Friday, June 15, 2007

A Truth Optional World

It was a year in the planning. A “massive” march on Washington was planned for June 10, 2007. Over 300 organizations endorsed it. The theme: “ The world says “No” to Israeli Occupation”

In a memo to Participants in the June 10, 2007 March on Washington, The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice declared “This will be a large protest.”

More optimistic rhetoric appeared at the DC Indymedia, regarding selling this story to the press:
“Insist that they get a wide-shot of the crowd. The camera lens can be very narrow. It's one thing to say 'a hundred thousand people', and quite another to show it.”

The trouble is, no one came.

Mass media reported “hundreds”

DC Indymedia claimed “1,000".

The progressive community was left shaking their heads in disbelief. What do you do when reality and rhetoric don’t line up? Well, in the time honored tradition of the Israel-bashers, you lie.

According to organizing committee’s press release, "DC Protest against Israeli Occupation Big Success!” The organizers continue on to claim 5,000 participants.

Did we expect anything different? Not really. It’s a truth optional world for the Israel-bashers.

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