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  1. Given the endless accusations and squabbling going in both directions, everything must be considered misinformation until adequately confirmed.

    Badawi’s tweet was clearly misinformation. Even if she now says she did not know the story was 6 years stale, it was still misinformation and Mayer or anyone else was entitled to sort it out. I don’t see how that’s grounds for attacking her job. Free speech includes the right to make a mistake, or even lie.

    We’ve seen other examples of Palestinians throwing out misinformation about Israel killing Palestinian children. Last week the AP retracted a story it published about a 5-month old Mohammed Helou in Gaza City dying because Israel had cut off fuel deliveries that were required to keep the baby’s respirator going. Hamas, it turns out, took an old story, dusted it off, and re-cycled it as a recent death attributable to Israel. As long as the public’s memory is short and there is no one like Mayer to fact-check these things, a story like that could be re-cycled dozens of times.

    In view of this tactic of recycling old stories, Badawi’s recycling of the 6 year old child-death story looks awfully suspicious. I don’t understand why, if Badawi is so passionate and so tuned into Palestine’s plight, she didn’t recognize the story as being 6 years old before representing it as recent.

    Even if Badawi did re-cycle an old story as new, this does not excuse Mayer’s misrepresenting the death as a child accidentally falling out of a swing, if it is, in fact, a misrepresentation. That’s the point – with people on both sides of this issue so intent on punking the world, who knows what is truth, and what is spin, and what is spin by virtue of being re-cycled truth?

    It gets really twisted when the spin-miesters start spinning lies about the other spin-miesters’ lies. My nose starts to bleed.

    As far as the Armenian “genocide,” I note with complete agreement that it is NOT to be referred to as “the Armenian holocaust.” Until further notice the word “holocaust” has been reserved as a Jews-only term and is to be written with upper case – “The Holocaust.” The mass murders of thousands or millions of Armenians, Cambodians, Vietnamese, Ugandans, Serbs, Somalis, . . . (is there an end to this list?) may not be referred to with the h-word, notwithstanding the argument that the term “The Holocaust” denigrates the victims of these other mass killings by implying that those killings are not the “real” holocaust.

    1. ” “I couldn’t stand the idea of those hateful things being seen by everyone for so long a time” he said and ….cover[ed] this up himself ”
      Perfect metaphor of the job as a hasbarista: painting a wall full of disgusting graffiti for passers-by not to see it.
      You really picked this one perfectly 😀

    2. So Avi Mayer couldn’t stand seeing the evidence of Israeli hate staring him in the face & had to hide it so he wouldn’t have to be offended by seeing it too often. Has he done anything else to promote Jewish-Muslim tolerance, understanding or peace bet, Israelis & Palestinians? Of course he hasn’t.

    3. That is some fantastic spin! Seriously, fantastic. I hadn’t seen it that way at all. What the Globe and Mail called the act of a “good Samaritan” was in fact the cynical act of a paid hasbarist, hiding evidence and furthering his employer’s craven agenda. Why I bet the Jewish Agency allowed him to expense the cost of the paint and cleaning supplies, right? That’s the same kind of spin that turns Mayer into a genocide denier because he invited a Turkish diplomat onto campus. I’m sure that Mayer fully supports everything the Turkish diplomat supports including the lack of a free press in Turkey and the the Turkish army’s policy on gays in the military. Everyone allied with Turkey, including all the members of NATO and obviously the United States support all of Turkey’s policies wholeheartedly. They, like Mayer, are clearly Armenian Holocaust deniers. Thanks for that clarification.

      1. He was not a genocide denier because he invited the Turkish diplomat to address a pro Israel group. He was a genocide denier because in 2007 Israel was a genocide denier & his campus group was avowedly pro Israel AND because he called the talk by the Holocaust denier “tremendously instructive.” That’s why he likely was a Holocaust denier in 2007 despite his protestations to the contrary. BTW, I’ve dared him to produce any written proof that he affirmed the Armenian genocide before the Mavi Marmara massacre. Haven’t heard back.

      2. I’m pro-Israel and a Zionist. So are you actually. I have never denied the Armenian Holocaust and I’m pretty sure you haven’t either. Belonging to a pro-Israel campus group prior to the Mavi Marmara does not automatically make you an Armenian Holocaust denier. I have been to events run by the Westboro Baptist Church and a Ku Klux Klan Rally. I found those spectacularly instructive and I do not support either group, to say the least. Your challenge to Mayer implies that anyone who does not have documented proof of their affirmation of the Armenian Holocaust is likely a Holocaust denier. That would include my parents, most of my acquaintances, my friend Narro and his Mom who run an awesome bar/restaurant in Jerusalem’s Armenian Quarter, etc. I’m sorry Richard, I remain unconvinced.

        1. You’re being too cute by half. If you want to maintain the fiction that Mayer’s comments didn’t indicate support for the views of the Holocaust-denying speaker you’re welcome. But don’t piss on our backs & try to make us believe it’s rain. We know it’s not rain. You can call it whatever you want.

          As for being unconvinced–I never tried to convince you nor do I can whether you are or not.

  2. RE: “It’s part of the hasbara war, the delusional campaign by the Israeli far-right against so-called ‘delegitimization.’ Part of the ongoing and again imagined eternal war for the survival of the Jewish people against anti-Semites everywhere who seek our extermination.” ~ R.S.

    ANOTHER PART: Israel’s Defense Chief OK’s Hundreds of Israeli Deaths, By Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 11/11/11

    (excerpt). . . An essential motive of Zionism from its beginning was a fierce desire to end the centuries of Jewish weakness, to show the world that Jews would no longer be pushed around, that they’d fight back and prove themselves tougher than their enemies. There was more to Zionism than that. But the “pride through strength” piece came to dominate the whole project. Hence the massive Israeli military machine with its nuclear arsenal.
    But you can’t prove that you’re stronger than your enemies unless you’ve also got enemies — or at least believe you’ve got enemies — to fight against. So there has to be a myth of Israel’s insecurity, fueled by an image of vicious anti-semites lurking somewhere out there, for Zionism to work. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran has gradually risen to the top of Israel oh-so-necessary enemies list. Iranophobia is rampant in Israel, as one Israeli scholar writes, because “Israel needs an existential threat.”
    Anyone who has grown up in Israel, or in the U.S. Jewish community (as I did), and paid attention knows all this. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/11-2
    ALSO SEE – Iranophobia: The Panic of the Hegemons, by Ira Chernus, Tikkun Magazine, November/December 2010
    LINK – http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/iranophobia-the-panic-of-the-hegemons-3

    1. The “strategy of tension.”
      It’s a way to keep a group together. If there aren’t enemies or an opposition, one will have to be manufactured.

      While some Jewish leaders supported Napoleon or remained quiet about their support, others including Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi openly and vigorously supported the Tsar. While fleeing from Napoleon, Liadi wrote a letter explaining his opposition to Napoleon to a friend, Rabbi Moshe Meizeles:

      “Should Napoleon be victorious, wealth among the Jews will be abundant. . .but the hearts of Israel will be separated and distant from their father in heaven. But if our master Alexander will triumph, though poverty will be abundant. . . the heart of Israel will be bound and joined with their father in heaven. .

      And it was the primary tactic of Gladio.

      Francesco Cossiga (26 July 1928 – 17 August 2010) the 43rd Prime Minister and the eighth President of the Italian Republic.

      Cossiga was also minister of internal affairs when Fascist terrorists bombed Bologna station in 1980. He initially declared that it was a Fascist attack, but he later stated it was a Palestinian transport of weapons which went wrong. He also supported the innocence of Giusva Fioravanti and Francesca Mambro, who were later condemned for the bombing and for numerous murders, declaring: “They are good guys and they want me well.”

      There are hundreds of contemporary examples. It’s the first principle of power, at least the orthodox were doing it to save their culture.

  3. This hasbara project has to be the stupidest idea Israel has ever come up with. First, it’s got to the point where Israelis no longer know whether they’re lying or telling the truth. Second, this habit of instrumentalizing every tragedy, from the holocaust to the death of Jewish children, in the service of political expediency has severely coarsened the image of Israel. Is it any wonder fewer and fewer people support the Israeli cause?

  4. Another Israeli agent in the US in disguise you say? I don’t really see Israel as a foreign government anymore, Richard. I mean, how much loot do we have invested in that sucker anyway? Doesn’t that get us some ownership interest or something? Even Netanyahu said to President Obama, “I am me as you are me and we are we and we all live together” goo goo ga joob 😉

    Heck, I’d venture to say our elected officials are more in synch with their standing ovations for Netanyahu than any actual legislative process. Our Presidential candidates are battling to see who can best suck up to Israel the most. If we were to admit Israel was a foreign country…why that would give the appearance that some individuals were acting treasonous. NO, NO, can’t have that…

    No government can serve two masters. So, time to replace the Red, White and Blue with the appropriate National designation of the country with first priority in this land.

    1. “Another Israeli agent in the US in disguise you say?”

      Who are you talking about? This article is about Avi Meyer. He’s not in the US, he’s in Israel.

  5. He’s hair splitting and bringing attention to his antics and these types of disgusting tactics- censorship and destroying peoples careers.

    If Israelis like him were actually interested in helping, they should put their energy into helping the living Armenians and Kurds overcome oppression, not the dead.
    Let the historians work out history free from political interference.

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