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 –
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.