The Real War Against Israel


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


2 thoughts on “The Real War Against Israel

  1. This is an article from the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) Post-Gazette about one of my former law school professors. I have been reading articles, both pro and con on the Israel-Gaza war/conflict/problem. I still don’t know how I feel about any of it. But there are Jews on both sides of the issue. For those of us for whom Human Rights is the fundamental question, how do we resolve for ourselves the incredible human toll of the past three weeks?

    “Pitt law prof travels to Mideast in quest for peace
    Sunday, January 18, 2009
    By Mark Belko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    A University of Pittsburgh law professor and critic of Israeli policy departed yesterday for the Middle East, the sole American in an eight-person international delegation that aims to exert pressure on both sides to end the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

    But even as Jules Lobel, professor of international and constitutional law in Pitt’s School of Law, was heading for the Middle East, the Israeli government yesterday declared a unilateral cease-fire in its three-week old offensive in Gaza. It was unclear last night that Hamas would respect the cease-fire or that an end to the fighting was really at hand.

    Hamas leaders indicated that they would continue fighting until the last Israeli soldier had left Gaza. For their part, Israeli officials said they would resume the offensive if Hamas does not stop firing rockets into Israel.

    Mr. Lobel is part of a mission put together by the International Federation for Human Rights, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, and the International Commission of Jurists.

    Along with Mr. Lobel, delegates from France, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Ireland will spend today through Tuesday in Israel and other parts of the Middle East meeting with officials on both sides of the Gaza conflict.

    The mission is not officially sanctioned by any government or the United Nations, and Mr. Lobel is not under any illusion that the delegates will be able to broker a settlement between Israel and Hamas leaders.

    “At the root of it, this is not going to bring peace to the Middle East. We hope to play some role in focusing attention on this problem,” he said during a layover yesterday before boarding a plane for Israel.

    What the delegation wants the combatants to know is that there are prominent professors and international human rights activists who “are watching this situation and who are very concerned about what happens. This is not a situation where Israel can do whatever it wants without being concerned about world opinion.”

    Debate has raged since Israel began bombing the Gaza Strip Dec. 27 over whether its action and a subsequent land invasion are commensurate with the Hamas rocket strikes into Israel that triggered the conflict.

    Mr. Lobel is one who believes the Israel has gone too far.

    Israel, he said, “seems to be unconcerned about human casualties or less concerned than they should be. I think to the extent the outside world says this is unacceptable, maybe the Israelis will feel more cautious in what they do and how they treat occupied territories.”

    Mr. Lobel’s father was born in Israel and his family roots in Jerusalem date back to the 18th century. Given that, Mr. Lobel said he feels a “personal responsibility” to speak out in the situation.

    “I also feel discomfort with the fact that Jews and Israelis are taking actions that I feel are inappropriate, unlawful and are killing so many people. I find it very sad. I think my main feeling is we have a responsibility to speak out and not to remain silent.”

    At the same time, he said he will go into the mission with an open mind and “if confronted with strong evidence that contradicts my views, I certainly would consider that.”

    Mr. Lobel is also vice president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a national civil and human rights organization, and has brought many lawsuits against the federal government over social justice and constitutional issues.

    He also was part of a delegation that visited the West Bank two decades ago as part of an educational mission.

    Meanwhile, in Oakland yesterday, two groups on opposite sides of the Gaza conflict protested.

    The Coalition for Peace & Justice in the Middle East held a rally to decry the more than 1,100 Palestinians killed since Dec. 27. A separate group rallied to show support for and solidarity with Israel and to protest the Hamas rocket strikes.

    Since Dec. 27, 10 Israeli soldiers have died. Three Israeli civilians have been killed by the strikes into Israel.

    Mark Belko can be reached at or 412-263-1262.
    First published on January 18, 2009 at 12:00 am

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