As the Islamic State continues to behead, shoot, burn, and drown people in public, the world continues to focus its attention on Israel.
Once again, we are not talking here about the regular propagandists coming from what people believe is the work of a few organized around the so-called boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at isolating Israel in the same way South Africa was two decades ago over its apartheid government.
However, this tendency began to emerge four decades ago when the Arabs brought about a global Arab oil boycott. It was then that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the infamous resolution equating Zionism with racism. It was at that time that support for Israel began to decline as country after country began to fall under the threat of an Arab embargo.
Since then, the Arab world has been able to effectively lobby a large part of the Western world, save the U.S where anti-boycott legislation was passed.
The fact that Israel continues to be chastised with lies, defamation, vicious bias, and hypocrisy is nothing that should surprise us. The fact that extreme left and sometimes not-so-extreme left elements support these mendacities without bothering to check the facts is not shocking either.
However, the fact that Western countries and particularly European countries go half way to meet these lies is very worrisome and should raise the wrath of everyone who still has some decency.
The combination of economic boycott and propaganda scored some major successes. Palestinians are always the victims despite their vicious terrorism and blaming Israel for everything that goes wrong in the Middle East has become a conviction held by entities from which we expect otherwise.
In other words, the Palestinian/Arab propaganda, with all its deception, has created hegemony. It has penetrated the minds of a large number of people, and has turned it into an axiom for others.
Lately, two incidents have been registered that confirm this tendency.
In June, the CEO of the French telecommunications company Orange announced in Cairo that he was willing to withdraw the Orange brand from Israel and proceeded to negotiate a termination date that enabled the company to remove the use of Orange's services from Israel.
The French government, which owns and controls 25 percent of Orange, reacted to the episode through its ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, who defended the company, claiming France views Israel's settlements as a major obstacle to peace.
Interestingly, the Palestinian Authority has rejected every single Israeli proposal in the past and remains stubbornly immovable in its demand to flood Israel with millions of Palestinian refugees, knowing such exigency would not lead to peace.
Although Orange's CEO apologized and announced that the company will continue to operate in Israel, the company's initial announcement and the French government's initial endorsement is alarming.
Also, in June the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on the report on the last Gaza War, which was supported by the European countries. The report claims that Israel's political and military leaders (together with Hamas terrorists) should be investigated and prosecuted for "possible war crimes" in international tribunals, as well as in domestic courts worldwide.
The report pretends to be more evenhanded but it is not. What the Europeans thought was a compromise, is nothing less than a clear intention to bring Israel to the International Criminal Court. The resolution, which also stresses the need for an "end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967," was the result of compromise of an original harsher resolution drafted by the Palestinians.
The Europeans negotiated the compromise. Now, the resolution will move to a vote in the U.N. General Assembly that will recommend that the U.N. Security Council call for action against Israel by the International Criminal Court.
What the Europeans have done was to enable the Palestinians to continue to use their war of propaganda, which includes incitement in the Palestinian territories and outside of it. In May, the Palestinian ambassador in Chile posted in South America stated that the Jewish people "does not really exist" and that the Zionists have a plan to dominate the planet, while quoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a document used in czarist Russia to justify anti-Semitic pogroms.
The Europeans continue to be part of a largely dishonest process and have given the Palestinians compassion and credit they do not deserve.
This is the result of an accumulated war of propaganda that involves billions of dollar of funding, surrendering to Arab blackmailing and the perpetuation of a false image of Palestinian victimhood.
Luis Fleischman has worked as adviser for the Menges Hemispheric Security Project at the Center for Security Policy on issues related to Latin America, hemispheric security, democracy, and U.S policy in Latin America. He is the author of "Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era: The Threat to U.S. Security." Fleischman is an adjunct professor of sociology and political science at Florida Atlantic University Honors College and FAU Lifelong Learning Society. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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