Israel’s Targeting of Pro-Palestinian Voices has Grown More Pernicious since Oct 7 – Analysis

A huge disinformation campaign has been used to intimidate and silence pro-Palestinian voices. (Design: Palestine Chronicle)

By Robert Inlakesh

Doxing, disinformation, buying political candidates, Islamophobia, racism, meritless accusations, physical assaults, verbal attacks, censorship and even antisemitism are all tools that have been used and abused by pro-Israeli propagandists in order to intimidate and silence pro-Palestinian voices.

A recent investigative piece published by The Guardian exposed the central figure operating the Shirion Collective, an Israeli disinformation network, that offered “bounties” for information on pro-Palestinian activists. 

This report, which revealed the tech entrepreneur, Daniel Linden, to be heading the self-described “surveillance collective”, raised many eyebrows about the pernicious nature of Israel’s information war waged separately from its genocidal assault on Gaza. 

Doxing Pro-Palestine Advocates

On top of endorsing conspiracy theories that cross over into classical antisemitic ideas about Jewish people, the Shirion Collective alleges that its campaign of distributing proven disinformation, for the benefit of Israeli public relations, is in fact designed to combat antisemitism. 

One of the most harmful aspects of the online disinformation network has been to work on doxing pro-Palestine advocates, especially students involved in the anti-war encampments that spread across North America and then the entire world. 

While the peaceful student encampments that swept across the globe were demonized as being antsSemitic protests that were equivalent to actions taken in the 1930s Germany against Jewish people, professors and staffers at various universities were purged from their roles, and/or subjected to smear campaigns, as a result of the pro-Palestinian stances. 

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, a non-for-profit that was recently ranked unreliable by Wikipedia editors, had even alleged at the time that “Iran has their military proxies like Hezbollah, and Iran has their campus proxies like these groups like SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) and JVP )Jewish Voice for Peace).”

Intimidation for Cash – Pro-Israel Disinformation Network Behind Anti-Palestinian Propaganda

UN Special Rapporteur

Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), is the latest high-profile subject of a virulent smear campaign under which she is accused of taking money from “Hamas sympathizers”. 

Having contributed massively to spreading facts regarding Israeli war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip, calling their military assault a Genocide, she has endured a massive pressure campaign, paired with mountains of threats and insults to her person. 

Having been described by Israel’s UN ambassador Gilad Erdan as a “terror sympathizing antisemite”, the campaign to discredit her has been so overbearing that the United Nations was forced to open an investigation into claims regarding an alleged $20,000 that was undeclared, despite evidence being offered to the contrary publicly.

Disinformation Campaign

Al-Jazeera and the Palestine Chronicle itself have been subjected to a pro-Israeli disinformation campaign, while even CNN now stands accused of hiring a journalist allegedly working for Hamas.

 This has demonstrated that media platforms, even those that often engage in pro-Israeli propaganda, are not safe from smear and allegations designed to discredit their reporting on the situation in Gaza.

For the most part, however, the mainstream corporate media in the West, particularly in the United States, has towed the Israeli narrative and been demonstrated to take pro-Israeli perspectives, even spreading fact-free hoaxes without critical thinking. 

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‘Luntz Report’

A lot of what we hear today is in fact the very same propaganda talking points that were compiled in what is known as the ‘Luntz Report’ from 2009,  written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz. 

The 112-page booklet, marked as “not for distribution or publication” was designed for those “who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel” and would later be leaked by Newsweek. 

If you study the 112 booklet, which is an Israel Hasbara (propaganda) 101 style resource, it contains the same responses, accusations and deflections that are communicated across broadcast media on a daily basis, largely tracked back to the Luntz Report’s guidelines. 

If we take the example of Rupert Murdoch, perhaps the most powerful man in media who owns over 100 publications and channels, he maintains close ties to not just the Israeli government, but Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, personally. 

So when you watch Piers Morgan Uncensored, which is platformed on Murdoch’s Talk TV, don’t be surprised why every interview begins with “the horrors of October 7”, Morgan’s “moral quandary” over whether tens of thousands of children should be killed or not, in addition to a ritual “do you condemn Hamas?” question. 

Whether it be the blatant anti-Muslim rhetoric pushed by the likes of astroturfed gurus of the new pro-Israeli right wing, like Douglas Murray or the ADL openly recording pro-Palestinian protests as antisemitic incidents, all the way to the Zionist activists screaming the N-word and assaulting students on campus, its all part of an internationally waged war to enable Israel’s ongoing war. 

This is why AIPAC will brag about spending almost $15 million to unseat Jamal Bowman in a Democratic Party primary because this is viewed as being part of Israel’s war effort.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

– Robert Inlakesh is a journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. He focuses on the Middle East, specializing in Palestine. He contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

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5 Comments

  1. As always, another brilliant analysis by Robert Inlakesh. It is true that the existence of “israel” itself relies heavily on its hasbara (a land without people to people without land, among many other lies). However, as a repercussion to the genocide in Gaza, it become common knowledge that zionists lie as much as they breath, and hence their hasbara isn’t as effective as it used to be. Thus, I do believe that “israel”, the cancer of the middle east, is in its way to destruction.

    • Would that were true! Unfortunately, anyone who follows the Jewish faith is ‘entitled’ to live in their ‘promised land’ and thus there is a constant inflow of new settlers – just a band of opportunists, carpetbaggers and religious zealots! Palestinians who have lived there for generations and centuries are treated as ‘untermenschen’ to be totally disregarded. So what we are now seeing is the logical conclusion of the Zionist Project, namely the ethnic cleansing of that land – Israel’s ‘Final Solution’.

  2. Even in my far-flung area in Upstate NY I’ve felt the sting of pro-Zionist push-back to my anti-Zionism postings on local social media and newspapers. I’m a musician who routinely has been getting 30-50 hits every day on a local website re my songs being played. Suddenly, after my online newspaper postings against Israel’s genocide in Gaza, I’m only getting 2 hits per day.

    Zionism is a Big Lie. From its inception, Zionism has lied about its right to Palestine. Zionism is a thieving ideology without remorse. As I often write, the Holocaust (and previous pogroms) may explain Zionism but does not excuse its ruthless, murderous methods of thieving all of Palestine.

    • I don’t get it. How would they stop people from seeing your songs? Are you that prominent in activism that 48 out of 50 would know about your opinions of Zionists and then refuse to “look into” your music? Or do you mean Zionists are controlling the internet or hacking the website or the webmasters are changing the numbers of visitors in the backend?

      I don’t think you mean they can change people’s opinions of what music is good by subliminal messaging? There would be too much overlap between songs even if that was possible.

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