Showing posts with label greenwashing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label greenwashing. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Latest Hasbara Meme: BLACKWASHING

By Richard Silverstein
RichardSilverstein.com
January 9, 2012

You’ve heard of pinkwashing, greenwashing-now “blackwashing” joins the cast of pro-Israel hasbara communities exploited in order to combat the major criticisms of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians.  Pinkwashing is the effort to promote Israel to the gay community in order to point out the homophobia of Arab culture and nations.  Greenwashing is the attempt by environmental groups like Jewish National Fund to point to Israel’s alleged sensitivity to environmental issues (excluding of course its heinous treatment of Negev Bedouins whose communities are being bulldozed by the Israeli government in collaboration with JNF).  Now blackwashing is the rage.

African American political leaders and
students on Aipac Israel junket
Israel lobby groups like Aipac have worked closely cultivating relationships on college campuses with African-American students.  They send these young leaders to Aipac conferences where they can be trotted out to the media as witnesses for the defense to combat the BDS campaign to label Israel as an apartheid state:
When Vincent Evans arrived as a bright-eyed first-year at Florida A&M, the country’s largest historically black university, he knew he wanted to get involved in politics. So when an older student leader approached him one afternoon after a student government meeting to ask if he wanted an all expenses paid trip to D.C., Evans jumped at the opportunity.
The trip, it turned out, was sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, the country’s most powerful pro-Israel lobbying outfit. Israel is under growing attack from Palestinian and international activists who call the country a racist apartheid state. In response, its staunchest U.S. lobby is recruiting black students as moral shields to make the case for Israeli impunity. At historically black colleges and universities (known as HBCU’s) around the country, AIPAC is finding and developing a cadre of black allies to declare there’s no way Israel can be racist.
In his four years in college, Evans traveled to D.C. at least 10 times on AIPAC’s dime. He and a small group of other student leaders from his school joined hundreds of others from around the country, including other HBCU students, for AIPAC’s semi-annual Saban Leadership Seminar.
“Within the program,” says Evans, “they make a concerted effort to reach out to HBCU and majority Hispanic schools.”
Does the Israel lobby care about African-American students?  Does it care about the issues close to their heart?  Is it about to reach out to Blacks to create political coalitions to advance causes of mutual interest to each community?  Are you kiddin’?  These kids are fodder in the PR war.  They don’t mean anything other than having a black face to show the world that Israel isn’t an apartheid nation.  But how much do these kids really know about Israel?

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Stop Greenwashing Apartheid Makes a Breakthrough

By Alessandra Bajec
June 13, 2011

On the occasion of Palestinian Land Day and the Global BDS Day of Action last March, the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) officially launched an international campaign to Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

The call to revoke the JNF's charitable status has had an overwhelming response from civil society groups and individuals around the world. Two weeks ago, British Prime Minister Cameron resigned as a patron of the JNF. Joining the campaign has helped to raise awareness on the little known issue about the JNF, its real nature of and role in the ongoing displacement of Palestinians from their lands.

Commemorating Palestinian Land Day and the Global BDS Day of Action, the BNC in conjunction with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other international partners, called upon people of conscience around the world to oppose the presence and activities of the JNF in their countries. They also called boycotts and legal action against the JNF wherever it operates.

The global initiative draws attention to the long-standing central role of the JNF in Israel’s system of occupation, exposing its crimes of colonization, ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

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