I’ve been covering the controversial Size Doesn’t Matter viral video campaign (watch the video here) sponsored by Canadian pro-Israel college students and several Israel lobby groups. Lately, the student leader claiming responsibility for the website and the Israeli MFA have been heading for the hills in terms of establishing who’s responsible for the project. I’ve staked out convincing evidence that the college students are at least in joint sponsorship with the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) and/or Canadian Jewish Public Affairs due to the registration of the Size Doesn’t Matter Domain with the CIJA and funding for the student group from CJPA, which is confirmed on the student website. The only question is whether the students are a front for the project or actually took some active role in it. Right now, I’d say the jury’s out on that one. But one thing that is clear is that the Israel lobby is taking a powder.
They’ve done something totally inexplicable and underhanded and frankly I don’t understand it. They’ve re-registered the Size Doesn’t Matter domain. Previously it was registered to Canadian Jewish Public Affairs. Yesterday, it was re-registered to 3Managed. This web design company’s only four clients listed at it’s website are the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) – cija.ca, Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) – cjc.ca, and Canada Israel Committee (CIC) – cicweb.ca. Nice try fellas.
The registrant listed for 3Managed’s own website is Stephen Verrall. And who is listed as the registrant for Canadian Jewish Public Affairs’ website? You guessed it, Stephen Verrall. Here are the registration details for the various sites:
Domain name: sizedoesntmatter.ca
Domain number: 2929497
Approval date: 2009/07/13
Renewal date: 2011/07/13
Updated date: 2010/02/23
Registrant Name: 3managed Inc.
Name: David Bird
Postal address: 3managed Inc.
3-35 Stone Church Road Suite # 332
Ancaster ON L9K 1S5 Canada
Date Registered: 06/02/09
Date Modified: 11/21/09
Expiry Date: 06/02/10
200 North Service Road West, Suite 531, Unit 1
Oakville, ON (CA)
1150 Skyview Dr #79
Burlington, ON (CA)
Where did you read the name Stephan Verrall?
Date Registered: 02/06/08
Date Modified: 02/06/10
Expiry Date: 02/06/10
Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Inc.
4600 Bathurst St #315
Toronto, ON (CA)
1075 Bay Street
Toronto, ON (CA)
So all they’ve done is engaged in an elaborate charade to conceal the fact that CJPA is directly involved in this disgusting project which suggests that oral sex and Israeli tourism go hand in hand. Why are they hiding like this? I always believe that transparency is the best policy. If you do something, own it, explain it, defend it. That’s not apparently the approach of CJPA. That’s the problem with hasbara. It’s just like the infamous Steve Rosen aphorism (first sent in a memo to my good friend, M.J. Rosenberg, when they both worked at Aipac):
A lobby [Aipac] is like a night flower, it thrives in the dark and dies in the light.
And that’s the purpose of this blog, to force the Israel lobby into the light. Maybe it will die, maybe it won’t. But at least it will be in a place where everyone can see what it does and judge for itself as to whether it is credible or not.
H/t to readers Robin and Surcouf for research above and beyond.
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Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.