TWITTER AS A VEHICLE FOR ISRAELI ISLAMOPHOBIA

As Tweety would say …. ‘I tawt I taw an Islamophobe.’
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This morning, the official account of the Israeli embassy in Washington tweeted this astonishingly racist image. It appears designed to tap in to common tropes of Muslims as angry, irrational anti-American mobs.
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Israeli embassy in Washington tweets Islamophobic image

Ali Abunimah 
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*This morning, the official account of the Israeli embassy in Washington tweeted this astonishingly racist image. It appears designed to tap in to common tropes of Muslims as angry, irrational anti-American mobs.

This is precisely the kind of image whose dominance and role in American media Edward Said traced in his classic 1981 book Covering Islam.

The context is the US-Iranian rapprochement and diplomacy that has enraged Israel and its regional allies including Saudi Arabia. Having failed to win the argument that the US should go to war against Iran over its nuclear energy program, the Israelis are turning to even cruder, more emotive propaganda than usual.

It’s ironic that Israel would hope to convince anyone that an image like this – however one interprets it – can represent the whole of Iran, when Israel always insists any negative images of Israel are exceptional and non-representative.

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4 Comments

  1. Sherlock said,

    November 6, 2013 at 18:10

    Imagine THEM with the bomb ……
    When our forces come across civilians during a war or in hot pursuit or in a raid, so long as there is no certainty that those civilians are incapable of harming our forces, then according to the Halakhah they may and even should be killed … Under no circumstances should an Arab be trusted, even if he makes an impression of being civilized … In war, when our forces storm the enemy, they are allowed and even enjoined by the Halakhah to kill even good civilians, that is, civilians who are ostensibly good.
    - In the Wake of the Yom Kippur War, Central Region Command (Israel Defense Forces), 1973, quoted in Ha’olam Hazzeh, 5 January 1974

  2. Blake said,

    November 6, 2013 at 19:27

    Desperate times call for desperate propaganda measures

  3. Goliath said,

    November 6, 2013 at 20:56

    Filthy Israeli pigs tricked us on 9/11 into fighting THEIR battles for them.

    Always REMEMBER – Mohammad Atta had an ISRAELI ACCENT.

  4. November 6, 2013 at 23:17

    […] TWITTER AS A VEHICLE FOR ISRAELI ISLAMOPHOBIA […]


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