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Friday, January 07, 2011

The truth about Israel beyond the failed bus ads

In a response to the recent bus ad controversy in Seattle where proposed ads for the Metro accused Israel of war crimes, Rabbi Jonathan Singer discusses how this is another attempt to delegitimize Israel.
The Big Lie is alive and well in Seattle, and this fact is ironic for a city that prides itself on having a commitment to diversity, openness and intellectual engagement.

In the past, big lies were used by fascists and dictators as a means of delegitimizing certain groups or classes, seeking a scapegoat upon whom to blame general societal disappointments. Experts at utilizing this tool understand you cannot start with an outlandish statement but must state many small lies at first. In an age of Twitter and instant messaging, our culture is ripe for domination by this political approach.
Read more at The Seattle Times

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