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Not How You Do Hasbarah

I think the apartheid analogy is badly flawed.
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This photo of IDF soldiers assisting a stuck ambulance has gone around the world a few times and I think it’s swell. Kol hakovod l’tzahal.  Some, however, have explicitly tried to use the photo to challenge the notion that Israel is an apartheid state. What they don’t seem to realize is that the mere existence of a separate ambulance corp for Palestinians tells people who are predisposed to accept the truth of the apartheid analogy that segregation is alive and well in Israel. So not the best PR/hasbarah strategy guys.

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I think the apartheid analogy is badly flawed.
I think the apartheid analogy is badly flawed.
I know all the reasons why the Palestinians have their own ambulance service and I know that it has very little to do with an official Israeli refusal to treat Palestinians.
I know that there is very little de facto segregation in Israel proper, and that Arab citizens of Israels are not mistreated in the way that South African blacks were.
I think the apartheid analogy is badly flawed.

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One Response to “Not How You Do Hasbarah”

  1. Did it ever occur to you that suicide bombers might use Magen David as a way of smuggling in explosives and detonating them at a hospital? Or that Palestinians might not want to be treated by Israelis? Please, life is much more complicated than you make it sound, and you know it.

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