Stand With Us just began a national hasbara speaking tour of IDF boosters whose appearances are designed to combat criticism of Israel’s Gaza War. I just found out about the tour today and apparently the soldiers slipped into Seattle barely announced and spoke at the University of Washington. Not even the campus Hillel rabbi or local Jewish newspaper editor knew where they spoke. Alas, I didn’t have an opportunity to give them the truly hospitable Seattle welcome they deserved.
The tour is scheduled for these communities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Wisconsin, Seattle, Philadelphia, Connecticut and San Jose, CA.
One quite interesting fact I learned was that one of the west coast speakers is Lior Prosor. That family name is quite unusual in Israel so I immediately thought he must be at least a relative, if not son of Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the UK. Turns out Lior is Ron’s son. Why am I not surprised that SWU would send out the son of one of Israel’s leading government hasbarists on this tour?
Interestingly, Prosor Sr. has gained a certain level of notoriety in the media recently by refusing to cooperate in the British investigation of the Dubai assassination and Israeli abuse of British passports. Additionally, someone in Prosor’s embassy had the awful taste to tweet that Israel tennis player, Shahar Peer, had put out a “hit” on her Dubai opponent (it was supposed to be funny and not literal). Considering that the bumbling Mossad killers in Dubai had worn tennis outfits to disguise themselves, it was in egregiously poor taste. The tweet mysteriously disappeared a day or so later (why did it take so long for them to discover that this was an atrocious bit of hasbara?).
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