June 11, 2008

Israel, the "pantomime villain"

Ah, it's just not cricket. According to the UK's Daily Telegraph, the man sent to lie abroad for Israel, (like there aren't enough hasbara parrots in the media, the government and the opposition) Ambassador Ron Prosor, is unhappy that 60 years of relentless zionist propaganda haven't worked in the land of fair play:
Ron Prosor claims that while the UK was once admired for its liberal fairness and decency, in recent years extremists have "hijacked" its debate over Israel.

He says his country has been turned into a "pantomime villain" by Britons who deny it has any right to exist, while terror attacks on Israeli citizens are ignored by both the media and public opinion.

Mr Prosor, a senior diplomat who became Israel's ambassador to Britain last year, is particularly scornful of the academics who want to boycott Israeli universities over the country's treatment of Palestinians.

I was reminded of Gideon Levy's Counterpunch article a couple of years back when Israel first announced its policy of starving the Palestinians:
The team, headed by the prime minister's advisor Dov Weissglas and including the Israel Defense Forces chief of staff, the director of the Shin Bet and senior generals and officials, convened for a discussion with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on ways to respond to the Hamas election victory. Everyone agreed on the need to impose an economic siege on the Palestinian Authority, and Weissglas, as usual, provided the punch line: "It's like an appointment with a dietician. The Palestinians will get a lot thinner, but won't die," the advisor joked, and the participants reportedly rolled with laughter. And, indeed, why not break into laughter and relax when hearing such a successful joke? If Weissglas tells the joke to his friend Condoleezza Rice, she would surely laugh too.
Now what kind of behaviour is that when people can laugh out loud at the increased suffering of an already suffering people? I'm grateful to His Excellency (yuk!!!) for bringing a new expression to the anti-zionist lexicon. Only of course, these racist war criminals aren't just guilty of ham acting.


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