By Vic Rosenthal
Some of the most effective anti-Israel propaganda lately comes from Jews. Some time ago, I wrote a piece titled With Jews like these, who needs Arabs? It doesn’t sound so clever anymore.
A student organization called the Union of Progressive Zionists (UPZ) is bringing a program called “Breaking the Silence” to American campuses. The program consists of former IDF soldiers presenting ‘testimony’ about army misconduct and mistreatment of Palestinians in the territories.
This can only be anti-Israel propaganda. Even given that the ‘testimony’ is correct, there is no context provided, such as the shootings and bombings that require checkpoints and roadblocks. There is no comparison of Israeli behavior compared to other armies in similar circumstances. And of course there is no ‘testimony’ about cases in which Israeli soldiers have taken risks to help Palestinians (I have first-hand evidence of such).
The UPZ is supported by several left-wing Israeli and US organizations, such as Meretz USA. It is a member of the Israel on Campus Coalition, an organization founded to promote pro-Israel activities on campus. The ICC is funded by Hillel and other groups, and at least one of them has suggested that the UPZ should be booted out.
I completely agree. There is no way that “Breaking the Silence” can be construed as anything other than another volley in the propaganda war against Israel. The fact that UPZ is availing itself of resources dedicated to helping Israel in order to present this to students already awash in pro-Palestinian misinformation is infuriating.
The UPZ declares itself to be Zionist and pro-Israel. This can only be true in the bizarrely post-modern world of today’s academy. Truly Zionist members of the ICC should insist on its removal from their coalition.