The inevitable cruelty of Hasbara

 

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American and Israeli Flags on a Mast. (photo: James Emery / Wikipedia Commons)
A hasbarist argues there’s nothing wrong in the killing of Eyad al-Halaq.

By Yossi Gurvitz  |  Mondoweiss |  June 7, 2020

The comparison between the policeman nonchalantly stepping on a citizen’s neck for nine minutes and one hounding an autistic person into a garbage room is automatic and immediate.

Israeli militants murdered Eyad al-Halaq last Saturday in Jerusalem, and for many Israelis this particular murder– of an autistic person begging for his life in an outdoor garbage room where he vainly sought refuge, with his mentor screaming at the militants that he is an invalid, with him crying “I’m with her”– penetrated all their defensive layers. Defensive layers lovingly built by the hasbara apparatus for years, convincing people what they see is not actually what it seems, that what looks like murder is in fact a necessary military action.

Unfortunately for the apparatus, al-Halaq’s murder took place on the background of a series of murders of people of color by the American police forces. These murders, and the riots and demonstrations that followed them, now hold the world’s attention. The comparison between the policeman nonchalantly stepping on a citizen’s neck for nine minutes and one hounding an autistic person into a garbage room is automatic and immediate.

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