the Ministry of Strategic Affairs

1. Title: The Ministry of Strategic Affairs and David Hirsh – An asset of the “State of Israel”? In 2015, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs was tasked with leading the fight against the Palestine solidarity movement. The ministry led by Gilad Erdan and headed by a former military intelligence officer has used overt and covert methods to sabotage and delegitimize militant groups and individuals, it has defamed BDS supporters by calling them “terrorists”, it has recruited armies of trolls and he trained militants to dig up Kompromat and smear supporters of Palestinian liberation. David Hirsh, a sociologist based at Goldsmiths College London, was involved in this effort. He has been involved for decades in supporting the main foreign policy objectives of the Zionist entity. Hirsh is a former member of the Zionist-Trotskyist Alliance for Workers’ Freedom sect who considers himself part of the “democratic left tradition”, although he also says he has “no objections to be recognized as a Jew or a Zionist”. . In 2006, Hirsh launched Engage, an explicitly anti-BDS campaign that focused solely on alleged anti-Semitism. It has been claimed that Zionist lobby groups – the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council – paid £50,000 to Engage, challenging the idea that it was a grassroots campaign. Hirsh later denied this. Also in 2006, Hirsh helped develop the “Euston Manifesto” aimed at countering opposition to the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. In 2007, he received funding from the Rothschild family charity Hanadiv to study anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. In 2008 and 2009, Hirsh traveled to Jerusalem to attend the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. His speech at the 2008 Forum predicted that “the main manifestation of anti-Semitism in the near future will be conspiracy theory”. In previously secret documents released by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs under the Information Act, it was revealed that millions had been spent to fund a network of front groups to promote the regime. One was the New York-based Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, which received $445,000 in 2018, nearly 80% of its reported revenue that year. He failed to publicly disclose this payment. The funds were earmarked for the group’s annual seminar at Oxford University in the UK. David Hirsh spoke at the 2018 and 2019 events. No Ministry of Strategic Affairs grants were mentioned by ISGAP in either year. Palestine Declassified searched David Hirsh’s publications over the past two decades and found no conflict of interest disclosures from him that referred to money, expenses or hospitality received from the Zionist movement or directly from the regime. He regularly denounces the idea of ​​secret conspiracies in favor of Israel, while appearing to get directly involved in such activities as an asset of the Zionist regime. Tags: Palestine, Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Hasbara, David Hirsh, troll army, cut-outs

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