Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
The Art of Israeli Deception
By Paul Balles
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 2, 2013
Quite often I start to write an article about the travesty of
injustices heaped on the Palestinians by Israel.
Almost as often, I
stop at a point where I mumble to myself that I've said it all before, and
others have said it better.
A number of years ago when I started to
write about the injustices suffered by the Palestinians, I was reacting to
events as they happened.
Every time a settlement thug destroyed
Palestinian olive trees or an Israeli judge refused to grant restraining
rights to Palestinians, my upset with another unpunished Israeli crime would
Online websites would publish what a few of my friends
and enemies labelled vitriolic. That didn't upset me. On the contrary,
I felt that my criticism of inexcusable Israeli behaviour might just wake a
reader or two up.
I carried on reading and writing about the unjust
treatment of the Palestinians by the Israelis.
What struck a deeper
spot in this ongoing affair was the continued unabated support of Israel
provided by America. According to the American government--the
administration, the congress and the courts--Israel could do no wrong.
The same was true of corporate America. From the big banks, like
Goldman-Sachs, to the military industrial complex supplying armaments to
Israel, even when local firemen had their pay cut by 10% in order assure the
billions of dollars going to support Israel's misdeeds.
if not every day, news would come over the internet of another atrocity
committed by Israel. Few of these misdeeds got reported in the Western
The world outside of the West--most of Europe, the United
Kingdom and the US--got the news from local papers and TV stations. The
Western media wouldn't touch the real news.
That left the American
public mostly unaware of what was going on in occupied Palestine. The few
westerners, who dug for the news on the internet or in foreign local papers,
discovered that trying to educate other Westerners with the truth had people
in the West believing you were crazy.
After all, to report on events
that had never seen the light of day on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC or ABC, never
appeared in the print of the New York Times or The Washington Post would
have even the educated shutting down their receptors.
After awhile I
got used to being considered a nut case by those who had been successfully
propagandized by the Western media.
I reacted not only to the events
but to the propaganda and lies about them. When Israel killed much of
the crew of the Liberty, I thought surely the truth will come out one day.
It still hasn't managed to get far beyond the internet.
Israel's Mossad assured that US marines wouldn't know they were about to be
blown to bits, I thought that Victor Ostrovsky’s By Way of Deception would
waken Americans. It didn't.
The Turkish flotilla of 2010 would
certainly arouse enough interest in and attention to the belief that no
reasonable country would murder unarmed crew members trying to deliver
needed aid to Gaza civilians. Israel satisfied its killing urges while the
flotilla was still in international water.
When “terrorists” in Gaza
decided to lob a few primitive missiles into land stolen from Palestinians
in Southern Israel, the Israeli war mongers decided to throw everything they
could, including white phosphorous bombs at everyone in Gaza--the aged,
women and children.
Not only have they mastered the successful
organized propaganda mill, Israelis have mastered the stolen Arabic carpet
under which they sweep all intimidating truths.