By Eli Ajzenman
They say that the first casualty of war is truth. But as is so many wars ,the truth always depends on which side of the battle field you happen to be standing.
But today with the ease of access to media and communication another war is being fought, that is for the opinion of the masses. The multitudes that perhaps don’t understand the nature of the conflict. But how is that information war being fought, what is being presented or should I say “thrown” at us and by us.
Many of you, like my self , will have been flooded with what I call Israeli spam. Yes spam, that constant flow of links and articles promoting polls, look at what we /they have done videos, from both sides of the conflict, has filled my in box daily for 3 weeks. Every day on my Face book page I have requests to join this group and that group.
Most of what is sent are old articles, recycled videos from You Tube that have been around for ages. So where has everyone been ..asleep!! But what is more worrisome is that all of these so called news stories are sent to the already converted. Is anyone of us going t0 be any more incensed by or more Zionistic after reading or seeing these media mashings. I suspect not.
But for many pushing the “forward to” and “send to” all and sundry button, somehow alleviates the need to show support. I have done my bit for the war effort so to speak. Most do it with good faith and intent, but I ask what is the value?
The real media war is however not how many people voted in this poll or that . Those polls are started by media institutions who see any easy way to gain hits on their websites and justify their advertising rates.
The real media war, the fight for the hearts and minds of the naive populous and those with influence with their peers outside the Jewish community starts with maintaining a vigilance on media and their articles such as this recent one in a so called respected national daily “The Age” in Melbourne.
Read this article here. But before you do let me give you some snippets from it.
The article is written by Michael Backman.
You can read about Mr. Backman’s background here.
He is, as quoted by Rowan Callick, of Australian Financial Review
“A brilliant writer on regional (Asian) business strategies.”
Yet somehow in the middle of the financial section of ” The Age” on Saturday Mr Backman has achieved a level of self deception that affords him a qualification as an informed commentator on the nature of Mideast politics, not a mention by the way of anything financial except as to the great expense Israel has caused “us”
Israel’s utter inability to transform the Palestinians from enemies into friends has imposed big costs on us all.
We have paid for Israel’s failure with bombs on London public transport, bombs in bars in Bali, and even the loss of the World Trade Centre towers in New York.
Pictures of distraught Gazan mothers beside the mutilated bodies of their children are circulating right now among Muslim communities worldwide. It is pictures like these that make them want to do something.
The enmity many Muslims now feel for Israel has nothing to do with religion
I wont spoil your reading of this article, however it does not get any better.
Now this is where the hundreds if not thousands of Jews and Israel supporters should be directing their efforts. This article will have been read by middle management people ,in the financial sector, for the most part .
They are influential around the boardrooms, lunchrooms and water coolers of middle class Australians, whose knowledge of the history and background of this conflict , whose opinions about Jews, and make no mistake this article is about Jews not Israel ,is determined by opinions and misrepresentations such as those in Mr Backman’s piece.
Read the last paragraph and see the comparison he draws between The Parsees of India and the insinuations of how he sees “Jews” as “flashy and arrogant” and as “not having interest in the welfare of others”.
Sixty years after the holocaust and here were are in Australia reading the same anti-Semitic diatribe that we as Jews have faced for 2000 years.
The battle and the challenge is before us. Forget all the You Tube vids etc that you are sending fellow Jews and supporters. We should be writing, phoning The Age, Members of Parliament, the ADL, letting them know of our sheer disgust at what has been written.
We should be flooding them with letters, emails. Let others know, get anyone and everyone to push that “send button” with a verbal bombing and condemnation attached.This is the real battleground.
Contact Mr Backman here on his website and let him know how thoroughly disgusted you are by his poison pen.
If as many people do this as have sent all the Israeli Junk mail till now then we can surely say we have fought for Justice,Israel, the Jewish people.
But most of all for our children to grow up in a world where being Jewish is not something that has to be defended every day.
Here is a copy of the comment I left on Mr Backman’s website
Mr Blackman , I find your recent article on the question of the Palestinians and Israel not only full of age old anti Semitic diatribe, but full of gross generalizations and over simplifications, without any reference to the actual historical context of the conflict. To intimate that the tragedies of 9/11 ,Bali and London can be squarely placed in the lap of Israel, only reinforces the incredible naivety and bias of your article. It does nothing to enhance your creditability as an independent journalist, and only identifies your underlying racist attitude. That your prime source of income is derived by your associations with influential people in predominately Muslim countries no doubt paints you more as an opportunist rather than a credible journalist