Five Strategies

Five Strategies used by the Israel Lobby to silence critics. Recorded for Press TV.

1. Infiltration
Get alongside your opponent and try and turn them, buy them, befriend them, bring them on-side. If that doesn’t work, move to level 2.

2. Intimidation
Don’t like what they are saying or writing? Then bombard them with emails, letters and phone calls. Put them on the defensive. Intimidate them with accusations of anti-semitism, holocaust denial, etc. If that doesn’t work, move to level 3.

3. Isolation
If you can’t stop them, isolate them. Limit the damage they can do by making them a pariah. Intimidate others by smearing them with ‘guilt-by-association’, with accusations or insinuations. If necessary, threaten to withdraw any funding provided in #1. If that doesn’t work move to level 4.

4. Incrimination
Associate them with criminal activity, with sex abuse, terrorism, incitement, anything to arouse the interest of the authorities. If that doesn’t work, consider level 5.

Kevin Miller (one of the brilliant script writers for With God on our Side) is working on an expanded list:

Ignore — they always start by hoping you’ll just go away.
Insult — if you don’t go away, they’ll ridicule you or make you out to be a nut.
Intimidate — when simple mockery fails, the gloves come off and they bombard you with emails.
Isolate — then they seek to divide and conquer by intimidating others to isolate you.
Incriminate — they frame or smear you and force you to defend yourself with legal fees.
Incarcerate — when all else fails, as judge and jury, they put your life in the crosshairs.
Immolate — and it will probably appear as suicide (because eliminate begins with an ‘e’).

You can read more in the Hasbara Handbook here
For an expose on the Hasbara see Richard Silverstein here