Think of all the times you were told by the honest mainstream media that patriotic demonstrations in countries like Iran, Venezuela, Syria, North Korea, China, and Iraq (under Saddam) were nothing more than phony setups meant to be nothing more than cheap government propaganda.
In fact, think about what you “learned” in history class when you were told that the massive Nuremberg Rallies were all forced, and consisted of nothing more than brainwashed and fear-driven citizens who secretly hated Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.
Is it starting to ring a bell?
But what would you say if I were to demonstrate that these sorts of events (the technical term is astroturfing) happen regularly here in the United States?
And, yes, the main culprits are our favorite hook-nosed friends who seem to have a serious problem with psychological projection.
A fake pro-Israel protest manufactured by US-based lobbying groups has been exposed in an exclusive clip from a censored Al Jazeera documentary on Israel’s influence in the US.
The release of the much-anticipated US version of undercover documentary The Lobby has been stalled since the UK version, which aired in 2017, revealed Israel’s influence within the Labour party and its role in drumming up accusations of anti-Semitism.
The US version is yet to be broadcast, reportedly because of pressure placed on Qatar, which owns Al Jazeera. The delay has prompted segments to be leaked.
I’ve heard from Arabs before that Al Jazeera is not to be trusted in some instances – they present some decent programming, but have a tendency to become cowardly when push comes to shove on certain subjects (supporting Bashar al-Assad, for example).
The Grayzone Project’s Max Blumenthal released a new segment Tuesday, revealing that US think tanks arranged a fake protest to disrupt a Students for Palestine national conference in 2016. The practice is known as astroturfing and aims to create an illusion of dissent where there is none, in turn creating press coverage to further the agenda of the perpetrators.
The footage features Noah Pollak, executive director of the Emergency Committee on Israel, along with fellows from the Hoover Institution. A fellow named Marshall reveals Pollak’s views on students who support Palestine, recounting how he told them, “Look, there are these jihadis who basically support suicide bombing, and they’re on a campus and you have to stop them.”
“This is astroturfing,” he said, and admitted his boss told him attendance was “mandatory.” Marshall also revealed how much he is paid as a fellow when he joked about what people would say if he was exposed.
“They’re like, ‘Oh, who are these traitors who sold out to the Jewish conspiracy for money?’” he began. “I’m like, ‘We did! We cost $50,000 plus benefits.”
The video shows the protesters being briefed to stay on message and emphasize that the student group is a “hate group.” The staged protest includes Pollak shouting a number of claims about Palestinians, including, “they kill women, they kill children.”
The Lobby reveals US groups work in tandem with elements of Israel’s military intelligence and Israel advocates like casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the Grayzone Project reports.
In my opinion, this news actually serves as somewhat of a white-pill at the end of the day.
Namely because of the fact that if elements in the United States feel as if it’s necessary to set up these staged “demonstrations” to support Israel, then it’s likely they have intelligence that shows public opinion may not be what groups like AIPAC want us to believe.