3 June, 2010 — Israeli Occupation Archive – MRZine
I am grateful to MRZine for inviting me to comment on ‘Israel in the current conjuncture, in the wake of the attack on the Freedom Flotilla and international reaction to it’. But in truth I have very little to add to the excellent comments and analyses that have been presented in various left-wing publications, both in print and online.
Perhaps I can just make an observation regarding the significance of Israel’s brazen attempt to depict its latest aggression against a humanitarian mission as ‘self-defence’, and the murder of peace activists by its commandos as a legitimate response to the ‘lynching’ of these heavily armed innocents who were set upon by a ‘mob of terrorists’.
This astounding piece of hutzpah is actually quite instructive, inasmuch as it typifies and constitutes a reductio ad absurdum of the age-old method of hasbarah, the propaganda machine of the Zionist project and its Israeli settler state.
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