Our neighbor Y has asked me to update his wife S's story (back here). He writes as follows:
S's Paris-based boss, the CFO of her company, was shocked to find out yesterday, while speaking with her on the phone, that missiles and rockets actually fall on Be'er Sheva!
After having been upset with him (and the rest of her French colleagues) for not calling over the past two weeks to ask how are they getting along in Be'er-Sheva, he called yesterday to talk about work. Suddenly, the siren went off, and S apologized politely, saying she has to go to the Mamad (bomb shelter).
He replied with a very loud WHAT???? and was shocked to learn that Be'er-Sheva, along with all the other nearby Israeli towns, was under fire.
Now, we are not talking about a peasant from Provence who couldn't care less about foreign news; this is an intelligent person, working in the field of mass-media, watching the news. The only information he receives through TV is that Israel is flattening Gaza and its citizens.
He apologized and said he feels terrible for being so ignorant, but is there a better example for the combination of bad hasbara (PR) and simple anti-Israelism? (I think I just made that word up).
S and Y, thanks for the update. And I believe the term you're looking for is anti-semitism. 'Nuff said.
Keep the balance,
Addendum: Here's one of the more balanced articles on offer c/o the New York Times.