David Harris, as Executive Director of the AJC (American Jewish Committee), has been the organization’s leading spokesman.  In short, he has been their chief propagandist in America for Israel.

By Paul Balles –  My Catbird Seat –

David Harris - Chief 'AJC' Propagadist!

A few days ago, Robert Elman, President of the American-Jewish Committee (AJC), published a letter praising David Harris, executive director of the AJC.

The AJC (American-Jewish Committee),  boasts that it has worked since 1906 to safeguard Jewish life and to protect the dignity of all people.

In that motto alone, the thinking reader must see a dichotomy, a contradiction that casts doubt on what the organization represents.

If the AJC (American-Jewish Committee) has worked to “safeguard Jewish life”, it cannot honestly claim to protect the dignity of all people in the same breath, under which lays its treatment of Palestinians.

David Harris, as Executive Director of the AJC, has been the organization’s leading spokesman.  In short, he has been their chief propagandist in America for Israel.

A closer look at Elman’s letter reveals how Harris and the AJC have used their propaganda machine to brainwash America.

In praising Harris for his 20 years of service as AJC Executive Director, Elman says:

“No single professional has epitomized AJC’s values, vision, activism, humanitarianism and achievement more than David Harris. David has been hailed as one of the Jewish people’s foremost advocates and most distinguished and eloquent spokesmen.”

Elman adds, “Looking to the future, David will continue to advocate for the issues most important to the Jewish people…”

Here are the mythical issues Elman attributes to Harris. Each has an element of propaganda in it:

Supporting a democratic Israel in its quest for peace and security.

Israel’s claims to be democratic are belied by its treatment of the Israeli Arabs as lesser members of an apartheid state.

Its so-called “quest for peace and security” has been proven to be nothing more than sound-bites for peace and military hardware for security.

Speaking out against Iran’s mission to build nuclear weapons.

This is an outright lie similar to the lie about Iraq having WMDs aimed at Israel. There’s not a shred of proof that Iran’s nuclear development involves weapons.

Building mutual respect between different religious and ethnic groups, leading to a more tolerant world.

Instead of working toward mutual respect, Israel has done everything possible to breed animosity.

Moving America towards energy independence — critical for both our national security and our environment.

In other words, cut American dependence on foreign oil, thereby diminishing positive relationships with Arab oil-producing countries.

Seeking a world in which all people are afforded human rights, human dignity and human freedom.

Before anyone can believe this Goebbels type rubbish, Israel will have to vastly upgrade its relationships with the Palestinians.

Three themes run through most Zionist propaganda:

  • 1.  Brainwash the public into believing that Arabs are devils and all Moslems are extremist bombers.

Professor Jack Shaheen’s in-depth studies of American films thoroughly establish how Arabs have been consistently vilified in that medium for a century.

  • 2.  Convince the public to believe it’s a hate crime to criticise Israel, while propagating guilt for the holocaust.

Criticism of Israel in America is a guaranteed route to castigation as anti-Semitic at best and unemployment, like Helen Thomas’s, at worst.

  • 3. Instil fear in Jews and their supporters that others are out to destroy Israel and Jews. “Israel is surrounded by enemies,” writes Steven Rosen. If true, why?

This theme ignores Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan.  More importantly, it overlooks the fact that Israel thrives on keeping Syria and Lebanon as antagonists and Iran as a threat.  The propaganda device maintains unrestrained American support.

AJC (American-Jewish Committee), propaganda does more harm than good.  Israel needs healthy criticism from Jews in America and around the world.

Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years.  He’s a weekly Op-Ed columnist for the Gulf Daily News.  Dr. Balles is also Editorial Consultant for Red House Marketing and a regular contributor to Bahrain This Month.

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  1. Dawoodi Morkas on the 25. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Jews have money, material and media to their side. Of course not to mention the Big Brother The United Stand of Asspokes(USA). Jews are acting like they own the universe. No, infect they do own the world, as out of the 500 Fortune Companies, 75% are controlled y the Jews interest and are of the most magnifying class as they are the supporters of the one or the other party or groups in the USA, who come to power. So Jews should be proud of their heritage, such as the propaganda of Holocaust, which never happened and the incidence of the nature of 9/11 in which the Jewish State seems to have given full consonance.

  2. Anonymous on the 26. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    I guess, one important goal of doing the 9/11 was to let US population direct feeling of constant fear of terrorism, and thus generate even more sympathy and solidarity with Israel that supposedly always lives in the same constant fear. This was brilliant move and it worked out 100%.

  3. Big Man on the 26. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Dr. Balles – you’ve got it right! I hear David Harris AJC comments aired as public editorials on NYC news radio stations. I found them divisive, distortive, selfserving, and brainwashing.

  4. Rehmat on the 26. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    AJC is one of over 50 Jewish organizations propagating Israeli propaganda in the US. However, at the top of the list are AIPAC and the anti-Bible Anti-Deamation League (ADL). Recently, ADL honored Murdoch for helping Israel in its propaganda. In response, Murdoch claimed that both “Jews and Israel” are under attack.


  5. mgeo on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Even Bob Dylan swallowed this swill – for a while.

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