Seditious Agenda Journalism
EU Trains Israeli Journalists to Back Saudi Plan
The European Union is training Israeli journalists to support the Saudi Peace
Plan – a plan that would see Israel become a majority-Arab state,
investigative journalists from the News1 site reported Sunday.
The EU has created an 18-month “educational seminar” for Israeli
reporters and editors, with a declared focus on the need to promote Middle
East peace initiatives in general, and the Saudi Plan in particular. EU
officials hope to draw 60 participants: 40 reporters and 20 radio and
The program will cost roughly 30,000 shekels (6,000 euro) per participant.
Individual journalists will pay only 100 euro for the course. In total, the
course's backers are expected to invest 1.8 million shekels (360,000 euro) in
Participants will take part in virtual meetings, independent and group
research, article writing and joint projects. There will be meetings with Arab
Israeli journalists, and two eight-day, binational seminars in Turkey.
The project is sponsored by the Neve Shalom School in the Israeli Arab "peace
village" by the same name and by the Palestinian Authority-based Center for
Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (CCRR), according to News1. Neve Shalom
is already working with several Israeli media figures, among them Yediot
Aharonot writer Smadar Peri and Channel 10 anchorwoman Oshrat Kotler.
The Saudi Peace Plan calls on Israel to cede all territory east of the 1949
armistice line, including the Old City of Jerusalem, to the Palestinian
Authority. These are the borders that the late Abba Eban, Israel's UN delegate
during the period prior to the Six Day War when the Arab states blockaded and
threatened to destroy Israel , called "Auschwitz borders" because they were
It also calls on Israel to accept several million foreign Arabs, those who
claim descent from the several hundred thousand Arabs who fled Israel when
promised by Arab leaders that they would return after decimating the Jews
during the War of Independence, as citizens – effectively making Israel an
In return, the Arab world would agree to normalize relations with Israel.
This report comes soon after it was disclosed that the
NIF has been training Israeli lawyers and future judges for judicial activism.
(IsraelNationalNews.com) Not quite free
European democracies are spending tens of millions of euros to manipulate
Israeli society and politics
Sixty-two years after the rebirth of sovereignty following 2,000 years of
exile and powerlessness, the Jewish state is still struggling for real
independence. Beyond the genocidal threats from the Iranian leadership and its
proxies, European democracies are spending tens of millions of euros, pounds
and krona to manipulate Israeli society and politics. This largely hidden
European money that funds so-called “civil society” organizations, like
B’Tselem, Yesh Din, Ir Amim, the Public Committee Against Torture, Peace Now
and dozens more, is undermining Jewish sovereignty and the right to determine
our own future.
With such large sums at their disposal, self-appointed leaders of these
foreign government-funded nongovernmental organizations (appropriately known
as GONGOs) often have greater influence than elected officials. They set the
political agenda, promote their goals in the Knesset and UN and dominate media
discussions on Israel.
For example, under the civil society façade, and using European taxpayer
money, as well as donations from the New Israel Fund, B’Tselem’s offices in
London and Washington lobby intensely in support of the blood libels in the
Goldstone Report. In parallel, the self-styled Coalition of Women for Peace
promotes boycotts, divestment and sanctions and to hurt Israeli firms. And a
handful of individuals in Breaking the Silence (BTS), were invited to travel
(all expenses paid) throughout Europe to tell the journalists, “intellectuals”
and left-wing politicians that Israel, and not Hamas or Hizbullah, is the real
“war criminal.” BTS films were also shown as part of Israel Apartheid Week
activities across campuses last month.
IN THIS form of European neocolonialism, these groups push the policies
selected by their patrons, while central topics for Israelis are given short
shrift. As a result, few reports by “human rights” groups deal with Gilad
Schalit, women victims of Arab honor killings or other issues missing from
This funding not only allows GONGOs to manipulate the perception of Israel
abroad, but also manipulates the Israeli discourse. In the High Court, many of
the cases related to core issues of war and peace, human rights and security
are brought by GONGOs that receive the bulk of their funding from European
governments. With huge resources, these organizations hire lawyers and run
massive media campaigns. In this way, groups like B’Tselem and the Association
for Civil Rights in Israel enjoy the unfair advantages of “repeat players” in
the legal system.
A number of Israeli government lawyers received fellowships from these narrow
ideological groups during their training. And some influential journalists are
also closely tied to NGOs funded by the NIF and European governments. It would
not be surprising to find the influence of these NGOs in the ideological
education of Anat Kamm, who claimed to be exposing IDF “war crimes” when she
copied secret military documents and funneled them to a journalist.
Yet, despite the power that these groups exert, neither Israelis nor Europeans
know who makes the decisions to disperse this money used to promote the
Palestinian narrative, demonize Israelis as war criminals and manipulate
public debate. Unnamed officials in Brussels, London, Stockholm, Oslo, The
Hague, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and elsewhere in Europe control relatively
large sums with no public accounting.
Every year, the European Union announces major grants under the banner of
“Partnerships for Peace,” the “European Instrument for Democracy and Human
Rights” and other programs, but the crucial details are often hidden from
public view. In the individual countries, programs and budgets designed to
provide humanitarian assistance are diverted to radical NGOs that promote the
same anti-Israel agendas.
The standard explanation is that this European funding reflects support for
peace and opposing “occupation.” The US, particularly under Barack Obama, has
similar goals, but does not seek to impose them by manipulating Israeli
society and politics under the table, or by using Israeli groups to lobby for
Goldstone. In refusing to reveal any significant aspects of its
decision-making process, the EU is also violating its own transparency rules.
TO REGAIN Israel’s lost independence, the first step is to provide the public
this information. To this end, a group of Knesset members from a number of
parties has introduced legislation that would require funding transparency –
particularly regarding monies from foreign governments.
But secrecy is also power, and the NGO officials at the receiving end have
mounted a disinformation campaign precisely to prevent such transparency. The
legislative draft is portrayed hysterically as “the single most dangerous
threat to Israeli civil society since its inception.”
The NGOs fear that if they highlight foreign government funding when engaged
in political activities, this might discredit them in the eyes of Israeli
This is exactly the public debate that is central to independence and
sovereignty, and contrasts sharply with decisions made by anonymous European
officials secretly doling out taxpayer funds. NGO officials also claim that
the proposed law is unnecessary, and that there is already transparency under
existing regulations. If this were the case, they would not be taking out
large advertisements and sending floods of panicked e-mails.
After 62 years of independence, there is still much room for improvement. Some
aspects will take many years, but others, such as ending the inordinate and
secret influence of foreign government on core Israeli decisions, are within
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change for I have sworn before you and Almighty
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The world is very different now, for man holds in his mortal hands the
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generosity of the state but from the hand of
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To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share: we
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there is little we cannot do in a host of co-operative ventures. Divided. .
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that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be
replaced by a far more iron tyranny.
We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall
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To our sister republics south of our border: we offer a special pledge. .
. to convert our good words into good deeds. . .
in a new alliance for progress . . .to assist free men and free
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to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak. . . and to enlarge the area
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peace; before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all
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employed. But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take
comfort from our present course. . .
both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly
alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that
uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of Mankind's final war.
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remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and
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control of arms. . .
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instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the
deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and
commerce. Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command
of Isaiah. . .
to "undo the heavy burdens. . . let the oppressed go free."
And if a beachhead of co-operation may push back the jungle of suspicion.
let both sides join in creating not a new balance of power but a new
world of law
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finished in the first one thousand days. . . nor in the life of this
administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us
In your hands, my fellow citizens. . .
more than mine. . .
will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country
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to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call
to service surround the globe. Now the trumpet summons us again... not as a
call to bear arms, though arms we need. . .
not as a call to battle... though embattled we are. . .but a call to bear
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hope, patient in tribulation. . .a struggle against the common enemies of man:
tyranny. . .poverty. . .disease. . .and war itself.
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and South. . . East and West. . .that can assure a more fruitful life for all
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.and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
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our deeds; let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and
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