This Scares Me More than Trump or Hillary
Scared about Trump becoming the next president? Scared about Hillary? Here is what scares me more than either of them: anti-Semitic propaganda and the American student!
We hear so much about BDS and antisemitism on American (and Canadian) campuses. And we hear about how antisemitic propaganda, in the guise of being pro-Palestinian is drawing American students, including Jews, into its lair of deception. Just how far has the brainwashing gone? Watch this video and you will be horrified to see how normal looking American students expressed willingness to support Hamas in its goal of killing Jews. They are willing to lay down $5, $10, or $20 to help Hamas bomb Israeli schools, cafes, and even hospitals. If you don’t believe me, watch the video yourself.
Did they not understand the question? Or did they understand and simply not get that what they were agreeing to support is genocide?
And that that genocide would include killing off some of the people they sit next to in classes, share dorms with, possibly even someone they turned to in the library to ask a question? Or perhaps just some college students like them on the other side of the pond, trying to live a decent life WITHOUT being stabbed in the street or rammed by a car while waiting for a bus or blown up over a cup of coffee.
The only positive thing to come out of this video is to see that all the faces of those with whom Ami spoke were pixelated (even the dog). I interpret that to mean that someone approached them off-camera to explain to them just what they had just agreed to support. Horrified (picture the expression on their faces as it suddenly dawned on them), they asked that their images be deleted.
I hope this means that the next time they hear anti-Israeli propaganda in the guise of pro-Palestinian activism, they will actually take a moment to think about what they are being told and remember that they had been willing to support genocide against the Israelis (Jews) because of just such propaganda.
If my interpretation of the blocked-out faces is right, then this means that this is an effective means of combatting anti-Semitic anti-Israeli propaganda. It is a well-known fact that if you ask someone a question and they answer, they are then invested in the conversation. This kind of action could be more effective in the long run than pro-Israel demonstrations and all the wonderful blog posts in support of Israel.
Post-script: I wrote to Ami and asked if they debriefed those interviewed or, as a reader suggested, if the faces were pixelated as a routine measure to protect themselves from potential lawsuits. To this day, he has not answered. So I still don’t know if my pathological optimism is getting the better of me or if there is some basis for being hopeful.
This post originally appeared in Times of Israel Blogs on 24 May 2016.