Every so often even the strange place we call Israel produces a development so odd that you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Beit Hatfutzot is the respected Israeli museum devoted to the study of the Jewish Diaspora. Every year, it holds the NADAV Peoplehood awards ceremony which this year will coincide with an annual meeting of the International Board of Governors. The genius organizing this event decided that it would be a super idea to grant an award to Caroline Glick and her band of pro-settler goons for producing the “award-winning” Hasbara video, We Con the World (as I don’t want to promote the video directly, I’ll offer the link here so you can watch this garbage if you wish). It was created by a far-right media advocacy group called LATMA, to mock the Gaza flotilla and paint the Turkish human rights activists aboard as pro-Hamas terrorists who deserved everything they got at the hands of IDF commandos.
If you’ll recall, the Israeli foreign ministry promoted the video as if it was an official government effort until it was pointed out to them, ahem, that it was not.
One has to wonder what’s gotten into the mind of those producing the Beit Ha-Tfutzot event that they would grant an award to such an example of pro-Israel political extremism. Let’s also recall that this museum was the brainchild of seminal Israeli Zionist leader, Nahum Goldman. Goldman was a powerful advocate of Israeli-Palestinian peace and a follower of the Brit Shalom movement. He would be rolling in his grave to know that Carol Glick would be mounting a podium at his museum to receive such an honor.
Yaron London, a media personality generally associated with liberal Zionism, is listed as the master of ceremonies, and a co-honoree will be the Russell Berrie Foundation. I wonder if they know what company they’ll be keeping?
The members of the International board of governors and board of directors of the Museum can be found here. If you know any of these individuals you might want to inform them of the travesty which the Museum is perpetrating and the shame it faces for honoring such a piece of hate speech propaganda.
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.