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. USING THE PLO'S TERMINOLOGY
We should be very careful not to utilize terms that
endorse the Palestinian narrative.
Classic examples are:-
a) "The UN sought to create Jewish and Palestinian States:" It did not. Over and over in its 1947 partition resolution, the UN referenced "the Jewish State" and "the Arab" [not "Palestinian"] State. There are 22 independent Arab states.
b) "Israel's "1967 Borders:" There were no 1967 borders. They were armistice lines. The 1949 Israel-Jordan Armistice Agreement expressly declared the "green line" it drew between the two sides' ceasefire positions as a military ceasefire line only, and not a political border. The post-'67 war U.N. Resolution 242 pointedly does not demand Israel retreat from these lines.
c) "Palestinian Refugees of the War that Followed Israel's Creation," or the "Palestinian Refugee Issue:" This suggests that an indigenous population of Arab "Palestinians" was unilaterally displaced by the 1948 five-Arab-state- army invasion for Israel's destruction, which encouraged and ordered local Arabs to leave. Much forgotten is that more Jews were consequently expelled from vast Arab lands they had lived in for many centuries (850,000- 900,000) than Arabs left tiny Israel (500,000- 650,000).
6. 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.
2,700 year old seal inscribed in ancient Hebrew belonging to "the governor of the city" found near the Western Wall. Governors of Jerusalem, appointed by the king, are mentioned twice in the Bible, in 2 Kings, which refers to Joshua holding the position, and in 2 Chronicles, which mentions Masseiah in the post during the reign of Josiah.
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.