If You Read Israel News, You May Think Its News from another World
When I read the news about Israel and the Jewish people, I sometimes think it can’t be real.
How is it that the International Olympic Committee can refuse to pay tribute to 11 Israeli team members killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games? 40 years ago in 1972, eight Palestinian terrorists broke into a dormitory at the Olympic village where Israeli athletes and coaches were sleeping and took them hostage. After two of the Israelis were shot and killed, eventually another nine hostages were killed. Last month, the IOC rejected Israel’s request for a minute of silence at the start of this summer’s games in London, saying it had paid tribute to the victims before. Jewish blood is cheap. At the time, the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes was not considered sufficiently serious to merit canceling or postponing the Olympics. “Incredibly, they’re going on with it,” Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time. “It’s almost like having a dance at Dachau.” There are many possible reactions the world can have to this clear slight – and one can clearly see a public relations crisis.
Multiple media outlets report on “an Israeli university cancelling plans to hold a concert featuring Richard Wagner’s music after Holocaust survivors complained the performance would cause them “emotional torture”.” Wagner, the 19th century German composer’s was anti-Semitic and Hitler had strong affinity for his work.
- Only 70 years ago, 6 Million Jews were killed – and as a survivors organization said “This is emotional torture for Holocaust survivors and the wider public in the State of Israel.” An unofficial ban on Wagner, including a taboo in airing his music on state-owned media, predates Israel’s creation in 1948. How is it a university could even think of allowing such music? Life on Mars couldn’t be any odder.
“The Guardian” runs an op-ed saying: Israel turns on its refugees – which couldn’t be further from the truth. This is an issue of illegal immigrants – Not refugees. What country bordering Israel is there where these refugees are coming from?
- Israel needs to properly tell the Public Relations story that a hundred thousand African migrants in the tiny country of Israel is a tremendous number. Why should the State of Israel have the responsibility to absorb these people, who are illegal aliens and harming the nation. The world is turning a blind eye to the fact that this is an issue of law not being followed – and similarly unsurprisingly, no one is calling on Turkey, Egypt or Saudi Arabia to accept these tens of thousands of people.
A Zionist prophet named Ze’ev Jabotinsky had it right: “Everybody is wrong and you alone are right?’ No doubt this question springs by itself to the reader’s lips and mind. It is customary to answer this with apologetic phrases to the effect that I fully respect public opinion, that I bow to it, that I was glad to make concessions….All this is unnecessary, and all this is untrue. You cannot believe in anything in the world, if you admit even once that perhaps your opponents are right, and not you. This is not the way to do things. There is but one truth in the world, and it is all yours. If you are not sure of it, stay at home; but if you are sure, don’t look back, and it will be your way.” There is no question that the words of Ze’ev Jabotinsky must be followed as the world gets only crazier.
About the Author: Ronn Torossian is the CEO of NY based 5W Public Relations, 1 of the 25 largest PR Agencies in the US. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a Jewish philanthropist and active in a number of worldwide Jewish organizations. More about Ronn