Confrontation with the “Hasbara Culture” with Yakov Hirsch – Mondoweiss
In this episode, we have a conversation with Phil Weiss and Yakov Hirsch about the cultural sources of pro-Israel movements in American politics.
For several years, Hirsch has examined what he calls “hasbara culture” – how a discourse of Jewish victimhood has taken over Jewish, Israeli and even American political culture.
Hirsch explains how this worldview of “hasbara culture” was propagated by Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli politicians, by anti-anti-Semitism organizations like the Anti-Defamation League, and by, I quote, journalists from “More never that” with top platforms including Jeffrey Goldberg, Bari Weiss, Bret Stephens and Yair Rosenberg.
According to Hirsch, having the worldview of the hasbara culture is what it means to be a “good Jew” these days, and we must confront this alternate reality if there is to be justice in the land, from the river to the sea.
As the conversation begins, Yakov describes in detail the events surrounding the death of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian who stabbed an Israeli soldier in the occupied city of Hebron in March 2016. Al-Sharif was shot and lay injured and defenseless. to the ground when another Israeli soldier, Elor Azaria, shot him in the head at close range, killing him. The event was filmed by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.
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