Counter-Rhetoric – Challenging “conventional wisdom” & reframing the conflict. This is the title of a pamphlet put out by the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, written by Emily Schaeffer, Jeff Halper & Jimmy Johnson.  It’s a very useful publication since it provides a clear, concise message that frames the dialogue in the context of international law, human rights and justice and does it in short soundbites.  Here’s an example:

Conventional wisdom: “The land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.”

Challenge: “It’s a genuine historical tie but not exclusive. Jews were the majority in this land for only some 1,900 of 10,000 years of modern history and were the governing authority for even less. Exclusively maintaining the land ignores the 21st century reality, one in which Jews have lived outside of Israel for centuries and must accommodate the other populations who have lived, and continue to live here. .. Jews have no more and no less, a right to the land than any of the others who have populated land, including the Arabs (1200 years).”

The pamphlet is available for £1.50 from ICAHD-UK,


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