Latest update: February 19th, 2014
The Boycott Israel movement has unwittingly given the pro-Israel crowd 14 great ideas how to expose the Big Lie of BDS as it gears up for its 10th annual international Israeli Apartheid Week that is scheduled in the United States and Britain next week and in South Africa, the Palestinian Authority, Europe and Brazil in March.
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement is a well-greased machine with a well-financed and professional propaganda network.
The State of Israel and dozens of Jewish synagogues and organizations around the world have protested BDS to tear part its anti-Israel arguments and lies and even have countered it with “buy-cott” drives to encourage people to buy Israeli-made products.
However, the pro-Israel crowd has not been able and perhaps has not even tried to unify its efforts.
The haters of Israel have come up with 14 suggestions for Israel-haters to adopt for Israeli Apartheid Week, and the same ideas could be used against BDS.
It is a tough fight because the BDS movement has the support, sometimes unannounced and sometime unannounced, of dozens of countries, especially those in Europe. The image of a lone person upholding Tel Aviv Palestinian flag against an Israel tank is a perfect picture to get across the lie that Israel is at war with the Palestinian Authority population.
The pro-Israel folks need more than good intentions. They need professionals to come up with a slick poster and video to expose the Big Lie.
Meanwhile, here are 14 ways people can get involved in exposing BDS. All of the ideas are taken from the Boycott Israel’s “13 Ways [they can't count very well] You Can Get Involved in Israeli Apartheid Week” campaign.
- Screen A Palestine Pro-Israel Movie Or Documentary Film:
Make full-feature movies and documentary films available and free of charge for screening at universities, schools, community centers and workplaces.
- Screen Israel Frontline in Solidarity With Judea and Samaria
This documentary is by American nationally syndicated radio talk show host and syndicated columnist and author Dennis Prager. He majored in Middle Eastern Studies and History at Brooklyn College and was a Fellow at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where he did his graduate work at the Russian Institute (now the Harriman Institute) and Middle East Institute.
- Host Music Event, Poetry Evening or Sports Day
As part of the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) pro-Israel movement, organize a sports day, soccer tournament, music event or poetry evening with local or national artists. Consider inviting an Palestinian Israeli poet/artist as well.
- Spray Paint Graffiti or Paint a Mural
Create a painting/mural/graffiti with “Israeli Apartheid” pro-Israel as the theme. Reach out to local artists, friends, activists, media and community members to get involved. Remember to share your photos and video footage. WARNING: When BDS folks spray graffiti, it is considered a protests. When pro-Israel people do it, it is called a Price Tag attack.
- Host a Lecture, Rally, Workshop
There are several national and international speakers who can speak on the issue of Palestine Israel and the lie of Israeli Apartheid.
- Put Up Posters, Stickers and Create Awareness
Find Pro-Israel posters, stickers and flyers online and download, print, distribute and spread the word.
- Flyer distribution at your school, university, workplace and on the street.
Get together with a branch of your organization, a group of friends or colleagues and distribute flyers at a high-traffic area.
- Write a Poem, Article or Song for Your Local Newspaper, Contact Your Local Radio Station, Write a Letter to the Editor – Raise Awareness in the Media!
You can write an article or letter on the topic of Israel and the BDS Lie for a local newspaper, magazine or other publication. Alternatively contact your local radio station/TV station and request a discussion on Israel and Palestine. Write and publish your own poem, song or article.
- Have Your Church, Synagogue or Temple Participate
Arrange for the topic of your synagogue’s activities or church’s Sunday service to be on the lie of Israeli Apartheid Week and the Palestinian struggle. Last year the South African Council of Churches called on all member churches to devote their Sunday Service during Israeli Apartheid Week to the topic of Palestine. Synagogue and pro-Israel church organizations can do the same for Israel if they take the initiative.
- Organize an Anti-BDS Protest
Arrange a protest against a store or company that stocks boycotts Israeli products such as Ahava Cosmetics, SodaStream, Israeli Fresh Produce (in Woolworths etc.) and Israeli Dead Sea products.
- Be Creative
Build a mock Israeli Apartheid Wall Arab suicide bombing and terrorist attack and set up an Israeli checkpoint with a terrorist camouflaged as a pregnant women. Organize a flash mob and facilitate a balloon release.
- Contribute money.
Contact pro-Israel organizations, encourage them to unify and make a contribution.
- Go Online
Help spread the word online using blogs and social media.
Have your organization endorse the pro-Israel movement and expose the lie of the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) campaign.
The video below shows one lone Jew, later joined by two others, waving an Israeli flag at a Boycott Israel rally. Tune in to the very end for the knowledge of the BDS crowd.
About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.
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