The Reservists group plans to distribute pamphlets containing selection of articles & op-eds from Israel’s left-wing newspaper, HAARETZ, that portray Israel as evil, and are used by the BDS movement & other Israel-haters, to justify their campaign to demonize, delegitimize & boycott Israel internationally.
By Yair Altman
The IDF reservists group ‘Reservists at the Front’ is taking aim at the Haaretz newspaper as part of its new campaign against the international boycott movement against Israel, which launches on Wednesday.
The campaign will distribute 20,000 copies of a publication similar in design to Haaretz, containing a selection of anti-Israel articles published by that newspaper. The items featured include calls by Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken to the international community to pressure Israel; headlines such as “Israel is an evil state”; “Human beasts, child killers”; and “Judeo-Nazis,” and columns by Gideon Levy and other writers. The pamphlet bears the slogan: “Stay in Israel, leave Haaretz behind,” which in the original Hebrew is a play on words.
According to ‘Reservists at the Front’, Haaretz has become a mouthpiece for hateful propaganda against the State of Israel and the IDF. The group argues that supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement frequently use reports and items from the paper to demonize Israel.
“The BDS [movement] often uses these articles, and it’s important that the public know that,” explains Maj. Amit Deri (ret.), chairman of ‘Reservists at the Front.’
“For example, one Gideon Levy column titled ‘Stop Living in Denial, Israel is an Evil State’ was quoted by [BDS] groups as ‘from Israeli media.’ They write that Israelis themselves admit to being evil; they don’t need to analyze it. The words speak for themselves,” Deri said.
Members of ‘Reservists at the Front’ planned to distribute the pamphlets at railway stations and the central bus station in Tel Aviv and the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. The activists planned to ask passersby about their opinions on the articles and how they thought the articles reflected the reality of life in Israel.
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