What Do You Say to a Naked Libel?
Here are some ideas and resources for responding to common challenges raised about Israel.
Short Answers to Tough Questions
ADL Guide for Israel Advocates
Myths and Facts by Mitchell G. Bard
Tweetable Talking Points
Talking Points from Hasbara Fellowships
Israel in the World: Myth vs. Reality
Israel Accused: 75 Concise Responses
The Problem with Statistics from B'Tselem
Fact Checking Site from the Presbyterians for Middle East Peace
The Truth about Palestinian Refugees
1. THE SECURITY FENCE
Article by Dr. Jerrold L. Sobol
Critique of the International Court of Justice's opinion by Gerald M. Adler
2. DIVESTMENT AND BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
A response to threatened boycott of Israeli products
The Divestment Deception
Stop BDS --A cookbook for college campuses
Michael Ordman's letter outlining the hypocrisy of BDS supporters
Israel Is Not an Apartheid State in Pictures
Exposing Lies of Israeli Discrimination
3. SETTLEMENTS ARE THE OBSTACLE TO PEACE
Caroline Glick's debate statement on "Is Israel Destroying Itself with Its Settlement Policy?
4. COMMONLY REPEATED CANARDS
A. DEIR YASSIN WAS A MASSACRE
Article by Maurice Ostroff
A description of the event from Arab sources
B. MUHAMMAD AL-DURRA WAS SHOT BY THE ISRAELIS
Article by James Fallows in The Atlantic Monthly
French court vindicates Israeli doctor who treated Al-Durra's father
C. JERUSALEM HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN JEWISH
Jerusalem: 4000 Years of History in 5 Minutes (Video)
13 Facts about Jerusalem (Video)
D. ISRAEL IS IMPOVERISHING THE PALESTINIANS
Hisham Jarallah, a West Bank journalist, writes the following:
"Instead of using the billions of dollars that were given to them by Americans and Europeans to create new jobs, the PLO leadership stole most of the funds and later blamed Israel for damaging the Palestinian economy. As the Arab countries continue to impose strict employment restrictions on Palestinians, Israel is opening its doors to Palestinian workers from the West Bank. Palestinians say, in fact, that Israel is becoming one of the largest employers of Palestinians in the Middle East." http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3285/palestinian-employment
The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reports that:
The number of Palestinian workers from the West Bank who are employed in Israel and Israeli settlements has increased from 77,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 80,000 in the second quarter. In addition, the average daily salary of Palestinian Arabs who work for Israelis increased to NIS 162 - compared to NIS 87 for those who work in PA-administered areas in the West Bank and NIS 64 for those in Gaza. So, Palestinians get paid double the amount working for Israel than they do working for themselves.
E. ISRAEL IS STEALING THE LAND OF THE PALESTINIANS IN JUDEA AND SAMARIA.
Former Ambassador Alan Baker's letter to John Kerry on the legal status of the settlements
Dr. Harel Arnon on the international law pertaining to Judea and Samaria (for subtitles, click on captions in the video)
F. ISRAEL IS STEALING LAND FROM THE BEDOUINS IN THE NEGEV.
Regavim dispels six myths about Israel's treatment of the Bedouin.
5. THE JEWISH RIGHT TO JERUSALEM
A. Backgrounder from CAMERA
Rare 7th century B.C. Hebrew papyrus document bearing the name of Jerusalem. Photo Shai Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority.
This Muslim coin was minted in 696 CE in Jerusalem. It calls Jerusalem "the city of the Holy Temple," acknowledging the Jewish Beit HaMikdash.
Deir Yassin was propaganda designed to spur the Arab armies to attack Israel.
It is a myth that East Jerusalem is a traditionally Arab area.