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Extra! Extra! Hasbara inserts in US newspapers

The Jerusalem Post's special New York edition

The Jerusalem Post's special New York edition

It seems lots of freebies come as newspaper inserts these days, some innocuous like posters and memorabilia and music cds, others far more dangerous like the ‘terror’ dvd distributed in millions of copies of newspapers last year. Not quite on a par with the  Clarion Fund’s smear-job film ‘Obsession‘ yet decidedly inappropriate is the news that the Jerusalem Post (New York edition) will now come as a free insert in thousands of copies of the tabloid New York Post.

If the extremist Obsession film represents the actions of pro-israel partisans, what is this free insert of the Jerusalem Post but much the same thing? And should this experiment in having New Yorkers imbibe the extremist Likudist strain of zionism be successful, it is intimated that a greater print run may be planned. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera continues to be blocked by most providers in the ‘land of the free’. Michael Miller, cited below, boasts that “Now New Yorkers, Jews and non-Jews alike, can tangibly hold a piece of Israel in their hands every Sunday.” I’m sorry, Mr Miller, I would not care to have blood and barbed wire on my hands.

From the J-Post online:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Charles Schumer, former mayor Ed Koch and a host of other leading politicians and top Jewish leaders have issued warm messages of welcome to The Jerusalem Post New York Edition, which hits the city’s streets Sunday.

[…] Among Jewish leaders, John Ruskay, Executive Vice President & CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said that the paper “adds a unique voice to our vibrant and uniquely diverse community, one that shares an abiding commitment with the people of Israel.”

“Having ready access to information about politics, culture and life in our Jewish homeland can only strengthen our relationship,” added Alan Solow, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the new paper “a must-read for the New York Jewish community and friends of Israel.”

“Now New Yorkers, Jews and non-Jews alike, can tangibly hold a piece of Israel in their hands every Sunday,” wrote Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

“Readers can look forward to new ideas and perspectives in the editorial coverage,” said Russell Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish National Fund.

And Yael Katsman, Director of Marketing and Communications for Nefesh B’Nefesh, said it welcomed “the opportunity to reach out to local New Yorkers and keep them informed of aliya-related events and developments.”

The Jerusalem Post New York Edition, the most ambitious foray by an Israeli newspaper into the American newspaper market, is the latest addition to the group’s growing range of publications, which include the bi-weekly independent newsmagazine The Jerusalem Report, the weekly Jerusalem Post International Edition, the Post‘s monthly Christian Edition, the weekly French Edition and an array of monthly magazines for younger readers in Israel and abroad.

7 comments on “Extra! Extra! Hasbara inserts in US newspapers

  1. Ressentiment
    16 June, 2009

    We’re taking liberties with the language in referring to New York Post as a US paper. It may be printed and read in the United States, but it’s owned by Jews and read by Jews, who are actually foreigners who view the United States as a colony of Israel.

  2. Chrysalis
    16 June, 2009

    Let’s be specific to which Jews we are referring: those zionists in the US whose first loyalty is to the apartheid state. I guess there are more of them in NY than elsewhere in the States.

  3. ludek
    16 June, 2009

    And it seems that’s not the end of it. Just like in Vienna earlier this year, a ‘Tel Aviv Beach’ will be installed on June 21st in NYC Central Park. Truckloads of sand from Tel Aviv will be poured across sections of the park.
    Sponsors of the event are the usual suspects: Israel at Heart, Dor Chadash, Birthright Israel, etc., of course, all under the auspices of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Tourism and the General Consulate

  4. KAK
    16 June, 2009

    Israel is NO Friend to America or the World..!!

    Congressional members with dual American / Israeli Citizenships are TRAITORS, they should be lined up against a wall and SHOT…!!

    Israel / Zionist Jews are the Blood Sucking Parasites of the World.
    They are nothing more then Leeches, feeding on Humanity and sucking the life out of Mankind.
    The sooner this World is rid of them the better we all will be.

    “What’s the difference between an Israeli and a Catfish”?
    One’s a Scum Sucking Bottom Feeder and the other is a Fish”

    “Die You Scum Sucking Bastards, Die”

  5. Ressentiment
    16 June, 2009


    I strongly disagree with your comment. It is exactly the kind of thing skilled Hasbara practitioners write who desire were to confuse an uninformed audiences. Tactic 248 in the Hasbara Handbook. Discredit critics of Israel by writing anti-Semitic comment spam in the blogs in order to draw the public’s away from the actions of the US and Israel.

    Hasbara comments are particularly easy to spot which use terms that are easily confused with hate speech such as “Blood Sucking Parasites of the World”.

    So why don’t you crawl back into your hole and take the advanced Hasbara class. People who contribute to Pulse and read here work very hard to shed light on complex political issues, and we’re wise to your tactics. Israel’s impact on the lives of Palestinians is magnitudes more ugly than the hackneyed slurs you injected. The truth about Israel is ugly enough and America’s shameful complicity with it. It needs no embellishment.

  6. robertsgt40
    16 June, 2009

    Tip for those that get the Post…dump the insert on the ground to let them know you don’t appreciate the propaganda

  7. Freeborn
    16 June, 2009

    NY Post will likely in the next few days be declaring war on Iran.

    The headlines will run along these lines:


    Each of you Jew and Gentile alike who has not already invested in this sacred war should do so now and here-sign our petition in the Extra!

    Now the injunctions to join a crusade against a pariah state we will hear in the coming weeks will mirror exactly those that came via the NY Zionist press ever more shrilly after Samuel Untermayer’s declaration of economic war against Germany in the NYT in 1933.

    Untermayer insisted that destroying the German export trade was essential.

    In 1933 Hitler had just thrown out Jewish international finance and had to be made an example that would never be followed by any other nation state.

    As Paul Craig Roberts poses the question in a recent article at YOU READY FOR WAR WITH A DEMONIZED IRAN?

    By the time the NY Jewish press have finished you will be!

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