Israel, Egypt Social Networking, Facebook, Twitter - People To
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Israel ---- February 12, 2011 ...... Two peoples who share a very
common historic and cultural past. Both Semitic from the desert
who embrace family values, houmus, the same wind, sun and languages
that begin from right to left.
at peace with a stable, growing trade and mutual interests in
security and tourism.
are the people from Israel and Egypt so alike?
what one hears from our governments, the answer appears to be
yes. But if you talk to the man on the street in Cairo, the answer
might be somewhat different.
that Mubarak has resigned and the revolution for democracy is
now taking hold, one must wonder what kind of new government will
it oppose or support Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran and Islamic
this new democracy allow itself to be hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood
who have declared that "democracy is bad for Egypt"
and create a new and hostile threat to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan,
Europe and the US?
has been rampant in Egypt for ages. And even though former Egypt
President Hosni Mubarak was a friend of Israel, he too suffered
from that anti-Semitism as those who despise democracy and freedom
would characterize Mubarak as a Jew in the worst manner. But even
he and his colleagues did nothing to address it.
stories and caricatures in the Egypt media have regularly featured
anti-Semitic depictions of Jews as stooped, hook-nosed, money-hungry
and conspiratorial. Israel leaders are illustrated as Nazis, while
other articles deny or diminish the Holocaust. Anti Israel and
anti Jewish conspiracy theories frequently surface, including
references to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and modern reincarnations
of the medieval blood-libel charge.
Twitter: Web 2.0 communication tools to bridge cultural divides.
has is a cold peace with Egypt. This cold peace appears to remain
in effect as the Egypt military has declared that they will honor
the peace treaties. But what about the people of Egypt? Those
who have read that Israelis drink the blood of Palestinian babies
and hate each and every Egyptian.
now faced with an image, PR challenge that it has never had to
truly address with Egypt until now.
In the last
few hours I and others from Israel have written in Arabic that
the people of Israel wish the Egyptian people long life, peace
and democracy. Many of these remarks have been met with hateful
responses. That we, the Jews are lying and that the Jews of Israel
are nothing less than lambs in the clothing of wolves.
If we truly
want a real democracy to take hold in Egypt, we must look beyond
statements coming from the Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israel Ministry
of Foreign Affairs. If we truly want a democracy to develop and
grow in Egypt with a warm peace between Egypt and Israel the responsibility
should not remain solely on the shoulders of the Mossad, CIA,
NSA, the US State Department and the English and France Ministries
of Foreign Affairs.
For as it
has been said, a peace between peoples is far more potent than
a peace between governments.
never been a more sensitive time for the survival of Israel than
We need not a hostile threat coming from the south, nor does the
IDF need a new front to mobilize upon.
a peoples PR campaign aimed and targeted towards the good people
of Egypt. We need to take to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and
let the Egyptian hear directly from us that we are not their enemies.
That we share similar goals and values. That our past, our present
and future historical, cultural and political ties should be determined
by all we have in common - not by any differences that can be
exploited by Jihadists who wish to destroy any healthy relationship.
to the ADL,
if one were to ask the average Egyptian what a Jew looks like,
it would not be surprising after the Egyptian media has consistently
used derogatory images of Jews and Judaism if he or she described
a dark, bearded, hooknosed man clad in black with a demonic
appearance. The Egyptian might say Judaism is a sinister religion,
based upon cabals and blood rituals, whose purpose is to corrupt
and destroy Islam as part of a plan to rule the world. Israelis
need to set the record straight by creating direct and friendly
contact with Egyptians through Facebook and Twitter.
News Agency asks of every Israeli, of every Jew to change
their profile picture in the Facebook and Twitter to that of the
Egypt and Israel flags as seen in this news story. To join every
Egypt room on Facebook, every thread on Twitter and using Google
Translate to state in their native Arab language that Israel wishes
the people of Egypt only long life, peace, democracy and prosperity.
has been a good friend for the last three decades and wishes to
be even a better friend with greater trade and tourism between
these two great nations.
establishment of peace between Israel and Egypt, the two countries
have developed trade relations in a number of realms, such as
textiles, machinery, chemicals, vegetables and cotton. The peace
treaty clearly specifies that Israel will purchase Egyptian oil
on a regular basis.
establishment of relations, there is tourism between the Israel
and Egypt, with the Sinai Peninsula a popular site for Israeli
visitors - especially in the summer months. The flow of Egyptian
and foreign tourists to Israel from Egypt has steadily been growing.
be those who will say let the Egyptians say something nice first.
To these people, I can only respond by saying that we must view
Egyptian mentality as having been somewhat crippled, brainwashed
by anti-Semitic propaganda. We must take the first step by openly
declaring on Facebook and Twitter our admiration for Egypt, for
their rich history, their culture and our condolences for those
who died for democracy.
We must invite
them to visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. We must create inexpensive
tourism packages and warmly greet them at the airport.
We must communicate
that we are human beings whose only agenda is to live side by
side in a real and lasting peace for which our children and our
children's children shall enjoy and prosper from.
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