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Exposing The Lie Of Israel Apartheid / Moscow's role

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  • The breakdown in Israel-Soviet relations was later compounded by Israel's defensive victories against the Arabs in 1967 and again in 1973. Over this period all hope of Israel becoming a Soviet client had steadily evaporated. Arab armies sponsored, trained and equipped by the USSR had been humiliated, and so had Moscow. Thus the Soviets progressively developed a policy of undermining Israel. Their primary objective was to use the country as a weapon in their Cold War struggle against the US and the West.
  • "We needed to instil a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter, the United States." — Yuri Andropov, Chairman of the Soviet KGB, later General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, as reported by General Ion Pacepa, former chief of Romania's intelligence services.
  • As well as mobilising the Arabs to the Soviet cause, Andropov and his KGB colleagues needed to appeal to the democratic world. To do so, the Kremlin decided to turn the conflict from one that sought simply to destroy Israel into a struggle for human rights and national liberation from an illegitimate American-sponsored imperialist occupier. They set about transforming the narrative of the conflict from religious jihad — in which Islamic doctrine demands that any land that has ever been under Muslim control must be regained for Islam — to secular nationalism and political self-determination, something far more palatable to Western democracies. This would provide cover for a vicious terrorist war, even garnering widespread support for it.
  • To achieve their goal, the Soviets had to create a Palestinian national identity that did not hitherto exist and a narrative that Jews had no rights to the land and were naked aggressors. According to Pacepa, the KGB created the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the early 1960s, as they had also orchestrated so-called national liberation armies in several other parts of the world. He says the 1964 Palestinian National Charter was drafted in Moscow. This document was fundamental to the invention and establishment of an artificial Palestinian nationhood.
  • The details of Moscow-sponsored terrorist operations in the Middle East and elsewhere are set out in 25,000 pages of KGB documents copied and then smuggled out of Russia in the early 1990s by senior KGB archivist Vasili Mitrokhin and now lodged in the UK, at Churchill College, Cambridge.
  • The initial charter did not claim the West Bank or the Gaza Strip for "Palestine". In fact, it explicitly repudiated any rights to these lands, falsely recognising them respectively as Jordanian and Egyptian sovereign territories. Instead, the PLO claim was to the rest of Israel. This was amended after the 1967 war when Israel ejected the illegal Jordanian and Egyptian occupiers, and the West Bank and Gaza for the first time were re-branded as Palestinian territory.
  • Moscow first took its campaign to brand Israeli Jews as the oppressors of their invented "Palestinian people" to the UN in 1965. Their attempts to categorise Zionism as racism failed at that attempt but succeeded nearly a decade later in the infamous UN General Assembly Resolution 3379.
  • Zuheir Mohsen, a senior PLO leader, admitted in 1977: "The Palestinian people do not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity... Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons."
  • The Mitrokhin documents show that both Yasser Arafat, and his successor as PLO chief, Mahmoud Abbas, now President of the Palestinian Authority, were KGB agents. Both were instrumental in the KGB's disinformation operations as well as its terrorist campaigns.
  • For his dealings with Washington, Ceaușescu told Arafat in 1978: "You simply have to keep on pretending that you'll break with terrorism and that you'll recognize Israel — over, and over, and over."
  • Ceaușescu's advice was reinforced by North Vietnamese communist General Vo Nguyen Giap, whom Arafat met several times: "Stop talking about annihilating Israel and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand".
  • Like his predecessor Arafat, Abbas's consistent rejection of every offer of peace with Israel, while concurrently talking the talk about peace and while sponsoring terrorism, shows the continuing influence of his Soviet masters.
  • Meanwhile the Palestinian movement created by Moscow, in the words of American historian David Meir-Levi, is "the only national movement for political self-determination in the entire world, and across all of world history, to have the destruction of a sovereign state and the genocide of a people as its only raison d'être."
  • Moscow's campaign was significantly undermined by the 2020 rapprochement between Israel and Arab states. The lesson here is the importance of American political will against authoritarian propaganda, which led to the game-changing Abraham Accords.
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The lie of "Israeli apartheid" was dreamt up in Moscow during the Cold War and driven home by a relentless Soviet propaganda campaign until it took hold in the UN and across the Middle East and the West. This included the repeated comparison of Israel with South Africa in the Soviet media and in books such as "Zionism and Apartheid", an official state publication of Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union.

The sometimes naive, sometimes malign students who will again be holding their poisonous "Israel apartheid week" at universities across the globe this year will be parroting the same Soviet propaganda as their predecessors have done for decades. They, and many other Israel-haters use the apartheid slogan regardless of the reality that under no rational measure can Israel be considered an apartheid state. They do so because its meaning is easily understood, it disgusts people and rallies them to the anti-Israel cause. That is why it was invented by Moscow.


 
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This study explores the tactics Moscow employs to reach its target audiences, focusing primarily on RT Arabic and Sputnik Arabic. Both outlets rely heavily on social media, demonstrating how the Kremlin has exploited the growing Arabic-speaking youth bulge to lay a foundation for long-term influence; developments in the Middle East media landscape have provided fertile ground. Furthermore, RT and Sputnik provide substantial coverage of major regional issues in Syria, Iran, Egypt, Israel, the Gulf, and the West, along with Russia’s internal politics. The study examines the coverage of each of these areas, and concludes with policy recommendations.

 
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1. One of the key figures behind your attacks on Israel – and indeed one of those leading the press conference on the report – used to have Facebook profile pictures of PFLP and Islamic Jihad terrorists. How can you possibly believe he is fit for purpose when it comes to reporting on Israel?

2. Your Deputy Director for the MENA region, which covers dozens of states, is a Palestinian who spends over 99% of his time only talking about Israel. Given the state of human rights in the Middle East and North Africa – how can this be justified?

3. We have seen Amnesty employees support terrorist attacks or give advice to terrorists. Looking through who you employ, there is a distinct pattern. Amnesty has chosen to employ several people who were visibly active anti-Israel careerists. They promoted full BDS, believed Israel is an Apartheid state, worked on campaigns to delegitmise Israel, often spread fake news and so on – long before they started working for Amnesty. All this must have been on their CVs. If you deliberately employ anti-Israel activists such as this – and send them out to write your reports on Israel – what do you expect the result to be?

4. A clear example. In 2017 Amnesty employed an anti-Israel activist named Alli Jarrar (McCracken). Jarrar came from Codepink, an extremist group that has even supported Iran’s weapons program. Before she arrived at Amnesty, Jarrar worked on a Code Pink campaign to boycott Airbnb. Shortly after her arrival – Amnesty engaged in a well-funded campaign to boycott Airbnb. How much of your activity is driven by the obsessions of those you employ?

5. Going back in time – we often see names of authors on Amnesty reports. The authors are anonmyous in your Apartheid report. Why – is there something you are trying to hide?

6. In your latest report you called Israel an Apartheid state. It obviously isn’t. Can you explain why Amnesty wasted enormous resources, changing every definition of all the words neccessary – in order to try to squeeze Israel into a box it clearly does not belong inside?

7. Israel’s situation, even if has lasted ’73’ years or ‘decades’ – depending on whether you read the original report or the published version you ‘backtracked’ inside – has been created because Israel is surrounded by brutal enemies that wish to destroy it. It is obvious as a liberal democracy Israel would far prefer open trade with its neighbours and so on. We also saw what happened when Israel left Gaza (Hamas took over) and Southern Lebanon (Hezbollah did the same). How does Amnesty suggest Israel defend itself from the genocidal aims of radical Islamic terror groups, without putting up walls and setting up checkpoints?

8. It takes just a few seconds to see how obsessive Amnesty is with Israel. Searching Amnesty’s own website returns far more critical mention of Israel than anywhere else. Why?

9. In falsely labelling Israel as an ‘Apartheid state’ Amnesty has exploited and demeaned the real suffering that black South Africans had to endure. Anti-apartheid campaigners have objected to unjustified exploitation of their history to attack Israel. How do you justify Amnesty exploiting real anti-black racism to further its own obsessive anti-Jewish bias?

10. Many Arabs inside Israel define themselves as Israeli. You have stolen their right to define themselves and insisted on placing your own labels on them. Do you appropriate other identities for your own political acrobatics – or is it just Arab Israelis that you do this to?

11. Amnesty do employ real flag wavers. People who are proud of their heritage – wave their nations’ flags – follow their sports teams – and celebrate their nations’ Independence day. There is nothing wrong with this – but it only applies to nations such as Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt or Iraq. Amnesty would never employ a flag waver of Israel or India. Do you think there is any connection at all – between Amnesty having flag wavers of Muslim majority nations in their HQ – and its obsession with Israel?

12. Following on from the last question. It isn’t that Amnesty never criticises Pakistan – it has boxes it has to tick. But there is no doubt that Pakistan is allowed to get away with a lot under Amnesty’s nose. As an example – over the last two years the Amnesty UK Twitter account has mentioned Israel dozens of times. It has mentioned Pakistan twice. One of these mentions was about Canada, not Pakistan and the other was about Coronavirus. The same account has not mentioned the persecution of Christians anywhere in over five years. How on earth can you explain this radio silence of Pakistan’s human rights abuses?

13. So many of the ‘facts’ listed inside the report have been exposed as false. Even the opening lines are a butchered half-quote where Amnesty employees deliberately ‘chopped off’ the remaining sentence because it did not say what they wanted it to. How do you justify all these lies?

14. Given the frequency and size of the reports on Israel, Amnesty international has probably spent more resources over the last decade investigating Israel – than any other nation on the planet. Given the state of the world – how can you justify this?

15 Amnesty’s report on Israel is full of double standards, demonisation and delegitimisation. By attacking Israel’s very nature since 1948, Amnesty clearly wants Israel ‘gone’. Is there any other nation on the planet Amnesty wants to see destroyed, or is it just the tiny Jewish one?

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Israelis, with a press that is not just free but truly rancorous, an independent judiciary and a diverse society that famously features three opinions for each of its 9.2 million citizens, have plenty of caustic debate about its dilemmas, of which it has no shortage, including the question of how to finally make peace with the Palestinians and how to have the Palestinians make peace with them. Any Israeli who wants to criticize its government can get a major league argument going between the time he orders a coffee in a cafe and the time it is brought to the table.

But the kind of glib, facile cries of "apartheid" by the likes of Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, which fundraise off their bitter anti-Israelism, has gotten to be a bit much.

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It is a mark of Amnesty's incredible shrinking credibility that the anti-Israel narrative it peddles, seeming to want to divert attention from the internal dissension that has recently come to light inside the organization, has less and less traction in the Middle East itself, where Amnesty appears to have "lost the room." In the last two years, a series of Arab nations have moved to normalize relations with Israel, among them the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco. More are close behind.

And it isn't only Israel's Arab neighbors who are telling Amnesty "No thanks." Last year, Israel's Arab party joined the most diverse government Israel has ever had, and is part of the coalition governing the country. "We have two hats," said the party's leader, Mansour Abbas. "On the one side we are Arab Palestinians. But we are also Arab citizens of Israel."

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The spokesperson added: “As a friend of Israel, we have a regular dialogue on human rights. This includes encouraging the government of Israel to abide by its obligations under international law and do all it can to uphold the values of equality for all.”

Amnesty International is headquartered in London.

Amnesty alleged in a major report released Tuesday that Israel has maintained “a system of oppression and domination” over the Palestinians going all the way back to the establishment of the state in 1948, a system the group said meets the international definition of apartheid.

The UK joins Israel, the US and Germany, in addition to a range of Jewish organizations around the world, in rejecting the 278-page report.

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(Oh, look, the Palestinians are begging their creators to help them with the Apartheid accusations against Israel. Stay tuned !!! )

 
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Part of the hearing canvassed Lipstadt’s view of the recent Amnesty International report that accused Israel of practicing the same form of racial segregation that prevailed in South Africa for most of the 20th century.

“Branding Israel an apartheid state is more than historically inaccurate,” she said. “I believe it’s part of a larger effort to delegitimize the Jewish state. Such language, I see it spilling over onto campuses where it poisons the atmosphere, particularly for Jewish students.”

Lipstadt — a professor of Jewish studies at Emory University in Atlanta who famously defeated the British Holocaust denier David Irving in a 2000 libel case at the High Court of Justice in the UK — emphasized that criticism of Israeli government policies should not be classified as antisemitic.

“Criticism of Israeli policy is not antisemitism,” she said. “If you want to hear criticism of Israeli policies, I suggest you sit yourself down in a cafe in Tel Aviv or in Jerusalem, whatever part of the country, depending who is in the government. It’s the national sport in Israel, second only maybe to soccer or maybe more than that.”

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Like its predecessors and throughout Amnesty’s screed, they make it abundantly clear that their apartheid accusation has nothing to do with contested borders, settlements or policies. Instead, their recommendations provide an ultimate wish list of sanctions and boycotts against Israel, in addition to the harassment and arrest of Israeli officials. The ultimate goal, however, is the elimination of Israel’s legitimacy as the nation-state of the Jewish people. This objective is reflected in support for a so-called Palestinian “right of return,” as well as the revocation of any laws or practices that protect Israel as a safe haven against Jewish persecution or preserve Jewish identity and national expression.

Amnesty also demonizes efforts by Israel to end the conflict by ascribing nefarious intent to every move towards peace, while at the same time erasing more than 90 years of Arab and Palestinian rejectionism. In particular, the group claims that the Oslo Accords are an integral part of a supposed apartheid regime, despite their being mutually agreed to by the PLO and witnessed by the international community. Nevertheless, such moves towards the creation of a Palestinian state are falsely described by Amnesty as anathema to international law.

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These groups—through their personal connections and singular influence at the U.N. Human Rights Council, and the acquiescence of Europe—instead will simply get U.N. Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk and the Navi Pillay-headed Commission of Inquiry to uncritically adopt their claims and mark them with the U.N. stamp of approval in the next few months. Unsurprisingly and in keeping with his history of anti-Israel activism (as well as in violation of U.N. rules), although he is ostensibly currently conducting an independent and objective investigation of apartheid, Lynk promoted the group’s report on Twitter. There is no doubt that the COI will act in a similar fashion.

The most tangible impact of this report, however, will likely be its use to bolster harassment of young Jews on college campuses, boycott initiatives and even encourage overt violence of the type we have seen running amok in Europe and North America. As in the past 20 years, Amnesty will be nowhere to be found when the predictable consequences of its calumny result in real-world human-rights abuses.

All people of moral conscience and integrity must denounce Amnesty and others who continue to abet this pernicious and dangerous libel.

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I'm fairly certain I can find at least one lie on every page of Amnesty's report accusing Israel of apartheid.

Today I chose to look at page 111:
Palestinians in East Jerusalem are neither able to participate in political life in Israel nor in the West Bank.
OK, let's see the proof:
Although they can vote and run in municipal elections in Jerusalem, they have traditionally boycotted them in protest at Israel’s ongoing occupation and illegal annexation annexation of East Jerusalem [468],and they remain excluded from national elections.
So they can vote in municipal elections - and boycott them instead. And this is Israel's fault, exactly, how?
Empty polling location in Arab neighborhood
Most of them are excluded from national elections - the ones who don't become citizens.It wouldn't make sense for non-citizens to vote in national elections! And most of them refuse to become Israeli citizens. So, again, their own decisions are what stops them from full participation in Israeli political life - and Amnesty blames Israel.

Now, let's look at that footnote 468 referred to in the quote above, from 2018 article in Foreign Policy. It says something that Amnesty doesn't want you to know:

In July, Aziz Abu Sarah, 38, a Jerusalem entrepreneur who co-owns MEJDI, a tour group providing “dual narrative” (Palestinian and Israeli) tours of Israel and the West Bank region, was the first to present his candidacy for mayor. He ran as head of the Our Jerusalem party he founded.
But after a few months, Abu Sarah dropped out of the race. ...He was frightened by threats of violence against himself and his family—and it was coming from other Palestinians.
“At a press conference, I was pelted with eggs. On the street, thugs were harassing my family. My character was assassinated on social media, and the mainstream Palestinian press refused to even mention my name, let alone defend me,” he recounts. “I was called a traitor and a collaborator. I had to drop out.”

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