The Big Lie, as a propaganda tool, is actively used today by Palestinian Spokesmen at every opportunity.
Referred to "The Big Lie"concept in 1925
Historians are in some dispute about the origins of the concept of claiming, for propaganda purposes, something to be true that was actually false. It is known that Adolph Hitler raised the idea in “Mein Kampf” first published in 1925. In referring to the masses he wrote: “in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie”. He expanded on this further: “It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”.
In 1933 Joseph Goebbels was appointed by Hitler “Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda . It is known that as his relationship with Hitler developed so did his willingness to use the Big Lie concept as a propaganda tool. It is strange to note during the war, in January 1941, he criticised the British, specifically Winston Churchill, saying: “The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”
Whether it was the Germans or the British who created it, the fact is that, today, the concept is actively and enthusiastically employed by the Palestinian PR and propaganda machine on a daily basis. But it is not the current leadership who are the first Arabs to use this tool. From the time of the Balfour Declaration in 1917, promising British support for a Jewish Homeland in Palestine, Arab opposition to the idea intensified. In the decades that followed, conflicts between Jews and Arabs in the, then, British Controlled Mandate of Palestine, grew. Of course the Jewish, Arab and British narratives of the period are not the same.
But the use by the Arabs of the “Big Lie” tactic really began after the United Nation resolution of November 1947.
This called for the partition of Palestine into 2 states. One Jewish and one Arab. There is no historical dispute that the Jews accepted the proposal and the Arabs rejected it. Any Arab claims to the contrary were finally dispelled today, 29th October 2011, when the Palestinian President, Mahmood Abbas, acknowledged for the first time, in an interview on an Israeli TV news channel, that the rejection had been a mistake. He also complained that they have been paying for this mistake for 64 years. Of course, following the Arab capacity for self delusion, he omitted to point out that during these 64 years Israel has had to fight 5 major wars of survival against an enemy committed to its total destruction. In its first war in 1948 it fought an enemy that declared:
Mahmood Abbas - a good student!
“This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.”(Azzam Pasha, Secretary General of the Arab League)
Over the next 63 years Israel has endured countless suicide bombings and thousands of missiles landing on its territory (including today!). It has suffered thousands dead and maimed and, in addition to the physical damage, has endured decades of psychological pressure by the never ending application of the Big Lie technique against it.
Perhaps the first major example occurred just prior to the Independence Declaration of May 1948. On April 9th 1948 a group of 120 Jewish fighters attacked the Arab village of DeirYassin. The village occupied a strategic position overlooking the only highway to Jerusalem. These 2 statements are not disputed. Apart from these two facts, everything else that happened there has been the subject of violent historical argument ever since. The Arabs subsequently claimed that a massacre of innocent civilians took place with claims of murder, rape and pillage and a death toll of 250+. The Jewish position is that this was a heavily fortified position with large numbers of Arab fighters and weaponry. The heavy fighting resulted in deaths on both sides, but the claims of Arab civilian dead were grossly exaggerated for propaganda purposes. To this day the dispute about what actually happened has continued and has not been resolved. But objective research does not support the Arab claims. For example:
“Contrary to claims from Arab propagandists at the time and some since, no evidence has ever been produced that any women were raped. On the contrary, every villager ever interviewed has denied these allegations. Like many of the claims, this was a deliberate propaganda ploy, but one that backfired. Hazam Nusseibi, who worked for the Palestine Broadcasting Service in 1948, admitted being told by Hussein Khalidi, a Palestinian Arab leader, to fabricate the atrocity claims. Abu Mahmud, a Deir Yassin resident in 1948 told Khalidi ‘there was no rape,’ but Khalidi replied, ‘We have to say this, so the Arab armies will come to liberate Palestine from the Jews.’ Nusseibeh told the BBC 50 years later, ‘This was our biggest mistake. We did not realize how our people would react. As soon as they heard that women had been raped at Deir Yassin, Palestinians fled in terror.”
David Ben Gurion - politics helped the Arab narrative
The lie about Deir Yassin was very heavily promoted at the the time but, as is stated in the interview, this time the lie backfired. Instead of the story inflaming the Arabs to rise up against the Jews they panicked. The constant repetition of the lie caused tens of thousands of Arabs to flee from their villages fearing what the Jews would do to them. But the fact that this was the response at the time has not prevented the story from being embellished and regurgitated over the years since then as “The Deir Yassin Massacre”. Unfortunately this narrative appeared to be partially supported by the provisional government of David Ben Gurion, due to his political difference with the leaders of the militia who carried out the attack. His desire to paint them in a bad light coloured his judgment and he did not take into account, or did not care, how his condemnation would be used by the Arabs as a justification for their position. Viewed through the prism of a small beleaguered nation fighting for existence his personal conflicts may be understood or justified. He could not have known how the Arabs would use Deir Yassin as a PR weapon against the Jews to this very day.
The next Big Lie to consider is the claim that the Jews stole the land of Palestine from the Palestinians. Maybe this is the Biggest Lie of all. The Arabs conveniently overlook the fact that they were offered a state in 1947 and refused it. And this after the British had carved off 75% of Mandated Palestine to create the Kingdom of Transjordan ( now Jordan). There are unassailable arguments that Jordan is, in fact, the Palestinian State that the Arabs should aspire to.
- because of its size
- because there are as many Palestinians living there as live in the West Bank
- because there is no justifiable historical basis for the existence of a Hashemite dynasty in this territory.
There was no such entity as a Palestinian State at any time in history;
The British sliced off 75% of Palestine to create Transjordan
there was no such group of Arabs who could be identified as Palestinian. The Arabs living in the area migrated to Palestine from a wide variety of adjacent Arab countries and grew in number as the influx of Jews led to greater economic and work opportunities for them.
In spite of this, the Arabs have been repeating the mantra of “occupied Palestinian land” since Yasser Arafat created the myth of a separate Palestinian nation following the 1967 war. It must be noted that when the West Bank was under Jordanian control and Gaza under Egyptian control following the 1948 War of Independence, there was no Palestinian claim that either of these territories should be part of an Arab Palestine. This claim only arose after the territories were under Israeli control. Gaza is now back in Arab hands after Israel voluntarily gave up the territory in 2005 and removed 8000 of its citizens from there. A move, incidentally, which many now feel to have been a grave error.
In peace negotiations with the Palestinians over the years, various offers have been made by Israel regarding the West bank. Prime Ministers Barack and Olmert proposed giving up as much as 94% of the West Bank to the Palestinians. This was confirmed by Mahmood Abbas in his TV interview yesterday. All offers were refused – again! Since Abbas made reference to Arab aspirations over the past 64 years, both in his speech at the UN and on Israeli TV, the only logical assumption is that the ” Occupied Palestinian land” to which he refers, actually means all of present day Israel.
In April 2002 the Israel Defense forces entered the Jenin refugee camp, which had been a centre for terrorist attacks against Israel for many years. It encountered stiff resistance and a vicious battle ensued. Within hours, leading Palestinian spokesman claimed that Israel had perpetrated a terrible massacre on the civilian population. Some of the main statements were as follows:
- Saab Erekat – chief negotiator, claimed on CNN – 500 dead
Saab Erekat - denying the truth to the bitter end
- Ben Wedeman – CNN reporter said Palestinian sources repeated the claim of 500 dead
- Ahmed Abdul Rahman – Secretary General of the Palestinian Authority said thousands had been killed and buried in mass graves.
- Yasser Abed Rabbo – Palestinian Information Minister – claimed 900 dead.
- Lies – all lies!
But reported on all Radio, TV and press media throughout the world. Israel was condemned and vilified and suffered tremendous damage to its reputation, from which it has never really recovered.
And the truth?
Subsequent reports by the United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Time magazine and the BBC all conclude that there was NO massacre. The death toll was about 50 people, at least half of whom were identified as fighters. Israel lost 23 soldiers killed and 75 wounded.
Daniel Taub, Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman commented; “There was no massacre, and statements by the Palestinian leadership talking about hundreds of civilians killed were nothing more that atrocity propaganda”.
Nevertheless, and in spite of overwhelming independent proof to the contrary, Saab Erekat persisted and stated ” An Israeli massacre in Jenin’s refugee camp clearly happened”.
The horrifying aspect of all of the above is that the lie persists in the world consciousness – and the truth is forgotten.
Jenin is an almost perfect textbook example of the effectiveness of the concept.
Muhammed -al-Durra and father- another lie exposed
Another example is the Muhammed – al- Durra incident which occurred on the second day of the Second Intifada on September 30th 2000. An event which many feel triggered emotional reactions from the Palestinians and led to a ratcheting up of the violence. Muhammed and his father were caught in the middle of a firefight between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian terrorists. The boy was reported killed and the claim was made that the Israelis were to blame. Video footage – subsequently proved to have been doctored – purported to prove this claim. After extensive investigation of the relative positions of the opposing forces, lines of fire etc. it was shown that he could only have been shot by Palestinians. But this news was already too late. The accusation had been made – and that’s what people remember – to this day.
There are many other examples of the Palestinian use of the Big Lie. Simply adding the word “occupied” before the words “West Bank” or “East Jerusalem” on a daily basis, is sufficient to sear an untruth into the mind. Always referring to the defensive fence as “the Apartheid Wall”- and freely , and repeatedly, using the description of Israel as an “Apartheid State”.
Of course, this concept would not, and could not, be used so effectively were it not for the compliance of a sensation hungry media and a gullible world, waiting for the next piece of salacious “News”. Unfortunately we have arrived at a situation in which the accusation of the initial report determines the guilt. The explanation of the innocence i.e. the truth, only comes later. Sometimes much later. And always too late for a public appetite that can only be satisfied by the next outlandish claim.
The Big Lie is alive and well.
The Palestinians are dutifully carrying on the torch lit by Hitler and Goebbels.
They would be very proud of their successors.
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