BIG LIES THAT HAVE CAUSED UNTOLD MISERY
By Maurice Ostroff
“If you tell a lie big enough and
keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it".
Tragically, the well-known quotation by Hitler's chief propagandist, Joseph
Goebbels has proven to be valid time and again. Goebbels was probably the most influential expert in using lies and deceit
to motivate an entire nation initially towards hubris, and eventually to abject destruction
His advice on effective propaganda techniques has also been successfully
adopted. He wrote “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle
is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over." Anyone familiar with
the Arab-Israel conflict will recognize how this lesson has been successfully applied. Raise any problem and the answer is
"the occupation". Mention terror and the immediate solution offered is "end
the occupation", ignoring the indisputable fact that terror against Jews was commonplace long before the occupation.
The universality of Goebbels' BIG LIE rule is evident from the straight line
that can be drawn from the Protocols of Zion to Dreyfus, Mein Kampf, Deir Yassin, Jenin and Al Dura. Let's take a closer look
at Deir Yassin and Al Dura.
The false story of atrocities in the battle for Deir Yassin
in1948 is a typical example of a BIG LIE demonizing Israel, based on fabricated evidence.
On April 12, 1948 Dana Schmidt wrote a "special to the New York Times" story about a massacre and rapes committed by Jews
at Deir Yassin. The story, attributed to Dr. Hussein Khalidi, secretary of the Palestine Arab Higher Committee at the time,
was taken at face value and spread like wildfire around the world. Even the Jewish Agency believed it and expressed horror
But, and this is a big BUT, startling indisputable evidence
came to light in 1998 revealing that the story of a massacre and rapes was a complete fabrication.
Unlike the immediate spread of the accusation, this refutation was and remains completely ignored, pointing to the dangerous
penchant, even among some respectable mainstream media, academics and influential politicians, to ignore readily available,
credible evidence that conflicts with their biased preconceived opinions.
The evidence of fabrication is indisputable because it originates from none
other than the person who prepared the original story, Hazem Nusseibeh, who was an editor of the Palestine Broadcasting Service
The video clip that can be viewed by clicking on the link at the top of this page
is an extract from a a 1998 interview with Nusseibeh in a BBC series “Israel
and the Arabs: the 50 year Conflict”.
While explaining the flight of Arabs and their failure in the 1948 war to the BBC,
Nusseibeh indiscreetly admitted that on the direct instructions of Hussein Khalidi, he had fabricated the allegations of a
massacre and rapes. He told that Khalidi said to him: "We must make the most of this" and that they therefore embroidered
the press release with fictional allegations that the children of Deir Yassin were murdered and pregnant women were raped,
though neither ever happened. Their intention was to encourage the Arab countries to join in the battles soon to begin. He
added that these atrocity stories were "our biggest mistake," because Palestinians fled in terror and left
the country in huge numbers after hearing them. This statement adds a
new facet to research about the reasons so many Arabs fled in 1948. See also http://www.2nd-thoughts.org/id38.html
According to Nusseibeh, Khalidi said to him: "We must
make the most of this" and the story was created in collusion with survivors of Deir Yassin and Khalidi. The press release
stated that the children of Deir Yassin were murdered and pregnant women were raped, though neither ever happened.
In the same TV program, a former resident of Deir Yassin
confirmed there were no rapes but that Khalidi convinced them they had to say there were. "We said, there was no rape."
But Khalidi said, "We have to say this, so the Arab armies will come to liberate Palestine
from the Jews".
Although this evidence has been available in publicly
available archives since 1998, it has been almost universally ignored. For example On November 28, 2001 in an article “The Sharon files” The Guardian, repeated the fabrication
in referring to “the Palestinian village where 254 villagers were massacred in April 1948, in the most spectacular single attack in the conquest of Palestine”.
Ignoring the readily available contrary evidence, Deir Yassin continues to
be a symbol of Jewish barbarity and it is regularly quoted by anti-Israel boycott activists. The myth is kept alive by an
organization called “Deir Yassin Remembered", dedicated to perpetuating the fiction of a massacre
It is relevant to recall that this occurred in April 1948,
before the state of Israel was declared. Many have been led to believe that Deir Yassin was a quiet village just outside Jerusalem, whereas in fact it was a heavily armed Arab village harboring
some foreign militants who together with the villagers were attacking nearby Jewish neighborhoods and traffic on the Jerusalem-Tel
If Deir Yassin was in fact a quiet village, it would have
enjoyed the same fortune as other quiet villages such as the nearby village
of Abu Ghosh, which remained neutral in 1948. In an article in the Jerusalem Post in 1997, Sam Orbaum quoted Mohammed Abu
Ghosh as saying, "What we did, we did for Abu Ghosh, for nobody else. Others who lost their land, hated us then, but now
all over the Arab world, many people see we were right. If everyone did what we did, there'd be no refugee problem . . . And
if we were traitors? Look where we are, look where they are."
Deir Yassin was probably one of the earliest examples
of the effectiveness of the well- funded Arab propaganda machine and the ineptness of Israel's PR response. It was certainly an example of Israel's mea culpa syndrome, admitting guilt where none exists, that continues to this day. The fabricated story was so convincing that even the Zionist Leaders accepted
Frequent reference is made in to a statement by then agriculture,
minister Aharon Cizling, in support of the claim that atrocities did take place. In a cabinet meeting, Cizling said, "Jews
too have behaved like Nazis and my entire being is shaken". His outburst
should be seen, not as an admission of guilt, but as a manifestation of Israeli sensitivity to allegations, albeit false,
of Jewish atrocities. He was so deeply moved by the fabricated reports of the kind of behavior that is not tolerated in the
IDF doctrine, that he used the exaggerated and offensive Nazi comparison.
There have been several successful emulations of the Deir Yassin BIG LIE over the years. Notable among these was the Muhammed al Durah affair in which the
12 year old boy became the symbol of the intifada when he was caught with his father in the crossfire between IDF soldiers
and Palestinians at Netzarim Junction. In pictures filmed by a Palestinian cameraman and broadcast by French television, he
is allegedly seen shot and killed.
Israeli physicist, Nahum Shahaf, examined the evidence and claimed it was a hoax.
Among those whom Shahaf convinced, was Professor Richard Landes
of Boston University who saw the original unedited footage of the scene and produced a three-part documentary about the event,
first Pallywood, a study of systemic staging of “news” by “the
street” acting for Palestinian cameramen, (see: http://tinyurl.com/ydleswh), then a detailed analysis of the evidence
in Al Durah, Birth of an Icon (http://tinyurl.com/yaf4xvy ), and finally a study of the hoax’s
disastrous impact on global culture, Icon of Hatred (http://tinyurl.com/yajvjmo )
Meanwhile, Philippe Karsenty, head of a French media watchdog
group, accused France2 and their Middle East correspondent, Charles Enderlin, of broadcasting
staged footage. France2 sued Karsenty for defamation, and won the initial round. Professor Landes' thorough work played a
significant role in the eventual reversal of the judgment on appeal in French court, ruling that Karsenty was not guilty of
defaming Enderlin and France2. Al Dura nevertheless remains an international icon of Israel's supposed cruelty confirming
Goebbels contention that If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it,
people will eventually come to believe it