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Nov 30,2016 - Last updated at Nov 30,2016

The power of an argument is not always in the truth it contains, but rather in whether it will convince the listener to agree with it, which sometimes, unfortunately, involves deception and emotional manipulation.

Deception is the goal of the Zionist hasbara (a Hebrew word meaning “explaining”, i.e., explaining the Israeli situation the way it wants it perceived).

Its aim is to spread Israeli propaganda among people who are already complicit in the tripe produced by mainstream media outlets, so convincing them is not difficult. In fact, Israeli hasbara preys on an acquiescent population.

Outlandish propaganda is used by Israel to cover up its inhuman occupation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians for over five decades.

Paid online troll groups like the Jewish Internet Defence Force always play the “Israel is misunderstood”, “Israel is defending itself” or “both sides are to blame” cards.

Anyone arguing against Israel’s heinous crimes and illegal occupation of Palestine is labelled anti-Semite and slandered. If the critic is Jewish, he is labelled as a self-hating Jew.

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and author of “The Battle for Justice in Palestine”, says that the National Union of Israeli Students partnered full time with the Israeli governments to spread its propaganda online and on college campuses around the world, in exchange for a monthly stipend.

This is important in indoctrinating those who are active on social media through propaganda that is sympathetic towards illegal Zionist settlers and soldiers.

An example of hasbara is the 2014 “Operation protective edge”, during which 2,205 men, women and children were massacred in Gaza in a period of two months.

The media justified this by accusing Hamas of firing rockets “first”, with no mention of the Jewish land theft, apartheid, checkpoints, diaspora and illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

Lina Kabaha,

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