comparison
Caregiver for Iyad Halak says she told police he
was disabled shortly before he was shot,” The
Guardian [UK]. June 1, 2020. Also see Maureen
Clare Murphy, "Police execution of disabled
Palestinian is a war crime
,” Electronic Intifada,
June 9, 2020.

When Israel bombed disable Palestinians

"When Israel bombed disabled Palestinians
[article by Sarah Algherbawi in ei]

Gideon Levy:  "Abdel Nasser Halawa
is deaf from birth, and he also suffers
from intellectual disabilities. (He was
shot by Israeli soldiers because he)
couldn’t hear the calls to stop. They
shoot deaf people, don’t they – and
mentally impaired middle-aged men.” /
Accessible version: https://archive.is/sf3yK
[Haaretz, 8/28/20]

Palestinian  wheelchair users -dabke

Palestinian wheelchair users take part in a dabke
class at a club in Gaza City. Dabke is a Levantine
folk line dance widely performed at weddings and
other joyous occasions. Gaza City, April 28, 2019.
Photo by Mahmoud Ajjour [photo from Electronic

60% of the 10,500 protesters treated for injuries in Gaza were shot by Israeli forces in the legs

"Disabled Palestinians who lost their legs from
Israeli troops fire during clashes at
Gaza-Israel border wait to receive crutches
funded by Viva Malaysia, in Gaza city,
on July 19, 2018. (Photo by Ashraf
Amra/APA Images)"  Mondoweiss, December
14, 2018.

Ynet News, November 12, 2018.

"Martial arts help people everywhere improve
their physical fitness and self-confidence. But
in Gaza, judo is offering particular benefits to
young people without sight. Here, We Are Not
Numbers reporter Rakan Abed El-Rahman hits
the mats with the Gaza team. Thanks to Yousef
Basman for the masterful camera work and
editing.” — We Are Not Numbers

Where Israeli Snipers Hit Pal Protesters

"'Shoot to maim': How Israel created a generation on
crutches in Gaza: Doctors tell MEE that Palestinian
protesters' crippling injuries, especially to lower limbs,
were inflicted deliberately.” Article by Dania Akkad,
Middle East Eye, March 29, 2018.)

Screen shot from the film “Jenin, Jenin"

"Video: Israel kills dreams of Gaza boxing
,” The Electronic Intifada, January 15, 2019.

"Gaza artist explores disability through
,” The Electronic Intifada. February 5, 2019.

"Speaking with Haaretz, Hallaq family members said
“he wasn’t capable of harming anyone” and was autistic
and classified as disabled. Hallaq's body was transferred
to the Institute of Forensic Medicine. Hallaq's family
demanded that a Palestinian representative be present
at the autopsy. The family later said that the Palestinian
pathologist was prevented from entering. Hallaq's father
said that his son would go to the special needs school
every day. “He never had problems with the police. In
the morning we received a call from the special needs
facility, telling us our son had been killed.”

'Shoot to maim': How Israel created a generation
on crutches in Gaza
. Doctors tell MEE that Palestinian
protesters' crippling injuries, especially to lower limbs,
were inflicted deliberately” [3/29/19]

"When I came back from the field, they would ask,
‘Well, how many today?’ You have to understand
that before we showed up, knees were the hardest
thing to rack up. There was a story about one sniper
who had 11 knees all told, and people thought no
on could outdo him. And then I brought in
seven-eight knees in one day. Within a few hours,
I almost broke his record.” [Haaretz, March 5, 2020]

"Palestinians with disabilities are, however, determined
to practice sports despite the lack of resources. “Karate
teaches us many things. It strengthens the body, it
stimulates circulation. But it also enhances self-confidence,”
Muhammad al-Mahani, another team member, tells The
Electronic Intifada
. “To be able to speak to anyone, to go
about your life normally, to have inner strength and for people
to see you as someone who practices karate and is active,
just like anyone else,” al-Mahani says.”

"MSF: 1,000 Gazans shot by Israel at risk
of fatal infection
” [Middle East Monitor,
November 29, 2018]

From We are Not Numbers

From Defense for Children International - Palestine

"Riding, despite Gaza: Palestinian cycling champion Alaa al-Dali.
Cycling champ Alaa al-Dali's leg was shot to pieces by an Israeli
sniper. Now he's making a comeback as a para-cyclist."

"Video: Life after losing a limb in Gaza” / Israeli snipers
shot Muhammad Eleiwa while he was protesting along
the Gaza boundary fence east of Gaza City on 9 November
2018. His right leg had to be amputated as a result….Israeli
snipers have killed more than 200 Palestinian civilians,
including more than 40 children, during demonstrations.
Some 8,000 have been injured by live ammunition, with
thousands more suffering other injuries."

amputations final

"This sweet factory in Gaza is run by workers who are
deaf or hard of hearing. The Hanan Sweet Factory
produces Arab candies and desserts in Gaza City.
“At first I thought it would be difficult, I didn’t know
how I would communicate with him,” Muhammad
al-Ghazali, the owner of the factory, told The
Electronic Intifada about hiring the first worker.
“But when he came to work I found he had high
concentration and very good talent.” “When I first
came here, my job was to put nuts on sweets. But
I learned and developed new skills and started
making them from scratch,” says Mouin al-Siksik,
worker at the factory. Video by Mohammed Asad.
Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
See: https://electronicintifada.net/content/

Dreams in the Crosshairs [14:26; Dir. 
Ahmed Sultan; Produced by We Are Not
Numbers with support and funding from
the Freedom Flotilla Coalition; 2019] / “When
Israeli snipers target people participating
in or even located near Gaza's Great Return
March, it's not just their bodies they kill or
maim, it's their dreams. This is the story
of Alaa al-Dali." 

Gaza 2019

Marathon of #Peace in #Gaza for amputees. [2019]


Childhood in the Gaza Strip

The Truth, Not Hasbara

n “Vegan Washing”:

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"Big in Israel: Vegan Soldiers” [Debra Kamin in The
Atlantic, December 2015]

"The Israeli soldier who arrested me wore
faux leather army boots
" [Ariel Gold in
VegansAgainstTheOccupation.org] [Excerpt:
"I explained that for me veganism is not
simply about the liberation of animals
but part of a principled stance against
all forms of oppression. I told her that
I consider it contradictory to be opposed
to the oppression of animals while
condemning ... working to end sexism,
racism, islamophophia, antisemitism,
occupation, and more. I told her that
for me vegan principles compel me to
recognize and work for the equality
of all beings and all people,
including Palestinians.”] 

"No Veganwashing Israeli Crimes!" ["A panel responds
to the use of veganism to propagandize the occupation.
Organized by Animal Liberation Currents and Vegans
for BDS….What notion of veganism is being
appropriated here and what are the realities of animal
rights in Israel? How prevalent is Zionism in the global
animal advocacy movement? What are the realities of
animal liberation struggle in the Palestinian context?
What are the possibilities of Palestinian solidarity work
in the global animal liberation movement?” Recorded
in Toronto, 8 August 2019.]

Abunimah, Ali. "Israel’s killer vegetarians (and vegans).
A brief history,” Electronic Intifada, November 2, 2012. 

Ahronheim, Anna. "The most vegan army in the world.
10,000 IDF soldiers are vegan, including Deputy Chief
of Staff Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi,” Jerusalem Post,
October 3, 2018.

Addario, Michael. “Palestinian Solidarity AND
Animal Liberation with Michael Addario
,” radio
interview on KZFR “People Powered Radio,” June 22,
2018. ["Michael John Addario, founder and editor
of Animal Liberation Currents, discusses the
intersections between the Israeli occupation
of Palestine, animal liberation, and the left.”]

Addario, Michael. "Vegans for BDS Launches
Toronto Organizing
,” August 13, 2019. [“Vegans
for BDS is an international network of animal
activists that emerged in the period following
the Palestinian Animal League (PAL)’s first
international solidarity conference held in
Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine, in the
spring of 2018.”]

Alloun, Esther. "Animal Activism in
,” Freedom of Species
Team, 3CR 855AM Community Radio on
PlayerFM, October 14, 2018. ["This show
features the talk ‘Veganwashing Israel’s
Dirty Laundry? Animal Politics and
Nationalism in Palestine-Israel’ by
scholar-activist Esther Alloun….
Esther’s talk is from the conference
‘Animal Nationalisms: Multispecies cultural
politics, race, and nation (un)building
narratives’, organised by the Deakin
Critical Animal Studies Network.”]
Also available on iROAR.

Alloun, Esther. "Fur PETA’s Sake! The politics of animals
in the Zionist state,” Animal Liberation Currents,
June 12, 2017. 

Alloun, Esther. "That’s the beauty of it, it’s very
simple!’ Animal rights and settler colonialism in
,” Settler Colonial Studies, 
8, 2018 - Issue 4, December 18, 2017. [Abstract
excerpt: "
The article argues that human–animal
relationships constitute a significant dimension
through which settler colonialism is expressed,
engaged with, and resisted. As such, drawing on
ethnographic material, it explores how different
approaches to animal activism can obscure or
reveal the racial and colonial relations they are
bound up with. It considers how Jewish Israelis
frame animal rights in non-intersectional ways,
as a simple, single-issue movement that can be
abstracted from human politics and power
relations, while the Palestinian Animal League
in the occupied West Bank weaves animal activism
with the decolonial struggle for Palestinian
self-determination in an intersectional spirit.”]

Alloun, Esther. "Veganwashing Israel’s Dirty Laundry?
Animal Politics and Nationalism in Palestine-Israel
Journal of Intercultural Studies, DOI:
[Abstract excerpt: “… animal welfare and
veganism have been enrolled as a device to narrate
the Israeli nation within terms of Jewish Israeli sovereignty.
The contemporary cultural politics of veganism in Israel
circulate and reinforce national myths of exceptionalism
tethered to a Zionist exclusionary ideology, including
claims to unique victimhood, pioneering achievements
and moral rectitude, which further entrench Jewish Israeli
belonging and Palestinian unbelonging.”]

Danielle. "A White Vegan Feminist in Palestine
,” Collective, March 29, 2018.

Doyel, Sarah. "The Most Vegan Army in the World’:
How Israel co-opts veganism to justify Palestinian
,” Mondoweiss, September 9, 2019.
[Excerpt: "Make no mistake: Israel is using veganism
as a calculated facade to justify its military’s program
of terror, gloss over its occupation of Palestine, and
appropriate regional culture and traditions that predate
Israel by hundreds if not thousands of years. Far from
being a politically neutral “lifestyle,” true veganism is
a radical anti-oppression philosophy, and yet one of
the most oppressive governments in the world is
co-opting veganism for its own gains.”]

Doyel, Sarah. "Veganwashing: Israel, Palestine,
and Faux Compassion
,” Sarahdoyel.com, August
19, 2019. [Excerpt: "Veganwashing is similar to
greenwashing, but has a particular flavor and
purpose due to veganism’s emphasis on
nonviolence. If greenwashing is a tactic to
appeal to an ethos of environmental
stewardship, then veganwashing appeals
to an ethos of nonviolence. It holds, then,
that veganwashing would be an especially
useful strategy for actors who have a vested
interest in concealing ongoing acts of violence
and appearing peaceful. Which brings me to
the most prominent example of veganwashing
that can be found today: Israel’s modern
colonial project in Palestine.”]

Goldman, Mordechai. "Likud offers vegans
a new political home
,” AL-Monitor, September
15, 2019. ["Article summary: Tal Gilboa, one of
the most famous vegan activists in Israel, says
only Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “takes
account” of animals.”]

Gross, Aeyal. "Vegans for (And Against) the Occupation.
Those promoting a vegan diet deserve congratulation for
various reasons. But those enlisting it as a conscience-
cleaning device to help hide their role in perpetuating the
suffering of others do not,”  Ha’aretz, November 14, 2013.

Guimaraes, Sandra. “Vegan-Washing.” [“Article on on
the vegan-washing phenomenon in Israel.”]

Hendricks, Chris. "Veganwashing and the Lie of Vegan
,” Collectively Free, June 7, 2018. [Excerpt: “Probably
the most widely-reported example of Israeli veganwashing
is the 2015 initiative by Anonymous for Animal Rights
(Israel’s largest animal-rights organization) to re-brand
the Israeli Defense Forces….”]

Israeli Vegans Against Apartheid. "Israeli vegans to
Tel Aviv Healthy Vegan Conference speakers: Please
cancel your participation
,” Boycott!, October 2019. 

Matar, Haggai. "Can animal rights take precedence over
human rights?
” +972, November 12, 2013. [Excerpt: “When
veganism becomes a tool to improve the IDF’s image, or
that of Israel as a whole – which is what Megged suggests
– and when attempts are being made to cover up the fact
that the IDF operates an occupation mechanism that denies
people their basic human rights, veganism is being
appropriated for propaganda purposes.
…The conclusion
to be drawn from this observation is not to abstain from
veganism, but rather to appropriate it as yet another
element in the general struggle against oppression –
of any kind.”]

McAlpin, Nick. "How Israel uses animal rights to
'veganwash' the occupation
,” The New Arab, July
18, 2019. [Excerpt: "Ahmad Safi is the co-founder
of the Palestinian Animal League (PAL). PAL is a
collective of animal rights activists operating
throughout the West Bank. They are also ardent
advocates of Palestinian self-determination. PAL
previously operated the first vegan café in the
Arab world and, amongst other projects, works
with the City of Tulkarm on a trap, neuter,
vaccinate, and release (TNVR) programme
stray dogs. For Safi, the successful propagation
of the Israeli pinkwashing narrative has spawned
what he terms "veganwashing.”]

Mondoweiss Editors. "It’s easier to be a
vegan than an anti-Zionist in Israel
,” October, 2017.

Palestinian Animal League. "Defending Palestine: Liberating
the People, the Land, and Animals,
” August 7, 2017.

Palestinian Animal League. “Don’t say GO VEGAN.
Respond to the local context and challenges of your
,” November 28, 2018. [Excerpt: "
I can’t afford
to be a single-issue vegan / I asked Wotko what he
thought about single-issue veganism – fighting only
for justice for animals. “Systems of oppression in my
life aren’t experienced as separate. They are part of
my daily fight to survive. I don’t think I can afford to
be just a single issue vegan. I always say that I’m
queer, and indigenous, and anti-speciesist. We can’t
just pick veganism to talk about, because we can only
do that because of our privilege. It’s so important to
challenge white men who are very privileged and not
even seeing that.”]

Palestinian Animal League. "Israel, the first world
country with vegan washing?
” March 28, 2018. [Excerpt:
“[T]he moral price we pay for disconnecting the struggle
for animal rights from the struggle for human rights
is reproducing, reinforcing and making other
oppressions sustainable.”]

Palestinian Animal League. "Palestine Animal League
Conference: Defending Animal and Human Rights
May 30, 2018.

Palestinian Animal League. “Vegans for BDS,”
November 28, 2018. [Excerpt: "Vegans for BDS
is a group calling for animal activists worldwide
to show solidarity with humans and other animals
in Palestine by supporting the BDS movement and
speaking out against Israeli veganwashing.”]

Powell, Dylan. "The Myth of Vegan Progress in Israel,”
Dylan Powell blog, February 15, 2015.

Qadi, Renan. "Our Palestinian vegan food has been
also stolen!
” Palestinian Animal League, September
21, 2018.

Safi, Ahmad. "On the “IDF’s vegan warriors”: A
vegan Palestinian’s perspective
,” Palestinian
Animal League,  May 2, 2016. [Excerpt: "I am
someone who has had family members and
friends killed, abused, arrested and held without
charge or trial by the Israeli armed forces. I am
someone whose own home was destroyed by the
IDF as part of Israel’s ongoing (illegal) policy of
collective punishment and I am someone who,
myself, was beaten so badly by a sergeant in the
Israeli army when I was ten years old that I
coughed up blood from internal injuries. Would
my experience, or that of my friends, family,
fellow countrymen and women be different if
the boot that kicked me was vegan, or the hat
on the sniper’s head who took my uncle’s life
was made from polyester, not wool? No, of
course not.”]

Starostinetskaya, Anna. "Israeli Army Introduces
Vegan Combat Rations. 50,000 IDF soldiers can now
enjoy vegan food packs that include hummus, tahini,
beans, cocoa spread, halva, olives, and fruit,” Veg
News, April 3, 2017.

Tanenbaum, Julia. “Renouncing Vegan Birthright,”
Collectively Free, Sept. 22, 2017. [Excerpt: “We
must reject the vegan washing model and instead
follow the example of anti-Zionist vegans like
the members of the Palestinian Animal League
or Anarchists Against the Wall, which began as
the pro-intersectional human and animal rights
organization ‘One Struggle’. We must follow the
example of vegans like Haggai Matar, who spent
two years in prison for refusing the draft in2002….
Decolonizing Veganism is the only way
for non-human animals to become free, because
history teaches us that solidarity is the strongest
weapon in the face of injustice. Vegans must
choose whether to continue our community’s
endorsement of colonial violence and white
supremacy, or stand for the lives and liberty
of all sentient beings.”]

The Vegan Vanguard. "11. The Vegan-Washing
of Israel Continues (Brand Israel, Palestine, and
,” Podcast, April 12, 2018. [Excerpt:
"Marine interviews Laura Schleifer– a Jewish
pro-intersectional vegan and free Palestine
solidarity activist who spent time in the
Palestinian West Bank on a theatre tour. Israel
wants to grow its reputation as “The Vegan
Capital of the World” and is using diverse tactics
to spread this message (Vegan Birthright,
vegan army gear, vegan conferences, vegan
food tours). Brand Israel has long used social
justice causes to promote itself as a cool,
progressive, innovate hub, in order to distract
us from looking at its atrocious human rights
track record. After gay rights (Pink Washing),
the environment (Green Washing), we discuss
how veganism is being leveraged to
“Vegan-Wash” the Israeli occupation.”]

Vegans for BDS. "Petition: Boycott Tel Aviv
Healthy Vegan Conference
,” Change.org,
October 31, 2019. [Excerpt: "There are
more meaningful ways to support animal
liberation and veganism without either
corporatizing the movement or lending
direct support to the crimes of the Israeli
state. The occupation is not in any way
“vegan”. We are appealing to you, as
speakers scheduled to particiis
convention, to respect the Palestinians’
non-violent boycott and to not lend your
name to vegan-washing Israel’s crimes.”]

Who Profits. "Made in Israel: Agricultural
Export from Occupied Territories
April, 2014.

World Vegan Day

Mondoweiss: "A photo posted by the Israeli Air Force to
Twitter on November 1, 2016 with the tweet:
"#Worldveganday fact: In the IDF, #vegan soldiers
receive vegan boots and berets. Pictured: a #smiley
vegan soldier, with her vegan beret!" 

From Palestinian Animal League’s 2018 Conference Report

Palestinian Animal League

"VEGANS FOR BDSPAL is proud to support the independent campaign
group Vegans for BDS.” // Petition: "Boycott Tel Aviv Healthy Vegan
; Veganism is Not “Healthy” When it Violates the Rights
of Palestinians"

October 31, 2019” 

PODCAST: The Vegan-Washing of Israel Continues
(Brand Israel, Palestine, and Occupation) [2:03:36]

"In light of the recent Vegan Vibes tour organized in Israel,
Marine interviews Laura Schleifer– a Jewish pro-intersectional
vegan and free Palestine solidarity activist who spent time in
the Palestinian West Bank on a theatre tour. Israel wants to
grow its reputation as “The Vegan Capital of the World” and
is using diverse tactics to spread this message (Vegan
Birthright, vegan army gear, vegan conferences, vegan
food tours). Brand Israel has long used social justice
causes to promote itself as a cool, progressive, innovate
hub, in order to distract us from looking at its atrocious
human rights track record. After gay rights (Pink Washing),
the environment (Green Washing), we discuss how veganism
is being leveraged to “Vegan-Wash” the Israeli occupation.”

What is Vegan Washing poster

Palestinian Animal League

The Truth, Not Hasbara

On “Art Washing”:

The cultural boycott of Israel
is inspired by the South African
anti-apartheid struggle….(During
the 1980s) international artists
refused to play Sun City in response
to the calls of Black South Africans
not to do ‘business as usual’ with
apartheid. Art-washing is the use
of art and culture to cover up
oppression and present “a false
sense of normalcy in a situation
of grave repression”….An artist’s
politics and personal view of the
Israeli government matter little
once they’ve agreed to perform
in Israel….The Israeli government
will endorse their performance
and use it to undermine Palestinians’
non-violent resistance to Israel’s
occupation, colonisation, and
apartheid policies.

Stephanie Adam, PACBI

We are seeing culture as a hasbara
tool of the first rank, and I do not
differentiate between hasbara and

Nissim Ben-Sheetrit, Director General
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel
[former Deputy Director General for
Asian Affairs]

Iyou're asked to play in Israel then
you have to acknowledge that their
cultural programme is propagandistic.
It has a role in maintaining the status quo.
Culture is part of Israel's public image
and if you're playing there you're part
of that system. 

Brian Eno, musician

We will send well-known novelists and
writers overseas, theater companies,
exhibits,” said Arye Mekel, the ministry’s
deputy director general for cultural affairs.
“This way you show Israel’s prettier face,
so we are not thought of purely in the
context of war.”

Ayre Mekel, Israeli Foreign
Ministry Deputy Director General
for Cultural Affairs

We have a list of people who have
performed in South Africa because
of ignorance of the situation or the
lure of money or unconcern over racism.
They need to be persuaded to stop
entertaining apartheid, to stop profiting
from apartheid money and to stop
serving the propaganda purposes of
the apartheid regime.

 Enuga S Reddy, director of the
UN Centre Against Apartheid [1984]

The term [art washing] appears to
have first been used in mainstream
media in 2014 by Feargus O’Sullivan
of The Atlantic, in an article about a
tower in once-destitute East London
that had been redeveloped for
high-paying tenants. They were
being enticed, in part, by suggestions
that they wouldn’t be gentrifiers but,
rather, original members of a new
artistic community. “The artist
community's short-term occupancy
is being used for a classic profit-driven
regeneration maneuver,” O’Sullivan
wrote. He labeled the process “artwashing.”

 Alexander Nazaryan, senior
writer, Newsweek

Adalah-NY. "‘No Art for ApARTheid’s Sake’:
New York human rights advocates protest Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra
,” Mondoweiss, February 5,
2019. [Excerpt: "The IPO, a self-proclaimed
“cultural ambassador” representing the state of
Israel, orchestrates a positive image of Israel to
divert attention from its human rights abuses,
as part of the “Brand Israel” initiative launched
in 2006. An Israeli Foreign Ministry official
explained Israeli government efforts to rebrand
Israel through the arts in 2009, saying, “We will
send well-known novelists and writers overseas,
theater companies, exhibits” to “show Israel’s
prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in
the context of war.” The IPO website proudly
states that the Orchestra “represent[s] the State
of Israel across the world.”]

Al Jazeera. "Gaza artists urge Eurovision singers
to boycott Israel
. The Palestinian Artists Association
said Israel is using the event to 'whitewash a brutal
apartheid regime’,” May 8, 2019. [Excerpt: “Earlier
in the year British cultural figures - including
Vivienne Westwood, Peter Gabriel and Mike Leigh
- also signed a letter calling on British broadcaster
BBC to cancel its coverage of Eurovision.”]

Al Yafai, Faisal. "The art of art-washing: how Israel’s
propaganda machine swings into action every time
an artist boycotts the country
. Israel is so incensed
every time anyone take a political stand against its
modus operandi that the government has created
an entire department to oppose it, writes Faisal
Al Yafai,” The National, April 24, 2018.

Artists for Palestine. "DJs, producers, electronic
musicians join boycott of Israel en masse
,” September
12, 2018. [Excerpt: “Today a stream of DJs, producers,
record labels, electronic musicians are speaking up for
Palestine and endorsing the cultural boycott of Israel.
Using the hashtag #DJsForPalestine, these artists and
cultural producers say they are supporting the
Palestinian call for boycott as a peaceful protest
against the occupation, “for as long as the Israeli
government continues its brutal and sustained
oppression of the Palestinian people”. This collective
action follows the pattern of a similar wave of bands,
including  Portishead and Wolf Alice, who came out
in protest using the hashtag #ArtistsForPalestine,
shortly after Israel’s massacre of unarmed
Palestinian protesters in Gaza this May.”]

Ayyub, Rami. "Boycott Israel's 'artwashed’ Eurovision
2019, pro-Palestinian activists say
,” Reuters,
January 30, 2019.

Balousha, Hazem, and Oliver Holmes. "'Our memories
have vanished': the Palestinian theatre destroyed in
a bomb strike
,” The Guardian [UK], August 22,
2018. [Excerpt: "The Said al-Mishal Centre brought
theatre, dance and music to the beleaguered
residents of Gaza City. Its destruction in an
Israeli air strike has sparked outrage – and
dealt a heavy blow to Palestinian culture.”] Also
see Oliver Holmes, "UK playwrights condemn
bombing of Gaza theatre
. Caryl Churchill and
National Theatre director bemoan ‘devastating
loss’ after Israeli strike,” August 16, 2018.

Barghouti, Omar. "Radiohead is art-washing Israeli
. Cultural boycott of Israel, not dialogue,
is needed. We had dialogue for decades and that
did not bring any justice,” Al Jazeera, July 31, 2017.

Ben Zion, Ilan. "Lorde scraps Israel concert
amid boycott calls
,” Associated Press, December
25, 2017. [Excerpt: "Lorde said that after having
“lots of discussions” about the matter, “I’m not
too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call
on this one,” referring to her initial decision
to hold the concert….The Palestinian Campaign
for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
posted a statement on Twitter thanking the artist
for “heeding appeals from your fans against
Israel’s art-washing of its brutal oppression
of Palestinians.”

Deb, Sopan. “Artists Protest Lincoln Center Play
Backed by Israel
,” The New York Times, July 5, 2017.
[Excerpt: "More than 60 artists, including four Pulitzer
Prize winners and other prominent writers, actors,
directors and playwrights, have signed an open letter
calling on Lincoln Center to cancel performances of a
play co-produced by two Israeli theater companies and
backed by the Israeli government….“It is deeply
troubling that Lincoln Center, one of the world’s
leading cultural institutions, is helping the Israeli
government to implement its systematic ‘Brand Israel’
strategy of employing arts and culture to divert
attention from the state’s decades of violent
colonization, brutal military occupation and denial
of basic rights to the Palestinian people.”]

Dodd, Vickram and Rory McCarthy. “Elvis Costello
cancels concerts in Israel in protest at treatment
of Palestinians
. Singer says he acted on 'conscience’,
as he joins a list of performers who have boycotted
Israel for political reasons,” The Guardian [UK],
May 18, 2010.

Eno, Brian. "Israel must not be allowed to
use Eurovision as a propaganda tool
. The
song contest organisers should take a stand
against the oppression of Palestinian artists
and move their event from Tel Aviv,” The
Guardian [UK], February 18, 2019.

Essa, Azad. "How Israel uses Bollywood to
whitewash the occupation
. A Bollywood
event in Tel Aviv this week highlights how
both India and Israel are using art to distract
from human rights abuses,” Middle East
Eye, October 16, 2019. [Excerpt: “‘Wooing
Bollywood to artwash its violations of
Palestinian human rights is part of the
Brand Israel strategy'- Apoorva PG,
South Asia BDS coordinator”]

Giovannetti, Megan. "'This is art-washing’:
Israeli activists dog Eurovision with protests
Determined to expose the realities of Israel’s
occupation and siege of Gaza, a group of
young Israelis are staging daily demonstrations,”
Middle East Eye, May 17, 2019. [“… a group of
Israeli activists has made it their mission to
reveal a quite different side to the Eurovision
Song Contest 2019. "We're here because
Eurovision, and of course the Eurovillage,
is this great, lucrative business that helps
Israel promote its so-called values of [being
a] young, hip, multicultural, LGBTQ-friendly
place, when in fact it's an apartheid state,”
Shahaf Weinstein, 26, told Middle East Eye.
"This is pink-washing, this is art-washing,
and we're against it.”]

Hecht, Ravit. "Itay Tiran, Israel’s No. 1 Theater
Actor-director: BDS Is a Legitimate Form of
,” Haaretz, September 5, 2018.
[Excerpt: “BDS is a perfectly legitimate form
of resistance. And if we want to preach for a
certain kind of political discussion that isn’t
violent, we must strengthen these voices,
even if it’s difficult,” said Itay…"]

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. International
Brand Israel seminar to be launched by the Foreign
,” October 24, 2016. [Excerpt: “(T)he goal
is to improve Israel's image among the different
audiences, in a way that will advance several
objectives, mainly in the area of trade and
commerce: expanding Israel's export, increasing
incoming tourism and publicizing the attractiveness
of foreign investments. Moreover, strengthening
Israel's positive image could improve Israel's political
stand. Minister Livni will open the seminar…”]

Kulwin, Noah. "The Cultural Boycott of Israel Strikes
a Chord
,” Jewish Currents, September 12, 2018.
[Excerpt: "Israel may have finally reached its own
“Sun City” moment, in which the price of Israeli
actions in Gaza and the West Bank has become
too high a moral price for artists to pay.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. "Demi Lovato and the case for
the cultural boycott of Israel
,” Mondoweiss,
October 8, 2019. [Excerpt: "This is simply
how Israel operates. If you’re a celebrity –
Israel will seek to use you for propaganda
purposes. Demi Lovato says that “no one
told her”. So I’m telling her, and everyone,
right now. If you’re naïve about Israel,
you’re just playing the fool. There is a
BDS call, it comes from Palestinian civil
society, and it is a response to Israeli
violations against Palestinians which
manage to pass with impunity.”] 

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and
Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). "No Art-Washing
of Israel’s Massacre in Gaza: Boycott the SERET
Film and TV Festival
,” April 25, 2018.

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and
Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). "
Amnesty Int’l
withdraws from Israel concert fund following
” Electronic Intifada, August 18, 2009.
[Excerpt: "Omar Barghouti from
the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic
and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)
commented, “We welcome Amnesty
International’s withdrawal from this
ill-conceived project which is clearly
intended to whitewash Israel’s violations
of international law and human rights.”]

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and
Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). “Letter
from Palestinian Film Professionals on
Euromed Funding Initiative
,” BDS Movement,
February 9, 
2006. [Excerpt: "And we ask
the international community and fellow
artists to consider carefully the
implications of participating in the
"Greenhouse” Project….Cultural
support cannot come in the form of
“charity”or "to make oneself feel better”
without addressing the root causes of
the problems and ignoring the concerns
of the Palestinian community. To us, this
is not only un-desirable, but also
objectionable. We have worked and will
continue to work with those that have
struggled with us to change political
realities, to help us improve our lives
and who have been mutually respectful.”]

The Palestinian Performing Arts Network
(PPAN) and The Palestinian Campaign for
the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
(PACBI). "Boycott the Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra's Conference on Music Education
Letter sent to participants of the First
International Conference on Music Education
and Community Initiatives organized by the
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,” May 9, 2017.
[Excerpt: "The IPO is not an apolitical cultural
institution; it plays a public role in the official
Israeli propaganda campaign titled Brand Israel,
which uses music to distract from Israel’s military
occupation and human rights abuses. The IPO
website describes the Orchestra as “Israel’s musical
ambassador throughout the country and the
world.” The American Friends of the IPO calls it
“Israel’s finest cultural emissary” and notes that
“[t]he goodwill created by these tours … is of
enormous value to the State of Israel. As a result,
the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra maintains its
position at the forefront of cultural diplomacy
and the international music scene….From closing
down Palestinian cinemas, to banning cultural
and educational events, and preventing Palestinian
artists from traveling, Israel’s attacks on Palestinian
art and culture are too many to list. The IPO has
not distanced itself from Brand Israel efforts, or
official Israeli policies in any way. It is also
consistently silent on Israel’s attacks on
Palestinians, including cultural workers and
organizations, and continues in its role as an
ambassador for Israel, whitewashing its crimes
and effectively giving a greenlight for these
oppressive policies to continue. The conference
is supported by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, whose officials explained the government’s
efforts to rebrand Israel by saying, “We will send
well-known novelists and writers overseas,
theater companies, exhibits…This way you show
Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of
purely in the context of war.”]

Reuters. "'Artwashing:' BDS Activists Ramp Up
Pressure on Eurovision 2019 in Israel
,” January
31, 2019. [Excerpt: "The movement sees Eurovision
'as artwashing - whitewashing through arts' of what
it calls Israel’s decades-old regime of military
occupation and colonialism, its co-founder Omar
Barghouti told Reuters in the West Bank city of
Ramallah”….Israel calls international boycotts,
including of its settlements in the Israeli-occupied
West Bank, discriminatory and anti-Semitic.
Barghouti rejected those labels, saying the
movement "categorically and on principle rejects
all forms of racism.” Many BDS supporters were
Jewish, he said.”]

Rottenberg, Catherine. "Why Hollywood has
abandoned Brand Israel
. Oscar nominees’ refusal
to be paid props for Brand Israel could reflect a
desire to avoid a very polarised discussion,” Al
Jazeera English, February 26, 2017. [Excerpt:
"In the days before the 2017 Oscars award
ceremony, a flurry of articles were published
on how the Tourist Ministry attempted to lure
26 nominees to Israel with lavish tour packages
estimated at about $55,000 each. Government
officials justified their actions by insisting on the
importance of regaling celebrities with the “real
Israel”. Clearly what is at stake here is the projection
- and exorbitant chorographical production - of
normality, where the celebrities are used as a vital
prop in the Brand Israel campaign. Leading media
outlets, however, reported that not one of the two
dozen stars had accepted the invitation.”]


Ken Loach re cultural boycott

Art Washing Poster

Poster by Ahmed Elkhalidi 


"The National Theatre of Norway´s official apology for the
cooperation with Habima" [September, 2016] As Ali
Abunimah notes in his article in The Electronic Intifada:
"It is not immediately apparent that this isn’t the real thing.
But in fact, the video and a written “apology” were published
as a work of art on Friday, online and in the national
newspaper Morgenbladet. The ambiguity was deliberate
and those who didn’t pay attention to the small print
might not have noticed that it was a performance. The
woman in the video is Gjertrud Jynge, a nationally
renowned actor in Norway.”]

"British band Slovo who declined offers to play in
Israel has released a song highlighting Israeli apartheid
and called for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The song, which contains the lyric: “I don’t sing for
apartheid,” calls for a boycott of the Eurovision Song
Contest final which will be held in Tel Aviv on 18 May.
Entitled “Not My Kinda Party”, the song refers to Israel
as an apartheid regime, and lists aspects of the
government’s policies including “illegal settlements”
and “kids in prison” followed by the verdict “Nul
Points” (a reference to infamous zero score at the
Eurovision Song Contest).” — Middle East Monitor,
April 3, 2019

Thurston Moore re cultural boycott

Artists United Against [SA] Apartheid:
Sun City Official Video [1985]

"Art Over War” [“Graffiti, tattoo, and street art,
transforming the grim reminders of war and
terrorism into beauty”], co-sponsored by
StandWithUs” and “Artists 4 Israel.” Artists
4 Israel celebrates its creation of hasbara
such as the “MLK Mural” below ⬇︎

"Dr King had a dream about equality. Where
has his dream been realized?…. Slavery has
never existed in Israel. Racial discrimination
laws have existed in Israel since the
founding of the state.” — hasbara mural
from Artists 4 Israel.


Maxine Peake cancells show in solidarity

"Maxine Peake has cancelled a play in London
to highlight the plight of Palestinian playwrights
and other artists targeted by the Israeli authorities

….Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s director,
said: “The cultural life of Palestinians is effectively
at the mercy of the occupying Israeli forces, and
this cancelled event is just a very small reminder
of the harsh everyday realities confronting anyone
involved in the arts in the occupied Palestinian
territory. “Amazingly, despite everything,
Palestinian playwrights, writers and poets are
still producing wonderful work, but they
shouldn’t have to endure roadblocks, arrests,
physical threats and the out-and-out destruction
of their arts centres. “We’re calling for the Israeli
authorities to end their persecution of
Palestinian artists.”

Alexi Sayle re cultural boycott

‘In conjunction with the JNF Arts and Entertainment
Task Force, featuring … [a] jazz pianist…. we can
come together to benefit the Land and People of
Israel. [ML: Art washing apartheid … Never forget
that the JNF clearly and forcefully states: “the JNF,
in relation to being an owner of land, is not a public
body that works for the benefit of all citizens of the
state. The loyalty of the JNF is given to the Jewish
people and only to them is the JNF obligated. The
JNF, as the owner of the JNF land, does not have
a duty to practice equality towards all citizens of
the state.”]

From the Don’t Dance With Israeli Apartheid campaign

Also see: Emily Jacir, "Artist’s Statement:
Emily Jacir’s “ENTRY DENIED
," Electronic Intifada,
February 1, 2007; Emily Jacir,  “Photostory:
Retracing bus no. 23 on the historic
Jerusalem-Hebron Road
,” Electronic
Intifada, December 15, 2006.

Brian Eno: "thoughts on Berlin, the Palestinian Boycott,
Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Movement and Pop-Kultur festival."

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"Bollywood has been wooed by Israel, with tax breaks,
film funding and Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Mumbai
in 2018 (IIlustration by Mohamad Elaasar)” / from
"How Israel uses Bollywood to whitewash the occupation" 

Navajo artist Remy on Indigenous art and Palestinian
resistance [4:20, 2/2020]


The Truth, Not Hasbara

n “Sports Washing”:

Sportswashing is “egregious human
rights abusers using sports to scrub
their awful human rights abuses”

Minky Worden, Director of Global
Initiatives, Human Rights Watch

Football stars are a source of
inspiration for all American citizens.
I am sure that, after the experiences
that the players will enjoy in Israel
and after they have seen the unique
tourist sites and the special
atmosphere here, they will become
ambassadors of good will for Israel.

Yariv Levin, Israeli Tourism Minister

During the struggle against
apartheid, sports was an important
avenue for resistance against the
racially prejudiced regime: SOCOS,
the sporting federation that
represented marginalized groups,
adopted the motto “No normal
sports in an abnormal country” to
successfully lobby for the exclusion
of South Africa from major
international events like the Olympics.

Omondi D. Kasidhi, South Africa
Athletics Report, 2005

The ministry which I lead is
spearheading an intensive fight
against the delegitimization and
BDS [Boycott, Divestment and
Sanction] campaigns against
Israel, and part of this struggle
includes hosting influencers and
opinion-formers of international
standing in different fields,
including sport.

Gilad Erdan, Israeli Strategic
Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister

was not aware that my itinerary
was being constructed by the Israeli
government for the purposes of
making me, in the words of a
government official, an ‘influencer
and opinion-former’ who would
then be ‘an ambassador of goodwill’.
I will not be used in such a manner. 

Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks
defensive end 

Abraham, Richard. "Giro d'Italia's start in
Israel provokes accusations of
 La grande partenza in
Jerusalem will be a historic first but brings
an unprecedented level of political
controversy to cycling’s second biggest
event,” The Guardian [UK], September
24, 2017. ["Israelis are now turning
their attention to a new kind of
construction: image. Despite the
occupation and condemnation from
the international community, Israel
is ready to project its pride at what
it has built and paint over the canvas
of conflict. Holding the brush is Sylvan
Adams, an ebullient 58-year-old
property billionaire who emigrated
from Canada in 2016. “‘Normal Israel’
is the phrase that I’ve coined; it’s the
regular daily life which somehow is
not an interesting enough story to
be told to the rest of the world. All
they want to do is talk about conflict
and terrorism but that’s a very, very
small part of life in Israel,” he says.
Adams’s subject is cosmopolitan
Israel: a charming country of ancient
heritage and modern cities, of warm
seas and warm people."]

Abunimah, Ali. "Israel threatens Giro d’Italia
protesters,” Electronic Intifada, May 4, 2018.
["Amnesty International slams #Giro101 for
sports-washing Israel's violations of Palestinian
human rights.”]

Abunimah, Ali. "Palestinians score as Argentina
cancels Israel match
,” Electronic Intifada, June
6, 2018. [“We welcome news that Argentina’s
‘friendly’ football match with Israel has been
canceled,” PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign
for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel,
stated. “The team responded to creative
campaigning from fans around the world
denouncing Israel’s sportswashing of its crimes
against Palestinians.”]

Arria, Michael. "Portland Trail Blazers sever
ties with company that supplies IDF with rifle
scopes after campaign by activists
Mondoweiss, October 1, 2019.

Ballenger, Alex. "From Gaza to the Giro
d’Italia – the many faces of Israel Start-Up
. How Israel’s first WorldTour team
plans to change a nation,” Cycling Weekly,
January 22, 2020. [“Listen, when we have
gay pride parades in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem,
and we draw from the entire world of the gay
community, they call it pinkwashing. When
we do sport, they call it sportwashing, so
anything we do is washing. 
“There is no
more libertarian society than Israel,
tolerating, accepting and free for everyone.”]

Baroud, Ramzy. “An Affront to History: Giro
d’Italia’s ‘Sport-Washing’ of Israeli Apartheid
Foreign Policy Journal, May 18, 2018. [“The RCS
Sport has done the ‘Giro’ race, sport cycling and
the Italian people an unforgivable disservice for
the sake of a few million dollars. By agreeing to
start the race in a country that is guilty of
apartheid practices and a protracted military
occupation, they will stain the race forever.”]

Bloomfield, Aubrey. Ignoring its Own Rules
and International Law, FIFA Opts to Support
Israeli Settlements
,” Palestine Square, November
8, 2017. [
While FIFA said it “must remain neutral
with regard to political matters,” it has in fact
made a political decision not to sanction Israel.”]

Bloomfield, Aubrey. “Sports and the Palestinian
BDS struggle
,” Mondoweiss, February 14, 2017.
[“Sports were central to the South African
anti-apartheid movement from its inception.
Participation in international sporting competitions,
and South Africa’s membership in international
sporting bodies, bestowed respectability on the
South African regime and obscured its racist

Brown, Michael F. NFL players pull out of Israel
propaganda tour
,” Electronic Intifada,
February 11, 2017.

Canadian BDS Coalition. "#RaptorsDontGo Say
No to Brand Israel Sports-washing
. The Canadian
BDS Coalition calls on each of the Raptors to say
NO to this offer by Tanenbaum. Say no to being
used as an ambassador to sports-wash an
aggressive ongoing colonization complete with
apartheid, genocide and war crimes,” June, 2019.
[Includes Open Letter to Toronto Raptors.]

Davidovich-Weisberg, Gabriela. "Giro d’Italia
Cycling Race Could Change the Face of Israeli
,” Ha'aretz, April 27, 2018. [“I (Sylvan
Adams) have two goals in bringing the Giro
race to Israel,” he says. “The first is to show
Israel to the rest of the world. Just like the
French found a way to advance their culture
through the Tour de France, the Italians have
done the same with the Giro, and so I hope to
show off our little country in the three days of
the race. It’s really a unique opportunity to
show all parts of the country to the rest of
the world.”

Hammad, Shatha. "Saudi football team’s
first Palestinian visit met with anger at
. Palestinian activists denounce
the use of 'sportswashing' to obscure the
normalisation of relations between Israel
and the kingdom,” Middle East Eye,
October 14, 2019. ["But while Abbas called
the arrival of the Saudi delegation “a
pleasure for the Palestinian people”, many
Palestinians believe the visit is purely
political, marking a new chapter in the
normalisation of relations between
Israel and Arab countries.”]

Human Rights Watch. "Israel/Palestine: FIFA
Sponsoring Games on Seized Land
. Israeli
Settlement Football Clubs Contribute to
Human Rights Violations,” September 25,
2016. ["FIFA, the worldwide football
association, is sponsoring matches in
Israeli settlements in the West Bank on
land unlawfully taken from Palestinians.
To fulfill its human rights responsibilities,
FIFA should require its affiliate, the Israel
Football Association, which is conducting
business in unlawful settlements that are
off-limits to Palestinians, to move all
FIFA-sanctioned games and activities
inside Israel.”] 

Jerusalem Post. "Giro d'Italia in Israel: Far more
than a cycling race
. For many years Israel advocates
have sought to sell an image of “brand Israel” that
differs from the headlines about conflict and politics,”
May 7, 2018. ["It shows that sports can be a form of
diplomacy, as well as a way to put Israel on the map
as a place removed from news of the conflict that
generally drowns out other coverage….actually
hosting successfully international events and
competitions which lend themselves to reporting
that is not conflict-based. The Giro d’Italia was a
phenomenal success.

Kawas, Marion. "Activists declare victory in
#RaptorsDontGo campaign
,” Mondoweiss,
October 23, 2019.

Kawas, Marion. "Please #SkipTheTrip to Israel,
Toronto Raptors
,” Middle East Monitor, June
17, 2019.

Kawas, Marion. "Sports-washing and the
Toronto Raptors
,” Mondoweiss, July 1, 2019.
["From the boycott of Puma over their
sponsorship of the Israel Football Association,
which includes teams from the illegal
settlements, to this #RaptorsDontGo
campaign, people are refusing to allow
sports-washing to become Israel’s next

Khattab, Aya. "Puma keeps helping Israel
sports-wash its human rights abuses
Companies like Puma which back Israeli
sport associations purposefully ignore
the oppression of Palestinian athletes,”
Al Jazeera, October 26, 2019. [“Pursuing
a career as an athlete in Palestine is
indeed a constant struggle, as the Israeli
occupation puts barriers before us at
every step. That is why we expect the
rest of the world, and especially sport
institutions and companies, to beaware
of our pain and to support us. That is
why we reject attempts by sport brands
and companies to whitewash Israel’s
occupation….Last year, global sportswear
manufacturer Puma signed a four-year
sponsorship deal with the Israel Football
Association (IFA). The IFA includes teams
from Israel's illegal settlements which are
built on land stolen from Palestinian families
in violation of international law. IFA’s
complicity in Israel's illegal settlement
enterprise has been repeatedly condemned
by UN advisers, dozens of elected officials,
public figures and civil society and human
rights groups.”]

Moon, Deborah. "Israeli NASCAR driver
ambassador for Israel and sport
,” Oregon Jewish
Life, October 2, 2018. ["Alon says every time
he races in the United States he is surprised by
how pro-Israel the fans are and how they support
an Israeli driver. He notes the sport is especially
popular in the South, where many of the
churches are pro-Israel. “That’s what I love
about NASCAR – it can bring Israel and
America together.”]

Nassar, Tamara. "Saudi-Israeli ties score
goal with West Bank football match
Electronic Intifada, October 17, 2019.
["Israel unsurprisingly used the Saudi
team’s presence to whitewash its image.”]

Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
National Committee (BNC). "Palestinians Salute
Worldwide Mobilizations Against Giro d’Italia
Sports-Washing Israel's Crimes
. Inspiring
mobilizations and creative energy put a spotlight
on Israel's crimes during the Giro d'Italia cycling
” June 5, 2018.

Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
National Committee (BNC). "
#ShameOnGiro: Let’s
Give Giro d’Italia a Reality Check
,” May 3, 2018.

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and
Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). 
Condemn Sports-washing “Friendly” Match
in Israel as Gaza Mourns Dead
,” November
16, 2019.

Shaheen, Mansur. "‘Unapologetic Palestinian’
Oday Aboushi leads by example in the NFL
Mondoweiss, August 8, 2019.

South African History Online. "Football in
South Africa Timeline 1862-2012
.” [Also
see Maureen Clare Murphy’s article in the
Electronic Intifada (September 24, 2019):
"Israel wrecks Palestine Cup final]

Telesur. "Giro d'Italia 'Sports-Washing Israeli
Abuses' with Jerusalem Tour: BDS
,” May 6, 2018.

The Guardian. "More than half of NFL players
booked for Israel PR trip withdraw
. Six players
scheduled to visit Israel withdraw from
week-long trip. Michael Bennett accused
government of using him for PR purposes,”
February 15, 2017. [“(T)he Israeli tourism
minister claimed the players making the trip
would serve as “ambassadors of goodwill
for Israel”. Michael Bennett, the Seahawks
defensive end, withdrew from the trip on
Friday in protest at being “used” in such
a way.”]

WAFA Palestinian News and Information
Agency. "Israel Bars 103 Gaza Athletes
from Running Bethlehem Marathon
,” March
31, 2016. ["Among those denied access into
Bethlehem was the Olympic athlete Nader
Masri, who participated in the 2008 Olympics
in Beijing, and participants from Right to
Movement and Right to Play. A
slammed barring Gaza athletes entry into
the West Bank historic city as “a blatant
violation of all international laws and
norms pertaining to athletes’ freedom
of movement.”]

Zirin, David. "On Draymond Green’s
‘Friends of the IDF’ Trip to Israel
Draymond Green refused to visit Donald
Trump. But he visited the Israeli President
and posed as a sniper for the cameras—that’s
a problem,” The Nation, July 10, 2018.
["Imagine Green visiting the Ferguson police
department while fires were still smoldering
in 2014. He never would have done it, yet this
visit was somehow fine: legitimizing a regime
that just engaged in a massacre. It was exactly
the kind of propaganda trip, embedded in the
Israeli military and shielded from Palestinian
life, that Michael Bennett and other NFL players
refused to participate in last year, because of the
parallels between the plight of Palestinians and
the #blacklivesmatter struggle against police
violence in the United States.”]

Zirin, David. "Open Letter to NFL Players
Traveling to Israel on a Trip Organized by
Netanyahu’s Government
have for decades been fighting policies
similar to the ones people are protesting
in cities across the United States,” The
Nation, February 9, 2017. "
Below is an
open letter signed by luminaries such as
Angela Davis and Alice Walker as well as
athlete-activists such as John Carlos and
Craig Hodges, and organizations including
Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign
for Palestinian Rights. The letter asks NFL
players to consider the political ramifications
of a propaganda trip organized by the Israeli
government that aims to prevent players
from seeing the experience of Palestinians
living under military occupation. It is a trip,
as the letter makes clear, that “aims to use
your fame to advance their own agenda: an
agenda that comes at the expense of the
Palestinian people.”]

Zirin, David. "Why Michael Bennett Walked
Away From the NFL’s Israel Delegation
Michael Bennett plans to visit Israel soon,
but only if Palestinian people aren’t rendered
invisible,” The Nation, February 13, 2017.
["Perhaps the ultimate comment came from
Bennett’s hero John Carlos, who read his open
letter and said, “I’m flattered this young man
quoted me and I’m overwhelmed that seeds I
may have planted almost 50 years ago have
played even a small part in developing such a
terrific person of principle. It’s true. You are
either in or your out. And Michael Bennett
is in.”]


“Anti-apartheid activists hold signs that read; “Going to see the
South African ‘Whites Only’ cricket team? (It’s not cricket).”
h/t Aubrey Bloomfield


AI Sport Washing

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Michael Bennett 


Roger Waters Adds His Voice to #RaptorsDontGo

#RaptorsDontGo Campaign Has Been Successful!!
Statement of Canadian BDS Coalition, October 22, 2019

#RedCardIsrael  Also see the website: Red Card Israeli Racism

#BoycottPuma [For further information see: Sarsak,
Mahmoud. "Tell Puma that if it opposes racism,
then it must oppose the Israeli occupation
. Black
Lives Matter is forcing the sports world to confront
racism - yet the prejudice which destroyed my
career is largely ignored,” Mondoweiss, September 10, 2020.]

Donegal Celtic Park Boycott Puma





Molins de Rei BDS water polo



Celtic fans protest with Palestinian flags during the win over
Hapoel Beer-Sheva [2016] / "When someone is representing Israeli
state institutions it is sadly never merely a game; football, UEFA,
and Celtic FC are being used to whitewash Israel's true nature
and give this rogue state an air of normality and acceptance
it should not and cannot enjoy until it's impunity ends and
it is answerable to international law and faces sanctions
for the countless UN resolutions it had breached” — Facebook
group titled "Fly the flag for Palestine, for Celtic, for Justice

“The image of Israel as a battleground of conflicting
narratives….The truth is, we shouldn’t be looking for
winning more debates, what we should be looking for
is winners….The Israel Sports Ambassadors project
aims to improve Israel’s image through excellence
in international sports….We invest both in their
atheletic development and performance, as well as
their ability to deliver an effective message….We
are ready to replace battlegrounds with arenas,
and to set the stage for a winning story." 

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"Puma keeps helping Israel sports-wash its human
rights abuses
” / "Palestinian football player Aya Khattab
is calling on Puma to reconsider its contract with the Israel
Football Association [Courtesy of BDS movement] [Daylife]"

"Dave Zirin, the sports editor of The
Nation magazine, delivers opening
remarks at the “Not Backing Down:
Israel, Free Speech & the Battle for
Palestinian Rights” panel at
UMass-Amherst on May 4, 2019.
In his speech, Zirin blasts attempts
by right-wing groups to label
progressives who speak up for
Palestinian rights as either
“anti-Semitic” or as “self-hating
Jews” and makes a powerful case
for solidarity with the Palestinian
people. “Not Backing Down,” which
focused on the increasingly vitriolic
backlash against pro-Palestinian
voices, was held in front of a capacity
crowd despite a fierce effort by
right-wing groups to brand the event
as anti-Semitic and shut it down."

The Truth, Not Hasbara

On the hasbara of left zionism:

Abarbanel, Avigail. "I’d much prefer an
honest Zionist to a ‘liberal’ one
Mondoweiss, September 24, 2018.
[Excerpt: "I would like him (and other
‘nice’ American or Western Zionist Jews)
to say clearly and unequivocally that they
believe that the Jewish people have more
right to survive than the Palestinian people.
I would like them to say clearly and
unequivocally that they believe that it
was justified to kick 750,000 Palestinians
out of their homes and property and off
their land, to destroy a whole nation,
steal everything from them, kill, rape,
massacre, displace and disinherit in
order to ‘save’ their people.”]

Abunimah, Ali. "Boycott and Zionists’ crocodile
tears for Palestinian workers,” Electronic
Intifada, February 6, 2014.

Abunimah, Ali. "Boycotting “the occupation”
is not enough,” Electronic Intifada,
October 21, 2016. [Excerpt: 
Zionists are attempting to co-opt BDS
to preserve Israeli apartheid.”]

Abunimah, Ali. "Challenging Peter
Beinart’s dishonesty about the
inequality in Zionism
,” Electronic
Intifada, May 29, 2015. [Excerpt:
"This has long been Beinart’s refrain
– deflecting blame onto to the Israeli
bogeyman right and obfuscating the
racism inherent in his own liberal-
flavored variety of Zionism.”]

Abunimah, Ali. "Teaching young people to hate:
the ugly face of J Street’s anti-Palestinian bigotry
,” Electronic Intifada, August 19, 2012.
[Excerpt: "For years, J Street has posed as the kinder,
gentler face of the Israel lobby, the alternative to
hardline AIPAC. Anyone who’s paid close attention
knows that has never been the case, and behind
the smiling exterior that J Street boss Jeremy
Ben-Ami projects are similar hardcore
anti-Palestinian views….we should have
zero tolerance for talk of Palestinians as a
“demographic threat” just because (a) they’re
born and (b) they’re not Jews.”]

Ajl, Max. "The return of the colonial: Laor’s
“The Myths of Liberal Zionism” reviewed,”
Electronic Intifada, May 19, 2010. [Excerpt:
"Earlier Zionists were not in the business of
molly-coddling modern Western sensibilities.
They were honest, unaware or indifferent to
the fact that the archival record they left behind
would be trouble….Ideology hasn’t changed
much, but the West has. So Israeli new mandarins
have to try to sell settler-colonialism to Western
states with populations that increasingly regard
Zionism’s spiritual core and physical reality as
somewhere on the spectrum between mildly
embarrassing and overtly revolting. It is those
mandarins that anti-Zionist Israeli poet Yitzhak
Laor meticulously vivisects in The Myths of Liberal

Arackal, Sheena Anne. "Trump administration
reversal on settlements crystalizes a
longstanding call from Israel
,” Mondoweiss,
November 22, 2019. [Excerpt: "since 1967
the Israeli government has maintained a
remarkably consistent policy position: the
land between the River and the Sea belongs
to Israel, and only to Israel.”]

Avneri, Uri. "Barak: A Villa in the Jungle,” Gush
Shalom, July 7, 2002. [Excerpt: (Ehud Barak in
an interview published in The New York Review
of Books (June 13, 2002) "They (the Palestinians,
and especially Arafat) are the products of a culture
in which to tell a lie…creates no dissonance. They
don't suffer from the problem of telling lies that
exists in Judeo-Christian culture. Truth is seen as
an irrelevant category…The deputy director of the
US Federal Bureau of Investigation told me that there
are societies in which lie detector tests don't work,
societies in which lies do not create cognitive
dissonance (on which the tests are based)."]

Blumenthal. Max. "Brooklyn College battle reveals
hidden agenda of “liberal Zionism,” Electronic Intifada,
February 12, 2013. [Excerpt: "Is unilaterally deciding
how Palestinians will be controlled and dominated
what liberal Zionists mean by “Jewish self-determination?”
Questions like this are not easy to answer, which may
be why leading liberal Zionists stringently avoid engaging
in forums where their onerous proposals might be
placed under tough scrutiny.”]

Bryan, Robb. "Munayyer-Beinart debate revealed
toothless sentimentalism of liberal Zionism
Mondoweiss, June 12, 2015. [Excerpt: “Beinart
has long played the role of Good Cop – the
level-headed foil to the Rabbi Shmuleys and
Alan Dershowitzes of the world….Yet this quote
from a 2010 interview with Jeffrey Goldberg displays
the limits of his progressivism: “I’m not even asking
[Israel] to allow full, equal citizenship to Arab Israelis,
since that would require Israel no longer being a Jewish
state. I’m actually pretty willing to compromise my
liberalism for Israel’s security and for its status as a
Jewish state.”]

Cohen, Robert A. H. "As Jews, we’ll never address
racism while clinging to Zionism
,” Mondoweiss,
June 6, 2020. [Excerpt: "Liberal Zionism can’t hide
its racism / Even the most liberal Zionists end up
hobbled in their ability to show true solidarity with
those who face daily discrimination around the
world based on race, ethnicity or religion.”]

Cook, Jonathan. "Israel’s “peace camp” flirts
with oblivion
,” Electronic Intifada, February 7, 2020.
[Excerpt: "In 2011, in a sign widely interpreted as
the reinvention of Labor, leading candidate, and
later party head, Shelly Yachimovich observed
that the settlements, which violate international
law, were not a “sin” or a “crime.” 
In a moment
of frankness, she rightly credited Labor with
creating them: “It was the Labor Party that
founded the settlement enterprise in the
territories. That is a fact. A historical fact.”]

Cohen, Joely. “Liberal Zionism is Dead,” Times of Israel,
May 16, 2018. [Excerpt: "The truth is that the doctrine
of Liberal Zionism has never been logically strong
enough to withstand educated critique. As proponents
of Liberal Zionism unearth the whole truth of how the
State of Israel came to exist, they come to realise that
the violent actions of the State today are not
unfortunate yet avoidable disasters, but calculated
necessities which are absolutely essential to Israel’s
continued existence as a Jewish nation-state.”] 

Cronin, David. "When Haaretz explains Israel’s crimes,”
Electronic Intifada, July 13, 2017. [Excerpt: "Some of its
most senior journalists behave as stooges to an apartheid
state. Amos Harel is promoted by the paper as “one of
Israel’s leading media experts on military and defense
issues.” He is a practitioner of hasbara – the Israeli
brand of propaganda. Hasbara is frequently translated
as “explaining.” And Harel tends to “explain” Israeli
conduct in a sympathetic way.”]

Deane, Raymond. "The Anatomy of a Beautiful Soul,” Electronic
Intifada, November 9, 2006. [Excerpt: "Undoubtedly Lieberman
is a villainous demagogue, but at least he fearlessly spells out
the racist and supremacist implications of Zionist ideology.
With Lieberman you know where you stand, and self-styled
democrats and peaceniks can polish their humanistic
credentials by flinging mud at him. With David Grossman,
however, the same premises lead to a discourse in which
everything has become muddied and inverted, the occupier
has become the victim, the victim has become a twisted
fanatic, and only the humanistic man of letters has retained
any kind of wistful integrity.”]

El-Ad, Haggai. "What's the Real Purpose of Israels
Annexation Plan?
” Haaretz, May 16, 2020. [Excerpt:
"And really, why settle for less? Annexation of the
Jordan Valley is not an invention of extremists that
was whispered about in private and held in abeyance
until the “extremist” U.S. envoy David Friedman came
along and replaced the “moderate” U.S. envoy Dan
Shapiro. The copyright belongs to Israel’s Labor Party.
In a moment of historic justice, this party has just
joined a government that openly declares its intention
to realize the vision it has had since the early 1970s,
with an updated version of the Allon Plan. The
consensus was there even then, despite the ensuing
years of prattling about an ideological dispute
between right and left – even as Israel effectively
annexed the Jordan Valley long ago and operates
with brutality to expel the Palestinian communities there."]

Elia, Nada. "Jewish allies must understand that solidarity
entails a loss of privilege
,” Mondoweiss, July 5, 2018. 

HaCohen, Ran. "Israeli Intellectuals Love the War,”
Electronic Intifada, August 7, 2006.

Gill, Joe. "Ilan Pappe warns UK Labour against
supporting Israel's Blue and White ‘charade’

Outspoken Israeli historian says Labour should
not be swayed into supporting an Israeli
government led by Benny Gantz,” Middle East
Eye, September 23, 2019. [Excerpt: “… Pappe
said that Israel’s Blue and White coalition led
by former general Benny Gantz was no
different from Likud in its treatment of
Palestinians. We used to call it liberal
Zionism, or left Zionism; this is gone
anyway – they are calling it something
else, Blue and White - god knows what
it is," Pappe said. "Its main ideological
stance is it doesn’t like Netanyahu. Neither
do I, but that’s not enough as a vision for the future.”]

Hass, Amira. "It’s not surrender to the settlers, it’s
Israeli policy
,” Haaretz, May 13, 2019. [Excerpt:
"Some friendly advice to Peace Now and its
spokespeople: Stop presenting land theft in the
West Bank as “part of the government’s ongoing
surrender to the settlers’ demands.” The dog and
its tail are one and the same. The settlers’ demands
and the Israeli government’s plans are intertwined,
and not just now. To say about the outgoing
Netanyahu government – and the new one expected
to be formed – that they have “surrendered” to the
settlers is really nothing but fake news.”]

Iraqi, Amjad. “'An illegitimate regime': In an
exclusive interview, human rights lawyer
Michael Sfard explains what led Yesh Din
to charge Israel with the crime of apartheid
in the West Bank,” +972, July 9, 2020. [Excerpt:
"We’ve been blinded by the Israeli narrative,
and it took time to realize that the arguments
every Israeli repeats — such as “we don’t want
to control the Palestinians,” or “we want them
to be the masters of their own fate,” or “we will
strike a deal when we have a partner in
negotiations” — are all a lie. The myth was
especially strong during the Oslo years that
Israelis intended to end our “undesired
domination” of the Palestinians. It takes
time to realize that this is not true — that
this is all one enterprise of domination,
and to internalize our supremacy.”]

Jinjirrie. “Liberal Zionist Bingo,” Kadaitcha,
March 1, 2012.

Kane, Alex. "The Democratic Party is also
devoted to Israel’s apartheid
. Both sides of
the aisle are complicit in maintaining U.S.
support for Israel’s separate and unequal
regime,” +972, January 31, 2020.

Konrad, Edo. "The life and death of the Israeli
peace camp
. Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog
is channeling the same tropes and spin Ehud
Barak used to destroy the peace process 15
yearsago. Will we have to wait another decade
and a half for him to admit what he’s done?”
+972, February 13, 2016. [Excerpt: "Eldad Yaniv,
Barak’s former campaign adviser and well
known politico who has worked closely with
politicians of all stripes added: “Ten years later,
there are still people who say, ‘We gave them
everything at Camp David and got nothing.
’That is a flagrant lie… I was one of the people
behind this false and miserable spin.”]

Lazare, Sara. "The Forgotten History of
the Jewish, Anti-Zionist Left
. A conversation
with scholar Benjamin Balthaser about Jewish,
working-class anti-Zionism in the 1930s and
’40s,” In These Times, July 13, 2020. [Excerpt:
"It’s a bloody matrix of assimilation and
whiteness that emerged out of the Cold War
suburbanization of the 1950s. Israel was part
of that devil’s bargain. Yes, you can become
real Americans: You can go to good U.S.
universities, you can join the suburbs, enter
into the mainstream of American life, as long
as you do this one little thing for us, which
is back the American Empire.”]

Leifer, Joshua. "For J Street, holding
Israel accountable is still a step too far
J Street's 2019 conference heralded a
new willingness to challenge unconditional
military aid to Israel. But the organization
was quick to reaffirm the status quo,”
+972, November 7, 2019.

Leifer, Joshua. "The Resilient Fiction of
the Two-State Solution
,” Jewish Currents,
July 9, 2020. [Excerpt: "The occupation’s
putative temporariness is what has enabled
liberal Zionists to see themselves as genuine
liberals. It’s what allowed them to justify a
policy position to themselves that in practice
treats Palestinians’ human rights—considered
universal and inalienable for everyone else—as
conditional, to be held in perpetual suspension.
Annexation, which would confirm that the
occupation is permanent and inextricable
from “Israel proper,” would in theory force
liberal Zionists to decide between support
for democratizing the one-state reality, or
support for apartheid. But wholesale
ideological reversals are uncommon, and
Zionism has become as central a pillar of
liberal American Judaism as ritual practice,
if not more so.”]

Levine, Alan and Donna Nevel. "NYT editorial
on Trump executive order illustrates
equivocations of liberal Zionism
,” Mondoweiss,
December 13, 2019. [Excerpt: "The New York
Times coverage of Israel and Palestine has
long illustrated the equivocations of liberal
Zionism. On the one hand, a mild wipe of
the eye about some particularly shameful
acts of Israeli brutality towards
Palestinians; on the other, repeatedly
mischaracterizing as antisemitic Boycott
Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), the global
movement to hold Israel accountable for
these and other human rights violations.
This week’s Times editorial, “Trump’s
Executive Order and the Rise of
Anti-Semitism” (12/11/19), is a perfect
example of its on-the-one hand-and-
on-the-other approach to all stories
touching on Palestine and Israel.”]

Levine, Joseph. "Zionism is at the core of Jewish
identity, so anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic’ —
A response
,” Mondoweiss, September 2, 2019.
[Excerpt: "...for Pearl and many Zionists the point
isn’t to defend Zionism at all. The point is to
structure the public debate so that criticisms of
Zionism cannot be aired in the first place. Pearl
wants critics of Zionism to be prohibited from
making their arguments on the grounds that
doing so would violate the identity-rights of Jews.
But if he admits, as I imagined he would, that
identity-rights can’t immunize a genuinely-unjust
doctrine from public criticism, how do you prohibit
criticism of Zionism in the public realm until you’ve
shown that it’s not unjust? And how do you do that
if you don’t allow those who claim it is unjust to
make their case publicly?”]

Levine, Mark. "Peter Beinart's liberal Zionist fantasy,”
Al Jazeera, March, 2012. [Excerpt: "Beinart and “liberal”
groups such as J Street … can only get a seat at the table
of power to the extent they refrain from offering the
kind of systematic, historically grounded and ruthlessly
honest critique of policies that would show the flaws in the
system to be fundamental and irreparable - precisely what
those in power work so hard to ensure no-one understands.”]

Levitz, Eric. "Natalie Portman and the Crisis of Liberal
,” New York Magazine, April 26, 2018. [Excerpt: “To
remain true to both AIPAC and progressivism, a liberal
Zionist must now lament border walls in Texas but defend
them in the West Bank; condemn Republicans who suggest
that nonwhite babies pose a threat to American civilization
as proto-Nazis and endorse Israel’s right to defend itself
against the “demographic threat” that is Palestinian children;
decry Donald Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees and apologize
for Israel’s imprisonment of African ones; abhor the president’s
indifference to civilian casualties and ignore that Israel’s
defense minister believes every man, woman, and child
in the Gaza Strip is an enemy combatant.”]

Levy, Gideon. “In a Jewish state, the Zionist left can offer
the Arabs nothing but empty words
,” Haaretz, April 26,
2019. [Excerpt: "Dear Zionist leftists, don’t count on the
Arab vote. You’re not worthy of it. First of all – now you
come to us? After all the years of military administration
and after the riots of October 2000, the discrimination,
exclusion and dispossession (just go to Taibeh or Hura),
suddenly you remember that we exist? Oh well, better
late than never. But what exactly does the center-left
have to offer the Arabs in the state of the Jews? Empty
words. What equality, without which there can be no
genuine partnership, can exist in a Jewish-democratic
state? What brotherhood can prevail in a country whose
Law of Return fundamentally discriminates against
Arabs? What is there waiting for them in a country
whose discourse is all Jewish and only Jewish? Where
nearly all of the land is designated for Jews and many
public workplaces are closed to them? And that’s before
we’ve even said a word about the nation-state law.
There is only one way that Jews and Arabs can really
go together: in a democratic, egalitarian state of all its
citizens. Is this what anyone on the Zionist left who
proposed joining together meant? If so, he cannot be
a Zionist. This built-in contradiction must be exposed:
Zionism and egalitarianism cannot go hand in hand.”]

Levy, Gideon. “Israeli Propaganda Isn't Fooling Anyone – Except
'Hasbara' is the Israeli euphemism for propaganda,
and there are some things, said the late ambassador Yohanan
Meroz, that are 
not 'hasbarable.' One of them is Israel’s
treatment of the Palestinians,” Ha’aretz, June 4, 2015.

Levy, Gideon. "'Leftist Media' Seeks the Blood of Those
Who Dare Criticize Israel
,” Haaretz, December 26,
2019. [Excerpt: "Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite and
Bensouda is counsel to Satan. The government, the
army, the journalists and the readers all want this
blood – Bensouda’s blood, the ICC’s blood,
B’Tselem’s blood, the blood of all those who dare
criticize Israel. Erdan can close his ministry; there
are enough Israeli media outlets that will do the
work for him. This is the “leftist” media. If the
so-called left-wing media hadn’t been derelict
in its duty, the occupation might have ended
long ago. For years it has been concealing the
occupation and its war crimes, not wanting to
upset readers and viewers when they’re trying
to relax. Now, when these crimes are liable to be
revealed by the institution with the greatest
authority to address them, the media is enlisting
in the effort to impugn anyone who might have a
hand in this. The government isn’t pressuring
these media outlets to do this, nor is the army or
the security services. They are doing it of their own
free will, simply to please their audiences – in other
words, to make money. The devil in Gambia? We
have a problem with Rishon Letzion, where Yedioth
Ahronoth has its offices.

Litvin, Yoav. "Equality as Revolution: Two Israeli
Dissidents on Their Fight for Truth and
,” Truthout, February 4, 2018.
[Excerpt: "Liberal-Zionism is a far greater threat
to Palestinians than what Netanyahu stands for
… the so-called differences between the left and
right in Israel are not a result of differing values,
but are tactical and cosmetic, i.e. the way that
the members of each group would like to portray
themselves to the world. While the right-wingers
unapologetically claim supremacy and dominance
over the land — and like most supremacists, care
very little about their perception in the world —
the so-called left creates and maintains a false
narrative in order maintain an illusion that Israel
is a humane democracy. This is essential both
for outer appearances and self-perception.”]

Litvin, Yoav. "New Israel Fund’s Daniel Sokatch exposes
the bankruptcy of liberal Zionism
,” Mondoweiss, January
11, 2018. [Excerpt: "So why are Sokatch and NIF so afraid
of BDS? It may be because BDS threatens the most
fundamental premise inherent in Zionism – the
supremacy of one group of people over another.”]

Litvin, Yoav. "The case against the Zionist
Yoavlitvin.com, September 3, 2019.
[Excerpt: "The supposed left, “liberal” wing
of Zionism, comprising Israeli political parties,
non-profit organizations and media organs
in Israel and outside it, serves to promote
Zionist propaganda, which renders occupation,
apartheid and genocide of Indigenous
Palestinian people palatable to audiences
in Israel and worldwide. Liberal Zionism
intrinsically promotes reactionary regimes
and interest groups, which share Zionism’s
ethnocentric, xenophobic, misogynistic and
hyper-capitalist worldviews, including Trump’s
United States, Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Duterte’s
Philippines, Orban’s Hungary and Modi’s
India, among others.”]  

Litvin, Yoav. “To be or not to be a Zionist?
Yoavlitvin.com, April 10, 2019. [Excerpt: “And
the only relevant dilemma for progressive
American Jews remains – are you a Zionist
or an anti-Zionist? As veteran Israeli journalist
Gideon Levy recently wrote: “If you remain a
Zionist, you can no longer be of the left; if
you’re of the left, you can no longer be a
Zionist.” All those who claim to care about
Palestinians, including progressive Jews and
organizations such as If Not Now who in their
broad umbrella avoid implicating Zionism or
directly supporting BDS cannot continue to
claim left wing universalist values while
simultaneously serving as the “liberal”
wing of the apartheid Zionist regime.”]

Machover, Moshe and Akiva Orr. “The
Class Character of Israeli Society
Matzpen, February 10, 1972.

Massad, Joseph. "Recognizing Palestine,
BDS and the survival of Israel
,” Electronic
Intifada, December 16. 2014. ["In short,
the expanded support of BDS in the US and
Europe is not necessarily an expanded support
for the goals of ending Israeli racism, Israel’s
occupation and the Palestinian refugees’ exile,
but rather simply support for the use of BDS
as a means to achieve whatever the party
using it determines as the sought-after goal.”]

Munayyer, Yousef. "Liberal Zionism paved the Israeli
right’s path to annexation
. The world's frantic
attempts to stop annexation remain stuck in the
liberal Zionist fantasies that kept the occupation
running smoothly for decades,” +972, June 23,
2020. [Excerpt: "Remember the goal of ending
the occupation? Now it is about stopping
annexation. And if anyone thinks that annexation
is the hill that liberal Zionism will die on, they are
wrong; it will simply move to the next hilltop.”]

Nassar, Tamara. "Israel passes law entrenching apartheid,”
Electronic Intifada, July 19, 2018. [Excerpt: "J Street itself
staunchly opposes equality for Palestinians by rejecting
the right of return for Palestinian refugees solely on the
grounds that they are not Jews and would therefore
constitute a “demographic threat.” 
J Street’s website
even panders to the claim that Palestinians would “flood
Israel with refugees and undermine it as a homeland
for the Jewish people.” But unlike the new law, J Street
packages its rejection of Palestinian rights as support
for “peace” and a “two-state solution.”]

Nevel, Donna. "Opposing Settlements While
Supporting Injustice: Progressive Jews and
the World Zionist Congress
,” Mondoweiss,
January 21, 2020. [Excerpt: "The ideology
of the WZO and the WZC is that Israel belongs
to the Jews of the world and that, therefore
,Jews outside of Israel deserve the right to
determine policies, sit on boards, and direct
funding and resources that, among other
things, control the day to day lives of
Palestinians. Israel, together with the WZO
and other Zionist institutions, have a long
history of privileging Jews at the extreme
expense of Palestinians. Beginning with the
Nakba, when 750,000 Palestinians were
forced out of their land and homes during
Israel’s creation, Palestinian citizens of
Israel have continued to be treated as
third-class citizens subjected to racism
and anti-democratic policies and actions,
as well as ongoing intimidation and
harassment. Palestinians in the occupied
territories have routinely endured
ongoing land theft, home demolitions,
military checkpoints, arbitrary arrests,
torture, and administrative detentions
without trial or charge, and have no
say in what happens to them….
Participating in the WZC elections under
the banner of progressive values
effectively whitewashes the WZO’s
impact on Palestinians….Participating in
these elections doesn’t begin to tackle
Israel’s unjust, apartheid system and its
underlying Zionist ideology, but, rather,
feeds that system and ideology and gives
them more roots.

Norr, Henry. "Pappé on apartheid, ideology, Chomsky,
and the contradictions of “liberal Zionism
,” Mondoweiss,
September 1, 2015. [Excerpt: "this idea of segregating the
rights of the people is familiar to us. Now this is an
ideology. This is not a tactical response to a problem.
This is not just a policy. It is not even a strategy. This is a
Zionist vision shared by all the Zionist parties. Now, this
is the main, almost the exclusive, obstacle to peace and
reconciliation in Israel and Palestine. Not addressing it,
but only addressing the Israeli policy here or there,
would be similar to addressing certain policies of South
Africa during the heyday of Apartheid without touching
Apartheid at all.”]

North, James. "New book by Larry Derfner, the
American-turned-Israeli journalist, crushes liberal
Zionism,” Mondoweiss, April 4, 2017. [Excerpt: “Israel’s
problem is not what it may become, but what it already is.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. "Amos Oz was the wizard
of liberal-Zionist zealotry
,” Mondoweiss, January
4, 2019. [Excerpt: “[I]n the end, Hasbara
is largely for the self-consumption of Zionists,
to make themselves feel good about themselves.
But when you scratch the make-up, it’s
contradictory, and it ain’t pretty. I, for one,
have chosen to walk off that yellow-brick-road
of Zionism. Oz would have called me an extremist,
he would have put me in the corner. So be it. I
think he was the zealot.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. “Batya Ungar-Sargon and the delusions
of Liberal Zionism
,” Mondoweiss, February 27, 2019.

Ofir, Jonathan. “Israel’s orientalist rally for
” Mondoweiss, May 27, 2019. [Excerpt:
"And that’s because this rally was not about democracy.
It was about Zionism, and it was about maintaining a
semblance of democracy, so as to keep a liberal
appearance, while being an Apartheid state.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. “Liberal Zionist hero Barak brags 
hat Israeli left ‘liberated’ the occupied territories
for Jews
,” Mondoweiss, September 30, 2017.
["Barak is completely right – the occupation and
the settlement project are not things that just
happened due to some messianic rightist settlers
– it was a premeditated project that both the right
and the left have been involved in all along….
In the
end, Barak’s “returning to every part of the land”
is not really that different from the “we have
returned home” official slogan of the event.
His “liberated all of Samaria” is not
really that different to Israel’s top diplomat Tzipi
Hotoveli’s “This land is ours, all of it is ours”.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. "Dershowitz calls Beinart a Nazi,”
Mondoweiss, July 20, 2020. ["Zionists need this
fear mongering – the one that Dershowitz
provides. It doesn’t need to be real, it just
needs to manufacture consent for maintenance
of the status quo, which is Israeli expansionism.
They will talk about two states, but the
Palestinian state will conveniently never arrive,
while they blame the Arabs for it. And if the
fear mongering requires Nazi accusations,
even against Jews, that’s fine, all in service
to the good purpose, that “Nation State of
the Jewish People”. 
But these pundits are
becoming more desperate, and Peter Beinart’s
move has faced them with a need to prove
that they are still about liberalism, while
what they defend is widely exposed as
incompatible with that liberalism, and
amounts to Apartheid. So they are trying
to further demonise those who promote
this discussion and divert the attention,
as Alan Dershowitz says “look over
there – Nazis!”]

Ofir, Jonathan. "‘Iron wall’ and ‘Villa in
the jungle’ – Israel’s colonialism has many
,” Mondoweiss, September 7, 2020.
["this is the same colonialist, orientalist
jungle– in whatever Zionist jargon it is
expressed– no, the irony is that it is in
fact the Barak view that tends to be more
rejectionist than the Jabotinsky view, since
it continues to view with suspicion any
agreement that is made with the “jungle”.]

Ofir, Jonathan. "Oof. Looks like Batya
Ungar-Sargon is using disingenuous antisemitism
charges against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
” Mondoweiss, August 19, 2019. ["As a
self-righteous ‘liberal-Zionist’ who purports to
speak on behalf of “all Jews”, the “Jewish
imagination” and what not, she is just fine
with blowing dog-whistles for the right-wing
attackers of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to
pick up on. And indeed, in no-time, Ungar
Sargon was cited by Fox News and a range
of right-wing outlets.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. “Peter Beinart’s defection
is a desperate crisis for liberal Zionists
Mondoweiss, July 12, 2020. ["So, to recap
Pfeffer: Zionism is not about morals, but it
is of course moral, and that’s beyond discussion.
And it’s also beyond discussion currently,
because it doesn’t exist anymore, and that’s
why Beinart is wrong and utopian.”]

Ofir, Jonanthan. "When Zionism is the
essence of life, a break has huge
,” Mondoweiss, January 9,
2018. ["It may well be that ‘liberal Zionists’
consider liberal values to be their highest
goal, but when it comes down to the
competition between Zionism and
liberalism, Zionists will go Zionist.
Where the more fundamentalist and
more unabashed fascist Zionists are
concerned, this is less of an affront,
because they have less of an inclination
to respect the ‘liberal’ notion anyway.
But even fascists tend to think that their
values are related to ‘freedom’ and
‘moral superiority’ – they simply judge
the ‘others’ to not be part of the club.”]

Orr, Akiva, and Moshé Machover. “The
Zionist Left and the Palestinian Resistance
Matzpen, February 10, 1972. [“Zionism
does not speak of the solution of the
Israeli-Arab problem, because as far as
it is concerned no such problem exists;
it does not even like to speak of solving
the Israeli-Arab conflict. As far as Zionism
is concerned, everything can be summed
up in one word: peace. It is not difficult to
understand why. Zionism is engaged in a
process of creating facts that are favorable
to it and of realizing its goals. In each stage
of partial realization, it wants only one
thing: that the Arabs acquiesce in the facts
that it has created. From the point of view
of Zionism no political or social problem
exists, only the problem of Arab psychology.
Therefore the Zionist demand is “peace” not
“a solution to the problem.”]

Palestinians in the U.S. "Palestinians in the
U.S. speak out on the Upcoming J Street
Conference: The Time Has Come for Us to
Be Heard
,” Medium.com, October 25, 2019.
[Excerpt: "J Street’s motivation behind a
two-state “solution” is driven by the fear
that Palestinians outnumber Jews in the land,
not by a commitment to human rights,
equality, and justice. In any other context,
fear of the growth of a particular population
is considered racist. Instead, J Street is
lauded as a progressive, pro-peace

Peled, Miko. "Amos Oz Remembered: The Sharp
Talons of a Zionist “Dove
.” It is wrong to speak ill
of the dead. Amos Oz, however, was not a private
man, not just an individual but an icon. He thrived
and benefited greatly from his image as a Zionist, a
patriot, and with that, a peace-loving man, a true
“dove.” Oz was the icon of the culture of the
colonizer,” Mint Press News, January 2, 2019.

Rose, Liz. "It’s time for Tom Friedman to face
the contradictions of liberal Zionism, and move
,” Mondoweiss, June 27, 2018. [Excerpt: “It’s
becoming more and more difficult for liberal
Zionists to balance their support for human
rights and global justice in Trump’s America
with their support for Israel. But liberal
Zionists in the U.S. still believe they can.”]

Rose, Liz. "The loving rituals of liberal Zionism
(and the Birthright breakup)
,” Mondoweiss, September
13, 2018. [Excerpt: "This growing crack within
liberal Zionism is a sign that the mythology is
falling apart, the shared stories are unraveling,
the inherent hypocrisy is becoming more glaring.
Liberal Zionism always sits on top of the occupation,
on top of all of Palestine, with or without the
blasts of the ram’s horn demanding us to pay
attention. We just don’t want to see it.”]

Rosen, Rabbi Brant. "Peter Beinart Crosses
Over: On Game Changers and Historic Injustices
Shalom Rav, July 8, 2020. [Excerpt: "he treats
ethnic cleansing as something we must forestall
in the future, not something that has been very
much ongoing since 1948. And therein lies the
problem: such an attitude betrays a mindset
that views this issue as a political conflict to
be solved, not a moral injustice to be
confronted. In the end, however, both of
these things are intrinsically connected.
There can be no political solution without
a restorative/reparative process through
which Israel ends its oppression of the
Palestinian people and formally admits
to the historic wrongs it has committed
against them. For a contemporary model,
we have to look no farther than South
Africa and the creation its Truth and
Reconciliation Committee.”]

Salaita, Steven. "Liberal Zionism and
the ethnonational imperative
,” Electronic
Intifada, December 30, 2015. [Excerpt:
"The liberal Zionist must constantly
choose between a self-professed
commitment to democracy and
protecting Israel’s reputation. When
pressed, the liberal Zionist always
chooses to protect Israel’s reputation.
That choice defines liberal Zionism.”]

Samel, David. "Notes from the
Munayyer-Beinart debate
,” Mondoweiss,
 June 8, 2015. [Excerpt: "On issue after
issue, Beinart’s sincerely stated positions
were no match for Munayyer’s more
reasoned analysis buttressed by his own
experience and simple refusal to tolerate
injustice and inequality that all of us,
including Beinart, would consider
intolerable.”] [Debate video here.]

Sarnel, David. "Ilhan Omar and the anti-Semitic
‘trope/canard’ smear
,” Mondoweiss, February
19, 2019. [Excerpt: "Ungar-Sargon, who views
herself as politically “on the left,” has perversely
become a leading practitioner of the familiar
playbook smearing those who stray from the
narrow boundaries of acceptable criticism of
Israel as anti-Semites who are conjuring some
historical anti-Semitic “trope” or “canard”….
Anti-Semitic “tropes” and “canards” and
“slanders” have become the go-to staple of
Israel support….This trope/canard nonsense
could be used to immunize Israel from
virtually any criticism”]

Schmemann, Serge. "General's Words
Shed a New Light on the Golan
,” New York
Times, May 11, 1997. [Excerpt: "It is an article
of faith among Israelis that the Golan Heights
were seized in the 1967 Middle East war to stop
Syria from shelling the Israeli settlements
down below….General Dayan died in 1981.
But in conversations with a young reporter
five years earlier, he said he regretted not
having stuck to his initial opposition to
storming the Golan Heights. There really
was no pressing reason to do so, he said,
because many of the firefights with the
Syrians were deliberately provoked by
Israel, and the kibbutz residents who
pressed the Government to take the
Golan Heights did so less for security
than for the farmland….the reporter,
Rami Tal, kept his notes secret for 21
years -- until he was persuaded by a
friend to make them public. They were
authenticated by historians and by
General Dayan's daughter Yael Dayan…

Shahak, Israel. "An Israeli Opponent of
the “Peace Camp” Replies to ‘Ali J
Matzpen, November 10, 1989. [“An
Israeli satirist said soon after the
formation of Peace Now that its main
object was to allow the Israeli tank crews
to mount their tanks more cheerfully
when the next war would break out. He
knew what he was talking about, and was
proved right at the beginning of the invasion
of Lebanon.”]

Shanes, Joshua. "Liberal Zionists, face
the facts: There's already only one state
from the river to the sea
,” Haaretz, August
12, 2019. [Excerpt: "Israel has chosen to
annex the West Bank. This could theoretically
be undone, of course, though a single
democratic state would also be open to
division and reorganization. In any event,
this single state is today and for the
foreseeable future the reality. Liberal
Zionism must accept this and fight for
the immediate extension of equal rights
to all non-Jews living under Israeli law,
civil or military, including refugees, or
the liberal Zionist position is merely
another defense of the status quo with
the rhetorical comfort that “someday”
things will improve.”]

Silverstein, Richard. "J Street Blackwashes Israeli
Apartheid, Supports West Bank Investment
Tikun Olam, March 30, 2017.

Silverstein, Richard. "J Street has taken the
wrong road
,” Middle East Eye, November 6, 2019.

Solomon, Abba and Norman Solomon. "The Blind
Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism
Huffington Post, March 24, 2014.

Solomon, Daniel. "Beyond Liberal Zionism: How I
became a non-Zionist
,” +972, December 2, 2018.
[Excerpt: "Liberal Zionism is an anachronism.
But non-Zionism preserves its best elements:
the refusal to privilege ethnic concerns over
universal ones, a commitment to nuance, and
moral imagination in the face of occupation’s

Tal, Sivan. "Haaretz editor: ‘for the Palestinians
murder is a type of sport, perhaps a substitute
for erotica’,
Mondoweiss, September 10, 2019.
[Excerpt: " Haaretz newspaper and magazine –
where Ziffer is the editor of the Culture and
Literature supplement – is considered very
liberal and is mostly identified with the Israeli
political left. Another known and popular Israeli
media personality, Yaron London, as said on
his mainstream TV show: “Arabs are savages
… they don’t only hate Jews, they kill their
own first and foremost.” London is identified
with the political left as well.”]

Taylor, Matthew. "J Street asks: ‘What if Israel
Ceases to be a Democracy?’ (Pssst…it never was)
Mondoweiss, January 3, 2011.

Thier, Daphna. "The myth of liberal Zionism,”
SocialistWorker.org, June 13, 2011.

Thier, Hadas. "Palestine and liberal Zionism: Review by
Hadas Thier
,” International Socialist Review, Issue
85, 2012.

Warschawski, Michael. "Michael Warschawski
on Gaza: Blaming the `two sides'; International
intervention now!
” Links, December 30, 2008.
[Excerpt: "There is, however, a second category
of criminals who may escape the tribunals. They
do not dirty their hands with the blood of civilians,
but instead provide the intellectual and
pseudo-moral justifications for the murderers.
They are the propaganda unit of the killers’
government and army. Israeli writers Amos
Oz and A.B. Yehoshua are a typical example
of such miserable intellectuals. And not for
the first time! In every war they volunteer for
the Israeli war effort, without even having been
officially drafted. Their first function is to provide
the justifications for the Israeli offensive, then,
later on, they cry about their lost virginity while
accusing the other side of having forced us to
behave brutally.”]

Watzal, Ludwig. "The Myths of Liberal Zionism,” Palestine
Chronicle, February 7, 2010. [Review of Yitzhak Laor,
The Myths of Liberal Zionism (London: Verso, 2010)]

Weiss, Philip. "Liberal Zionists are ‘terrified’ (yet again)
by Israel’s rightward shift
,” Mondoweiss, January
23, 2020.

Weiss, Philip. "Liberal Zionists use arguments
— ‘There is no equality between us and the
Palestinians’ — that echo white nationalists
Mondoweiss, July 9, 2020. [Excerpt: "As I listen
to liberal Zionist arguments against annexation,
it is stunning how many of them are
ethno-nationalist, or even Jewish supremacist.
Jews and Palestinians aren’t equal. We Jews
need a strong majority. You’d think that the
liberal Zionist groups might be a little ashamed
of offering space to such arguments, but
no– they charge right in.”]

Weiss, Philip. "‘Jewish ethno-nationalism is a poison’
— Crabapple and Goldman clobber Zionism in
intellectual journals
,” Mondoweiss, November 20, 2018.

Weiss, Philip. "Reform Jews embrace Israeli
‘pluralism’ — sans Palestinians — to energize 

the young,” Mondoweiss, December 19, 2013.
[Excerpt: "So, cheering on Women of the Wall
is a way to feel progressive, even when you’re
supporting an ethnocracy…. I’m all for Women
of the Wall, but the failure to notice that our
Palestinian brothers and sisters are living
under apartheid or second class citizenship
is grotesque and, well, racist. Imagine the
Freedom Riders ridin those buses south
and not talking about black people! The
white citizens councils would have thrown
barbecues for them!”]

Weiss, Philip. "‘Segregation’ — liberal
Zionists wield ugly ideas to combat Beinart,"
Mondoweiss, August 10.,2020. [Excerpt: “…When
push comes to shove, liberal Zionists and
conservative Zionists make similar arguments.
They all talk about the need for “separation”
of Palestinians and Jews.”]

Weiss, Philip. "Trump’s embrace of apartheid
was brought to you by the organized Jewish
,” January 29, 2020. [Excerpt:
"Palestinians are living as second-class
citizens and worse under one government
that controls all of Israel and Palestine,
and their battle is for equal rights inside
that state. Whose side are you on? Only a
few American politicians even say this
aloud. The organized Jewish community
opposes that discourse, and helps pass
laws to marginalize it, because it means
the end of the official paradigm of a Jewish
democracy. Liberal Zionists are now in crisis
over that paradigm and doing all they can
to save it. Their crisis is the death of their
own dream. It is very selfish. They still
refuse to organize as equals with the
people directly affected by Israel’s policies,
Palestinians. They don’t ultimately care
about Palestinian human rights.”]

Weiss, Philip. "Two words that strike terror
into a liberal’s heart: ‘Jewish democracy
Mondoweiss, March 3, 2020. [Excerpt:
"Let’s be clear about what we see in Israel.
This is a “Jewish democracy,” the
advancement Israel’s supporters in the
U.S. are constantly crowing about. It is a
country where the worst fears of Arabs
are stoked by politicians, even as the
government ethnically cleanses
Palestinians. It is a country where any
Jewish politician who says he is going
to work with Palestinians is quickly

Zonszein, Mairav. "Israel's travel ban strikes Liberal
Zionism at its core
. Israel’s new anti-BDS law is
antagonizing some of the state’s most loyal
supporters, rewriting a decades-old relationship,”
+972, March 14, 2017. [Excerpt: With this law, Israel
is pushing them into a corner where they must
choose once and for all which side they are on: the
side of universal values and human rights, or the
side of Jewish nationalism, perennial military
occupation, and inequality.”]

Liberal Zionist Peter Beinart on equality [interviewed in
The Atlantic by Jeffry Goldberg, "former Israeli military
policeman in Ketziot (Ansar Three), an Israeli prison for
Palestinian detainees,” 5/18/2010]. 

Benny Gantz, “head of Israel’s main *opposition* alliance” …

Zionist Feminism

"This is an open letter from Palestinians in the United
States who are driven by the values of equality,
freedom, and justice for all and who root policy
demands for Palestinian freedom in these values.
J Street’s positions are not in line with these values
and do not represent the progressive, just and
hopeful vision of the future that we know is possible."

am I acting with urgency

IDF Hasbara


Ronnie Barkan: “From Occupation to Apartheid,”
BDS Blog, June 5, 2019. / Yesh Din, "The Occupation
of the West Bank and the Crime of Apartheid: Legal
,”  July 9, 2020. [Excerpt: "The conclusion
of this legal opinion is that the crime against
humanity of apartheid is being committed in the
West Bank. The perpetrators are Israelis, and the
victims are Palestinians.”]

Am I Prioritizing My Feelings

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Abdelmageed, Abdel. ‘Hummus! The Movie’
and the art of whitewashing an occupation
Mondoweiss, October 31, 2018. [Excerpt:
"My issue is not appropriation of hummus,
my issue is that the movie continues with
a narrative that is untrue and, unfortunately,
widely accepted in western societies. A
narrative that portrays Israel as a beacon
of democracy in the Middle East. Meanwhile
Israeli bulldozers are razing Palestinian
homes to make room for settlements and
Israeli forces, supported with a $3.9 Billion
annual aid from the US, are shooting peaceful
protesters for simply demanding freedom.
Such hasbara….is not limited to the world
of food. Israel lately has been riding the
coattails of interfaith activities and initiatives
to further promote its fictitious image of
tolerance and coexistence.”]

Abu Artema, Ahmed. "Peter Beinart and
the crisis of liberal Zionism
. Some liberal
Zionists are finally becoming aware of the
inherent contradiction in their views on
Israel and Palestine,” Al Jazeera, August
8, 2020. 

Abunimah, Ali. “Israel as a spurned
Facebook friend: the worst propaganda
video ever?
” Electronic Intifada, December
4, 2011. [Excerpt: "The propaganda video
released on YouTube depicts Israel sending
Facebook “friend requests” and “gifts” of
“milk and honey” to Egypt, Jordan and the
Palestinians and getting nothing but bombs
in return….The video was released by the
Hasbara Fellowships, a program of Aish
HaTorah International, an extremist Zionist
group that works to colonize eastern occupied
Jerusalem and likens Jews to an “endangered
species” of animal.”]

Abunimah, Ali. “Israel’s troll army rides to
Jake Tapper’s rescue
,” Electronic Intifada,
September 2, 2019. [Excerpt: "Act.IL is a
smartphone app created by Israel lobby groups
and Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs in order
to generate fake grassroots campaigns in
support of Israel.”]

Aderat, Ofer. "Why Are Countless Palestinian
Photos and Films Buried in Israeli Archives
Palestinian photos and films seized by Israeli
troops have been gathering dust in the army
and Defense Ministry archives until Dr. Rona
Sela, a curator and art historian, exposed them.
The material presents an alternative to the Zionist
history that denied the Palestinians’ existence
here, she says,” Ha’aretz, July 1, 2017.

Allan, Rani. “‘Why I, A Palestinian, Want
Young Jews to Boycott Birthright’
,” HuffPost,
September 29, 2017.

Alsaafin, Linah. Barefaced Hasbara: Tufts
“Friends of Israel” exploit name of Palestinian
writer to brownwash the Nakba
,” Electronic
Intifada, April 10, 2012.

Associated Press. Israel to pay students to
defend it online,” USA Today, August 14,
2013. [Excerpt: " Israel is looking to hire
university students to post pro-Israel
messages on social media networks —
without needing to identify themselves as
, officials said Wednesday.
The Israeli prime minister's office said…..
students' messages would parallel statements
by government officials….The Israeli daily
newspaper Haaretz identified the official
heading the project as Danny Seaman, a
public diplomacy official who has written
posts on his personal Facebook page which
Haaretz described as being incendiary
and anti-Muslim.

Barrows-Friedman, Nora. “Podcast Ep 7:
Behind Israel’s troll army
,” Electronic Intifada,
July 5, 2019. ["On episode 7, Nora
Barrows-Friedman and Asa Winstanley host
a discussion about Act.IL, an online influence
campaign funded by the Israeli government.
They are joined by Michael Bueckert, who’s
been behind some of the most vital research
on the group, publishing much of it to his
@AntiBDSApp Twitter account.”]

Beinart, Peter. "Debunking The Myth That
Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitic
,” The Forward,
February 27, 2019. [Excerpt: "Anti-Zionism
is not inherently anti-Semitic — and claiming
it is uses Jewish suffering to erase the
Palestinian experience.”]

Benzaquen, Itamar. "The Israeli government
is paying for anti-BDS journalism
. The Israeli
ministry tasked with fighting the BDS Movement
is spending millions of shekels to place
propaganda that looks like news in Israel’s
most prominent media outlets,” +972, December
20, 2017.

Bloch, Emily. “I Was Kicked Off Birthright
For Asking Questions About The Occupation
The Forward, December 24, 2018.

Brown, John. "Supreme Court rules against
exposing Israel’s role in Bosnian genocide
+972, December 5, 2016. ["Citing potential
damage to Israel’s foreign relations, the
Supreme Court rejects a petition calling to
reveal details of the government’s arms
exports to the Serbian army during the
Bosnian genocide.”] [Similarly, see Eitay
Mack, "How Israel helped prop up
Rwanda’s Hutu regime before the
,” +972, April 29, 2019. (“Israel
refuses to come clean about its links
with the murderous Hutu regime that
carried out the genocide in Rwanda 25
years ago. But Foreign Ministry
documents show that Israel was aware
of the massacres against the Tutsi
minority way back in the 1960s — and
turned a blind eye.”)]

Blumenthal, Max. “Israel Cranks Up the PR
: It’s deploying all its resources to
fight the growing world movement against
the occupation,” The Nation, October 16, 2013.

Also see: "'Sickening hypocrisy': Critics slam
Israeli army Twitter post
. Israeli army,
which celebrated soldiers helping cancer
patients, regularly denies Gazans right to
travel for treatment,” November 9, 2019.
[Al Jazeera]

Brownfeld, Allan C. Examining ‘Ten Myths
about Israel’, by Ilan Pappe
,” Mondoweiss,
January 24, 2018. [Ilan Pappe’s book is
available for purchase here. An online
excerpt ("No, Israel Is Not a Democracy”) can
be read here.

Bueckert, Michael. “Release the Trolls: Israel is
weaponizing social media in order to wage a
propaganda war against BDS," Jacobin, July 18, 2017.

Cobban, Helena. “Understanding Gaza and Hamas,”
Fact Sheet from Just World Educational, 2019.
["Fact-sheet by JWE President Helena Cobban,
a long-time columnist forThe Christian Science
Monitor who has studied and written about Gaza
and Hamas for more than 30 years.”] Downloadble

Cohen, Hillel. "Via Facebook, Israel Is
Trying to Change Palestinian Perception
of the Occupation
. Shin Bet officers, who
control the fate of the Palestinians in the
territories, are waging psychological warfare
on social media,” Haaretz, August 8, 2020.
["The overriding aim seems to be to
legitimize Israeli military rule and to
normalize the settlements in the
territories. The modus operandi is to
create an imaginary world on Facebook
in which there is no occupation, where
Palestinians and Israelis live in tranquility
and equality in the West Bank, and the
Shin Bet works on behalf of Jews and
Arabs alike. In this virtual reality,
resistance to Israel’s military government
is described as opposition to the peace
and progress that Israel has to offer,
and as harmful to those who take part
in those benefits.”]

Cook, Jonathan. “Five myths that sanction
Israel’s war crimes
,” Electronic Intifada, July
25, 2006.

Cook, Jonathan. “How Israel wages war
on Palestinian history
,” Mondoweiss, August
21, 2020. ["We can understand what is
happening to Palestinians right now – simply
by refusing to conspire in their silencing.
It is time to listen.”]

Cortellessa, Eric. "Anti-BDS group backed
by Adelson heads to 6 countries outside
: From the start of the new academic
year, Maccabee Task Force will expand
its footprint from American campuses
to ‘Europe and beyond,’” The Times of
Israel, October 7, 2019. ["He explained 
the model of MTF as providing the
financial resources to allow campus
pro-Israel groups to counter BDS in
whatever ways they deem most effective
for their particular campus. “
The deal
with our partners was, if these are things
you want to do, here’s the deal: you do
them, we pay for them, and you don’t
have to put our name or logo on it,”
he said. “You’re doing it. You own it.

Dadoo, Suraya. "The hijacking of
Nelson Mandela's legacy by the Zionist
lobby,” News24 [SA], July 18, 2020. [“The
Israel lobby’s manipulation of Mandela’s
story from a revolutionary struggle for
freedom to a sanitised tale of peacemaking
is not innocuous. It is a deliberate distortion
of Mandela’s legacy to serve the hasbara
(propaganda) project of the Israeli government
whose policies are centred on the belief that
Palestinians simply do not deserve the same
rights as Israelis. This is an injustice and
insult to the memory of Nelson Rolihlahla

Doherty, Benjamin. War sporno: How the Israeli
army uses sex and Instagram to sell its racism
and violence
,” Electronic Intifada, December 26, 2012.

Electronic Intifada. Interview: Challenging Camp
David mythology, four years on
,” November 10, 2004.

Erakat, Noura. “Five Israeli Talking Points on
; Israel claims that it is merely
exercising its right to self-defense and that Gaza
is no longer occupied. Here’s what you need to
know about these talking points and more.
Nation, July 25, 2014.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting [FAIR].
Action Alert: For NPR, Violence Against Palestinians
Is ‘Calm
,’ January 10, 2002. ["The unequal treatment
of Israeli and Palestinian deaths is a long-standing
pattern at NPR; a FAIR study of six months of the
network’s coverage (Extra!, 11-12/01) found that
81 percent of Israeli conflict-related deaths were
reported, but only 34 percent of Palestinian deaths.
Strikingly, NPR was even less likely to report the
deaths of Palestinian minors killed; only 20 percent
of these deaths were reported, as compared to 89
percent of Israeli minors’ deaths. While NPR was
more likely to cover Israeli civilian deaths than
those of Israeli security personnel (84 percent vs.
69 percent), the reverse was true with Palestinians
(20 percent vs. 72 percent).”]

Esensten, Andrew. "Israel Brings International
Food Bloggers for a Taste of the Holy Land
This summer, two groups of international food
bloggers visited Israel for the first time on separate
all-expense-paid trips, one of which was partially
funded by the Tourism Ministry, Haaretz, September
14, 2012. [Excerpt: “
On the last night of the tour,
the bloggers participated in a cooking workshop with
Yair Feinberg, an Israeli chef …. Feinberg demonstrated
how to make 
real" hummus using a state-of-the-art
food processor…. (Paco "Pakus" Becerro, who writes
for a leading food blog in Spain) added: "What you really
do is take things from different cultures and make
them yours, and make them better than they
were before.”]

"The Alpha Gun Angels, who bill themselves as
Israel’s premier gun-modeling and social
media–marketing agency, are a team of nine
active and veteran IDF combat soldiers turned
Instagram celebrities. On social media, the
Angels market their combat experience as
a sexy lifestyle brand, turning Israeli militarism
into a generic but alluring image to be sold to
gun companies, militaries, police forces, and
gun rights advocacy groups around the world
As opposition to Israel’s occupation echoes across
social media platforms, the Angels’ sexy selfies
frame Israeli militarism as something to be desired
rather than condemned. Alongside the tangible
mechanisms of control sold in Tel Aviv’s exposition
hall—sniper rifles and surveillance cameras,
cyberespionage software and AI augmented
drones—AGA exports Israel’s ability to deny
violence and normalize occupation by
aestheticizing warfare. Dressed up in high heels
and detachable angel wings, the eroticism of
Israeli obfuscation is now a transnational
commodity.” From Sophia Goodfriend, “Naked
,” Jewish Currents, December 5, 2019.

Etkes, Dror. Undoing the myth of Israel's flagship
. The settler movement likes to pretend
its flagship settlement bloc, Gush Etzion, was built
entirely on land purchased by Jews decades before
Israel’s founding. History says otherwise,” +972,
December 31, 2016.

Freeman, Jr, Ambassador Charles W. “Hasbara and the
Control of Narrative as an Element of Strategy
, Middle
East Policy Council, n.d.

Friedman, Lara. “Exploiting Jews from Arab Countries
Lara Friedman makes the point that the U.S. Congress
and Israel's Foreign Ministry should not exploit Jews
who moved to Israel from the Arab World by comparing
them to Palestinian refugees,” Daily Beast, August 2, 2012.
[Also see: Shenhav, Yehouda. 
Hitching a Ride on the
Magic Carpet
. Any analogy between Palestinian refugees
and Jewish immigrants from Arab lands is folly in
historical and political terms,” Haaretz, August 15, 2003.]

Gelman, Emmaia. “The Anti-Defamation League
Is Not What It Seems. Under the guise of fighting
hate speech, the ADL has a long history of wielding
its moral authority to attack Arabs, blacks, and
queers,” Boston Review, May 23, 2019. 

The Hasbara Buster. Blog, 2008-2013.

Gurvitz, Yossi. "The inevitable cruelty of
,” June 7, 2020. ["Because, after
all, if most Israelis understand that what
they see is truly what happened, they may
experience what Europeans did after 1945:
A horrified stumbling away from the mirror
unmercifully placed before them. And then
what would Nave Dromi do? Where would she
draw her feelings of national greatness, if she
would be forced to endure being equal
to non-Jews?”]

Hammond, Jeremy R. 10 Zionist Arguments
You’ve Encountered, But Didn’t Have Answers
,” Foreign Policy Journal, November
28, 2016.

Hart, Peter. “Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR
Takes Netanyahu’s Side
. By law, they're Israeli colonies,
but NPR's guest calls them ‘neighborhoods,’ Fairness
and Accuracy in Reporting [FAIR], October 10, 2014.

Helm, Sarah. "'We are living by the sword': The regrets
of an Israel founder's son
. In a wide-ranging interview,
Yaakov Sharett, the son of one of Israel's founding fathers,
says he regrets settling the Negev in the 1940s - and
the entire Zionist project,” Middle East Eye, January 13,
2020. ["To be honest, I am amazed how in 2019 the
world outside accepts Israeli propaganda. I really don’t
know why they do" - 92 year old Yaakov Sharett]

Hirsch, Yakov. “Hasbara Culture and the Curse of Bibi-ism;
How Prime Minister Netanyahu turns all political opinions
about his leadership into a referendum on nothing less
than the Manichean struggle between good and evil,”
Tablet, February 13, 2018 [Also see Yakov Hirsch’s
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel was brought to you by
Jeffrey Goldberg
,” in Mondoweiss, September 15, 2018.]

Hirsch, Yakov. “The power of hasbara culture,”
Mondoweiss, November 5, 2016. [Excerpt: “Hasbara
culture is a belief system about the world.”]

Horowitz, Adam. Israeli gov’t study declares
West Bank not occupied, Earth flat,” Mondoweiss,
September 9. 2012.

Jinjirrie. “The Desperate Racist Game of Hasbara Bingo,”
Kadaitcha, November 7, 2011.

Hasbara Bingo

Kakutani, Michiko. "Hannah Arendt Explains How
Propaganda Uses Lies to Erode All Truth & Morality:
Insights from The Origins of Totalitarianism
OpenCulture.com, January 24, 2017.

Kattenburg, David. "Palestine deleted. CBC
Radio host Duncan McCue issued an on-air
apology for using the word “Palestine” in an
interview on the Public Broadcaster’s flagship
current affairs show,” Mondoweiss, August
24, 2020.

Konrad, Edo. “Dismantling the occupation — brick by brick, 
book by book
+972 catches up with American Jewish authors
Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon in Susya, a tiny Palestinian
village in the southern West Bank, as they promote their newbook
about 50 years of occupation,” +972, July 2, 2017. [Excerpt:
"We have to remember that hasbara is not just about the way
Israel wants to portray itself to the outside world. It also has
an internal logic: They don’t want you to look at what
happens in Susya or in Hebron. Hasbara is a tumor and it
is the obligation of every Israeli to excise it from their body
and their mind.”]

Kumar, Deepa. “The more the dead, the better”: Israel’s
crumbling media war
; As the world watches in horror at
the massacre of Palestinians, Israel’s propaganda war
is being challenged,” Salon, July 23, 2014.

Levy, Gideon and Alex Levac, “What I've Seen
in 30 Years of Reporting on the Israeli
in the Israeli daily Haaretz, June 3,
2017. ["
To cover up its crimes, the occupation
has needed a propaganda-driven media that
betrays its honest mission, an education
system that has been recruited for its purposes,
a duplicitous security establishment, politicians
lacking a conscience and a civil society that
doesn’t have a clue. A new, occupation-adjusted
system of values had to be developed in which
the cult of security allows, justifies and whitewashes
everything, in which messianism becomes valued
by the secular population, too, a sense of 
victimization functions as a cover-up, and a
feeling of “Thou hast chosen us” doesn’t hurt,
either. It was also necessary to come up with a
language of newspeak, the language of the
occupier. According to this newspeak, for example,
arrest without trial is called “administrative
detention” and the military government is known
as the “Civil Administration.” In the occupier’s
language, every child with a pair of scissors is a
“terrorist,” every individual detained by the
security forces is a “murderer,” and every
desperate person who tries to provide for
his family at any price is “illegally present”
in Israel. Hence the creation of a language
and a way of life in which every Palestinian
is a suspicious object.”]

Lowstedt, Anthony and Husam Madhoun. “The Intifada,
Hasbara, and the Media
,” Palestine-Israel Journal, Vol10
No.2, 2003. [“(I)f they should persist with trying to show
the world some of the ugly truths about Israeli apartheid
- even if unintended - writers, reporters and camera
men are obstructed, intimidated, beaten, shot at, often
wounded and sometimes killed by Israeli armed forces,
with almost total impunity. Cameras, film, videotapes
and other kinds of records of human rights violations
are also confiscated and/or destroyed by the Israeli
powers that be. Articles and books are rejected due
to their contents by pro-Israeli editors and publishers.
Journalists are harassed, intimidated and/or fired.”]

Mandela, Nkosi Zwelivelile. "How Israel's lobbyists
occupied Mandela's legacy
. Attempts by Israel’s
advocates to portray my grandfather as a liberal
pacifist is a distortion of his legacy,” Al Jazeera,
July 18, 2020. [“South Africa's allies in the global
anti-apartheid movement also never asked us to
make peace with our oppressors before our
liberation was achieved. Asking South Africans
to engage in dialogue with the apartheid
government within the context of a brutal
police state characterised by relentless
dispossession, restrictions on freedom of
movement, violent crackdowns on protest,
and detention without trial, was asking us
to collaborate with our oppressors. The world
never asked - or expected - this of South
Africans, yet it is demanded of Palestinians
who live under the same - if not worse -

Marton, Ruchama. "How Israeli doctors enable the
Shin Bet’s torture industry
. From approving brutal
interrogation techniques to writing false medical
reports, doctors in Israel have taken an active role
in the torture of Palestinian prisoners
,” +972,
October 7, 2019.

Massey, Eli. “Snappy Responses to Israeli
,” Current Affairs, February 14, 2019.
[Excerpt:"There is an effective debating trick
called the Gish gallop, in which you bury your
opponent in an avalanche of arguments. The
point is to overwhelm them with sheer quantity
of claims—disregarding the veracity or strength
of the arguments advanced—so that they are
unable to respond to everything, and the
audience is left thinking that something in
that onslaught must be accurate. In last
week’s New York Times Sunday Review,
Bret Stephens runs through a litany of
Israeli talking points and propaganda.
None of them are particularly original,
convincing, or true.”]

Matar, Haggai. “Why HBO's 'Our Boys’ is
a victory for Israeli hasbara
. By calling to
boycott HBO’s ‘Our Boys,’ Prime Minister
Netanyahu misses the fact that the series
ends up erasing the occupation’s greatest
iniquities while supporting the dominant
Israeli narrative,” +972, September 2, 2019.

Mlyn, Noah Back. Why I Refuse To Go On Birthright
— And You Should, Too
,” The Forward, October 2, 2017.

Munayyer, Yousef. ‘Does Israel Have
A Right To Exist’ Is A Trick Question
The Forward, January 22, 2019. [Excerpt:
"The question should not be “Does Israel
have a right to exist” but rather, “Is the way
in which Israel exists right?” 
And for us
Palestinians at least, the answer is clearly no.”]

Nasser, Tamara. “Activists disrupt Israeli
ambassador in Chicago
,” Electronic Intifada,
 June 6, 2018.

Nasser, Tamara. “Teens forced to take
Israel propaganda course before overseas
,” Electronic Intifada, July 19, 2019.

Nathan-Kazis, Josh. “Canary Mission’s Threat
Grows, From U.S. Campuses To The Israeli
,” The Forward, August 3, 2018.

North, James. "‘NY Times’ uses old tricks to distort
Israel’s latest attacks on Gaza
,” Mondoweiss, July 15, 2018.

Norton, Ben. “They don’t value life”: How empire
dehumanizes its victims, from Indigenous genocide to
Vietnam to Palestine
,” BenNorton.com, July 6, 2017.

Ofir, Jonathan. "‘Ethnic cleansing’ becomes ‘No ethnic
cleansing’ in Israeli history by Benny Morris
,” Mondoweiss,
October 10, 2016. [Excerpt: “Something like a cage has
to be built for them. I know that sounds terrible. It is really
cruel. But there is no choice. There is a wild animal there
that has to be locked up in one way or another.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. “In Israel, I’m washed in the brainwash,”
Mondoweiss, May 1, 2019. [Excerpt: "Haaretz journalist
Amira Hass made this comparison two years ago: The
onslaughts on Gaza have introduced to our world three
terms that have no right to exist: proportionate killing,
collateral damage and target bank. These terms have
become axiomatic beyond question or reflection. How
would these axioms work if we sketched out the target
bank in the opposite direction? Every home where
there’s an Israeli soldier or reservist would be a legitimate
target for bombing; the civilians harmed would be
collateral damage. Every bank in Israel would be a target
because Israeli ministers and generals have accounts
there. The neighbors of the police station on Tel Aviv’s
Dizengoff Street ought to move because Shin Bet
security service officers operate there regularly and
the missile might miss and hit a nearby school.
Military bases and Shin Bet centers in the heart of
civilian neighborhoods – at the Kirya in Tel Aviv,
in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Gilo and Neveh
Yaakov, or at the Binyamin Division headquarters
near the settlement of Beit El – condemn the
neighbors to a proportionate death.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. “Racism is at center of Israeli
settler-colonialist venture — Ronit Lentin
Mondoweiss, July 22, 2019. [Excerpt: "So this
is clearly an important discussion, one that
Israel apologists want to avoid – so as to maintain
that “veil” that Falk and Tilley refer to. The success
of the racialized system is dependent upon its
veiling through PR means, generally known
as Hasbara.”]

Ofir, Jonathan. “Roseanne Barr, queen of Israel,”
Mondoweiss, January 17, 2019.

Ofir, Jonathan. When an Israeli settler is killed,
everyone notices
,” Mondoweiss, September 21,
2018. [Mondoweiss’ summary: "Israeli Hasbarists
are exploiting the death of settler Ari Fuld for
propaganda value as they admonish people for
being insensitive, or even complicit, if they do
not mourn. At the same time, it is forbidden to
note that Palestinians are systematically being
dehumanized to death by the very ideology that
Ari Fuld was championing and is being openly
remembered for.”]

From The New York
Times, Feb 11, 2016
. [“Abir
Kopty, a Palestinian
activist and blogger,
wryly agreed with
Ms.Berko’s linguistic
analysis on Twitter:
'Indeed, we are
Balestinians, not
Abu Eid, an adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s
negotiations department in the West Bank, posted on Twitter,
sarcastically: 'That’s the sweetest argument I’ve heard from
a member of Netanyahu’s coalition in order to justify
apartheid.’…Some noted, existentially, that the Jews
themselves were potentially in trouble since there is no
J in Hebrew. 'If Palestine and Palestinians don’t exist 
because there is no letter P in arabic, then I guess Jews
don’t exist
because there’s no letter J in hebrew?’ Omar
Al Ghazzawi, said in a Twitter post.”] Also see Middle
East Eye, “Yair Netanyahu says Palestine does not exist
because there is no 'P' in Arabic
. Prime minister's son faces
ridicule online as dubious academic theory gets
torn to shreds on Twitter,” April 23, 2019.

Miko Peled re no P inArabic

Palumbo-Liu, David. Marc Lamont Hill and the
Israeli lobby on US campuses
Calls for Marc Lamont
Hill's 'dismissal' from Temple University shows Israel
is losing the battle at US universities, Al Jazeera,
December 10, 2018.

Parry, William. “De-colonising the mind - a former
Zionist fighter's journey
. Tikva Honig-Parnass
joined the Palmach militia as it ethnically cleansed
Palestinians and now works to expose the crime,”
Al Jazeera, May 8, 2018.

Patel, Yumna. “Archaeologists on Twitter tear
down Netanyahu’s claims that Palestinians have
‘no connection’ to homeland
,” Mondoweiss, July
10, 2019. [Excerpt: 
Ali Abunimah, journalist and
co-founder of the Electronic Intifada news website
called Netanyahu’s comments a “warning sign of
This racial eugenics should be seen as
laying the ground for justifying the expulsion of the
Palestinian people. It’s a warning sign of genocide.
But remember these are the #SharedValues of
@EUinIsrael. https://t.co/Oe6m54BDWg — Ali
Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) July 7, 2019”]

Peled, Miko. Go Forth and Lie” Israel Rolls
Out Mandatory Course for Students Travelling
Abroad. Israel new course to prepare high school
students traveling overseas to be good
“ambassadors” includes training on how to
combat BDS, claims of apartheid and more,”
MintPress News, July 9, 2019. [Excerpt: “While
Israel tries to portray a friendly face to the
outside world, internally it is promoting
racism and violence at levels that are more
alarming than ever before. A course to
prepare young high school students traveling
overseas to be good “ambassadors” stands in
contrast to racist policies and the advancement
of a military that is encouraged to exercise
unprecedented violence against civilians.”]

Pilger, John. “Why my film is under fire. The
pro-Israel lobby intimidates journalists to ensure
that most coverage remains biased in its favour,

The Guardian [UK], September 23, 2002.

Quigley, J. “The International Diplomacy of Israels
. (2016) Cambridge (England):
Cambridge University Press. ["'
Quigley shows
that throughout the history of Israel, its leaders
have given the international community false
assurances and falsified facts, and that many of
Israel's diplomatic achievements are the result
of this deception.' John Dugard, Former UN
Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory.]

Rose, Liz. “A teacher’s look at Birthright’s study
abroad course description
,” Mondoweiss, January 8, 2019.
[E]vasions and distortions in the Birthright
syllabus are dangerous because the “Arab” history
students are getting could sound legitimate to some
who don’t know much about the conflict....a closer
look reveals a sophisticated insidiousness that not only
exploits the very Palestinians who are ignored, but also
exploits the students who have come on the trip to
learn something. The Israeli multiculturalism syllabus
is manipulative; students are presented with a course
that claims to represent Israel’s diversity but ultimately
does nothing more than subtly perpetuate the erasure
of Palestinian life while lauding Israel.....[and] the ways
Israel ignores and fetshizes Palestinian culture isn’t
confined only to Birthright classes.”]

Sa'di, Yara. “Hasbara” courses at Israeli universities
exposed in new report
,” Electronic Intifada, July 15, 2013.

Said, Edward. “Propaganda and war,” Media Monitors
Network, August 31, 2001. ["Never have the media
been so influential in determining the course of war
as during the Al-Aqsa Intifada, which, as far as the
Western media are concerned, has essentially become
a battle over images and ideas. Israel has already poured
hundreds of millions of dollars into what in Hebrew is
called hasbara, or information for the outside world
(hence, propaganda). This has included an entire range
of efforts: lunches and free trips for influential
journalists; seminars for Jewish university students
who over a week in a secluded country estate can be
primed to “defend” Israel on the campus; bombarding
congressmen and -women with invitations and visits;
pamphlets and, most important, money for election
campaigns; directing (or, as the case requires, harassing)
photographers and writers of the current Intifada into
producing certain images and not others; lecture and
concert tours by prominent Israelis; training
commentators to make frequent references to the
Holocaust and Israel’s predicament today; many
advertisements in the newspapers attacking Arabs
and praising Israel; and on and on. Because so many
powerful people in the media and publishing business
are strong supporters of Israel, the task is made
vastly easier.”]

"Professor Noam Chomsky, delivering the 2013
Edward W Said Lecture: Violence and Dignity
-- Reflections on the Middle East at Friends
House in London on 18th March 2013. This
video shows the full lecture, with introductions
by Omar Al-Qattan and Mariam C Said.”

Samel, David. "Bari Weiss clumsily regurgitates old
hasbara talking points
,” Mondoweiss, February 23, 2019.

Samel, David. "The manufactured campus
antisemitism hysteria intensifies
,” Mondoweiss,
February 14, 2020. [Excerpt: "Campuses are
portrayed as hotbeds of antisemitism where
Jewish students are physically unsafe, targeted
solely because of their religion and heritage.
This is part of a broader effort to prompt school
administrators and government officials to
impose restrictions on Palestinian rights
advocacy by inventing a crisis requiring
intervention to protect Jewish students.
Analysis of several recent incidents shows
how factually-questionable or even provably-
false reports are widely proliferated by a
gullible media to manufacture a fictional
campus antisemitism crisis.”]

Samih, Hussein. "The beautiful game: a history of
whitewashing international crimes
,” Mondoweiss,
June 8, 2018.

Shalom, Stephen. "‘NYT’ perpetuates myth Israel was
‘fighting for its very survival’ during 1967 war
Mondoweiss, January 29, 2015.
 [Also see James North,
Israel provoked the Six-Day War in 1967, and it was
not fighting for survival
,” Mondoweiss, June 2, 2017; 
James North, "‘To live or to perish’ — Norman Finkelstein
on the
Six-Day-War and its mythology,” Mondoweiss,
 June 3, 2017.]

Sheizaf, Noam. "Hasbara: Why does the world fail to
understand us?
 A short discussion of the Israeli term
used to describe the ongoing, ever-growing, national
propaganda effort,” +972, November 13, 2011.

Silverstein, Richard. "IDF Exploits Gaza Child Cancer
Victims to Score Hasbara Points
,” Tikun Olam, April
29, 2016.

Silverstein, Richard. "Join IDF’s Virtual Hasbara
,” Tikun Olam, July 4, 2012.

Silverstein, Richard. "Mr. Hasbara’s Dog and Pony
Show Hits Seattle
,” Tikun Olam, September 24, 2016. 

Silverstein, Richard. "StandWithUs’ New Faux “Muslim
,” Tikun Olam, September 13, 2018.

Silverstein, Richard. "The Israel Project’s Secret
Hasbara Handbook Exposed,” Tikun Olam, July 10, 2009.

Silverstein, Richard. "The Weird, Wacky Wonderful
World of Israeli Hasbara
,” Tikun Olam. December 31, 2015.

Silverstein, Richard. "Wide-Ranging Social Media
Crackdown on Content Criticizing Israel
,” Tikun Olam,
October 12, 2018.

Solomon, Norman. "Media Spin Remains In Sync
With Israeli Occupation
,” Fairness and Accuracy in
Reporting [FAIR], October 12, 2000. ["As for the
rock-throwing Palestinians, I have never seen or
heard a single American news account describing
them as "pro-democracy demonstrators." Yet that
would be an appropriate way to refer to people who
— after more than three decades of living under
occupation — are in the streets to demand self-
determination. While Israeli soldiers and police,
with their vastly superior firepower, do most of
the killing, Israel’s public-relations engines keep
whirling like well-oiled tops. Early this month,
tilted by the usual spin, American news stories
highlighted the specious ultimatums issued by
Prime Minister Ehud Barak as he demanded that
Palestinians end the violence — while uniformed
Israelis under his authority continued to
kill them.”]

Sternfeld, Lior and Menashe Anzi, “Israel
Is Rewriting the History of Middle Eastern
Jews for Propaganda
After decades of being
virtually absent from historical discourse in
Israel, its communities of Jews from Middle
Eastern and North African lands are finally
getting their due, albeit in a partial and
revisionist way, Haaretz, December 2, 2019

Suarez, Tom. "Challenging smears by the ‘Jewish
Chronicle,’ Mondoweiss, April 22, 2019.

Surasky, Cecily. "Hasbara Handbook: How to pretend
to debate while smashing your opponent
,” MuzzleWatch,
March 19, 2009.

Weiss, Philip. “Hasbara is Dead,” Mondoweiss, July
10, 2018.

White, Ben. "Abba Eban’s comments on the idiocy
of hasbara just as true three decades later
Electronic Intifada, February 18, 2019. 

White, Ben. “Answering five common objections to Israeli
Apartheid Week
,” Medium.com, February 28, 2017.

Winstanley, Asa. "Israel lobby’s “commando force”
taken out
,” Electronic Intifada, August 15, 2019.
["One of America’s most influential pro-Israel lobby
groups has fired all its staff and closed down its offices.
The Israel Project, known as TIP, closed its Jerusalem
office last month, after reports of a funding crisis.”]

Winstanley, Asa. Israel’s covert terror campaign against
human rights groups says a lot about the regime
Middle East Monitor, July 23, 2017. ["Israel now has an
entire government department dedicated to combating
Palestine solidarity efforts, which are slandered as
“delegitimisation” of the state. This Ministry of Strategic
Affairs, it was revealed in the Israeli media last year, is
engaged in “black-ops” against Palestine solidarity
groups and human rights defenders. These include
stalking, harassment and death threats against civilians.”]

[Humor from The Hard Times]


Winstanley, Asa. “Meet the spies injecting Israeli
propaganda into your news feed
,” Electronic Intifada,
January 24, 2018. ["When Sima Vaknin-Gil took over
as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic
Affairs at the start of 2016, a crucial fact went largely
unnoticed. For years, she had been a high-ranking
officer with an Israeli spy agency. This means that for
the last two years a former intelligence officer has been
running Israel’s global war against BDS, the boycott,
divestment and sanctions movement. Her ministerial
boss is Gilad Erdan, a key ally of Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu. They were last month revealed
to have spent huge sums creating anti-BDS
propaganda targeting social media and news
media. It should be a big wake up call to all
defenders of free speech and human rights when
a peaceful civil society campaign is targeted by spy
agencies responsible for hacking, torture,
kidnapping and murder in Palestine and around
the world.”]

Zonszein, Mairav. “Israeli settlements are a regular
destination on Birthright trips
. For years, Birthright
has been taking participants into the occupied
territories, usually without their knowledge or consent.
‘At the end of the day, we Israelis always have been
less than truthful about where those lines and
boundaries are for tourists,’ one former tour
operator says,” +972, July 16, 2019.

Zonszein, Mairav. “Jewish, Israeli scholars back
African intellectual smeared for Israel criticism
Germany’s antisemitism czar sparked backlash
after trying to cancel an event with Achille
Mbembe for comparing Israel to apartheid
South Africa,” +972, May 10, 2020. [“A
group of prominent Israeli and Jewish
scholars, many of whom specialize in the
study of the Holocaust, antisemitism, and
Israel, have called on Germany’s interior
minister to fire Felix Klein, the federal
commissioner for Jewish life and the fight
against antisemitism, following what they
described as his “shameful attack” on
renowned African professor Achille Mbembe.”]

Watch the film the Israel lobby didn’t want you to see":

Episode 1: The Covert War

Episode 2: Managing Elites

Episode 3: The Witch Hunt

Episode 4: Marketing Occupation

What does "The Israel Lobby - US" documentary reveal about the lobby in America? - Ali Abunimah

On Contact: The Lobby - USA, Part 1: "Excellent, in-depth conversation with my
colleague @AliAbunimah and @MaxBlumenthal about the suppression of the
Al Jazeera investigative documentary Israel Lobby-USA, hosted by the inimitable
@ChrisLynnHedges -- MUST WATCH” — Nora Barrows-Friedman

On Contact: The Lobby - USA, Part 2: "Excellent, in-depth conversation with my
colleague @AliAbunimah and @MaxBlumenthal about the suppression of the
Al Jazeera investigative documentary Israel Lobby-USA, hosted by the inimitable
@ChrisLynnHedges -- MUST WATCH” — Nora Barrows-Friedman

Head of Israel lobby group exposed by undercover film resigns,” Asa
Winstanley, Electronic Intifada, July 3, 2019. One of The Israel Project’s
funders is convicted tax cheat Adam Milstein, the undercover
investigation revealed last year….You can watch a relevant excerpt
of the film here” ⇧⇧⇧

Full documentary: The Occupation of the American Mind;
Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States” [1:24; 2016]
"Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film
explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and
the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different
motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in
Israel's favor. From the U.S.-based public relations campaigns
that emerged in the 1980s to today, the film provides a sweeping
analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds,
and tax dollars of the American people in the face of widening
international condemnation of its increasingly right-wing
policies. Narrated by Roger Waters / Featuring Amira Hass,
M.J. Rosenberg, Stephen M. Walt, Noam Chomsky, Rula
Jebreal, Henry Siegman, Rashid Khalidi, Rami Khouri, Yousef
Munayyer, Norman Finkelstein, Max Blumenthal, Phyllis
Bennis, Norman Solomon, Mark Crispin Miller, Peter Hart,
and Sut Jhally.”/ “The Occupation of the American Mind is
one of the most brilliant and important documentaries I
have ever seen.” — Robert W. McChesney, Professor of
Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign/
“The Occupation of the American Mind is a must see for
anyone who is against colonization.” — Neve Gordon,
Professor of Politics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
Israel / “A stunning exposé on how propaganda drives
public opinion and, in turn, our understanding of reality.”
— Douglas Rushkoff, Professor, Media Theory, CUNY

Noura Erakat [in CBSN interview] responding to Israeli talking points
about Gaza and the US Embassy move [May 15, 2018]

Short video: Making Israel Sound Not So Bad” [2:20, 2013]

Between The Lines" - a documentary on Israel Education [hasbara in
American Jewish day schools] [28:23. 2015]

Jews are walking off their Birthright tours of Israel in favor of
learning firsthand about Palestine” [3:48, 2018]

Noura Erakat Destroys False Rhetoric On Palestine …"

Matt Lieb: Why Criticism Of Israel Isn't Antisemitism"

These young Palestinians have a message for their stars from Hindi movies.”
#LoveBollywoodHateApartheid [1:59, 2018]

"Solidarity: Five Largely Unknown Truths about Israel,
Palestine and the Occupied Territories" / A film by
Bill Peck featuring Noor Al-Naji, Marc H. Ellis,
Haithem El-Zabri, Tura Campanella Cook,
Ahmad Zamer, Mark McKim. See: "Unpacking the
lies and stating the case for Palestine solidarity
by Nora Barrows Friedman, Electronic Intifada,
February 6, 2020.

Alternate Focus interviews Nurit Peled-Elhanan, author of the
forthcoming book Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology
and Propaganda in Education.  Nurit Peled-Elhanan argues that
the textbooks used in the school system are laced with a
pro-Israel ideology, and that they play a part in priming
Israeli children for military service. She analyzes the
presentation of images, maps, layouts and use of language
in History, Geography and Civic Studies textbooks, and
reveals how the books might be seen to marginalize
Palestinians, legitimize Israeli military action and
reinforce Jewish-Israeli territorial identity.” [11/23/11]

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Shulamit Aloni [Israeli Minister without portfolio (1974), Minister
of Education and Culture (1992-1993), Minister of Science and
the Arts (1993-1996), Minister of Communications
(1993-1996); recipient (2000) of the Israel Prize, for her
lifetime achievements and special contribution to society
and the State of Israel
]: From Europe somebody is criticising Israel
then we bring up the Holocaust. When in this country people
are criticising Israel then they are anti-Semitic …. [I]t is very
easy to blame people who criticize certain acts of the Israeli
government as anti-Semitic, and to bring up the Holocaust
and the suffering of the Jewish people, and that justifies
everything we do to the Palestinians.” [2002]

Noam Chomsky - The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

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