More Jews needed to whitewash our crimes

Many deluded fools believe that if only Israel improved its PR the world would embrace its racist policies and ignore the occupation. Actually, Israel is increasingly loathed because its contempt for Arabs is clear for all to see.

Some British Jews this week are a little upset, poor dears:

The editor of The Jewish Chronicle has accused Israel’s Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, of not caring about British public opinion after he refused to give any interviews during his visit to London last week.

In a comment piece in the newspaper, Stephen Pollard – though essentially supportive of Mr Netanyahu – concludes of his office: “The truth of it is that for all they moan about coverage of the Middle East, they don’t actually care. They don’t care if Brits end up thinking they are warmongers. They don’t care if they are losing the PR war. And they don’t care if those of us who do care are left fuming at their wilful refusal to do anything to help us counter Israel’s appalling image.”

Mr Netanyahu’s three-day trip included meetings with the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and President Barack Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, as well

as a visit to the Palestine Exploration Fund. But Mr Pollard’s view that the Israeli leader’s refusal to speak on the record to the British press, aside from a “blink-and-you-missed-it-stage-managed press conference” in Downing Street, was a wasted PR opportunity has received widespread support.

Rabbi Danny Rich, the chief executive of Liberal Judaism, the third-largest sector of the Jewish community in this country, said the failure to invite some senior members of the Jewish community – himself included – to meet Mr Netanyahu or his officials was “like shooting yourself in the foot” in the media war.

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