The Backlash

Well, it’s been about a week since Canary Mission launched and every day has been an adventure. We have seen amazing feedback, people who realize that what we’re doing is important and vital in the fight against those who seek the destruction of freedom. We have also seen the very worst of people- the screamers, the threateners, the “human rights advocates” and the hate-mongers. Of course we expected them. They run the dialogue of Twitter and Facebook, they were bound to find us as well. But the volume, the nastiness and the absolute inability to dialogue has left us dumbfounded. You see, that is the way of those who seek our fall. There is no room for dialogue, no ability to listen- there is just smash and kill, blame and shriek. It is impossible for them to believe that there are two sides to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. It is unheard of that maybe anti-Semitism is creeping like a plague onto college campuses, being aided and abetted by the growing list of threatening and hate-fomenting organizations like Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. It is beyond the realm of their comprehension that maybe we are doing this not out of Islamophobia or racism, but exactly the opposite. That we are highlighting radicalism in order to end the racial divide that we see on campus and start a dialogue over how to fix things. Maybe, just maybe, the solution is not for America to be called a force for evil in this world or for Israel to be thrown into the sea. Maybe there is another way.

But, no. That is not the world we live in. People on Twitter and Facebook would rather use racial epithets (the amount of times we’ve been referred to as “nasty Jews” would astound you) and ask for us to be transparent with who we are and how we are funded. Let’s delve a little deeper into that issue for a second. Why is it so important who we are? Maybe you want to know so you can threaten us, discredit us or punish us. Many of our detractors just want to know who we are so they can physically harm us.

But then we think “That can’t be! These people seem so upset about the fact that these anti-freedom activists’ privacy is being violated…obviously they realize the hypocrisy in wanting to violate our privacy, right?” Wrong! Anyone who stands “on principle”, demanding our names and addresses is doing so for the EXACT reasons that they think we are publicizing the information on our website. Except we are doing it so that maybe it will act as a deterrent for students who want to spend their college careers demonstrating against democratic countries.

      We knew there would be a huge outcry from enemies of Israel and the US – we expected it. Canary Mission is an entirely new path in the fight for freedom and democracy. Canary Mission is part of a bigger movement- one that pro-actively seeks to protect and defend freedom and curb rising worldwide hatred and radicalism. We may be using a different angle than traditional advocacy, but the war for the hearts and minds of world opinion is multi-faceted. It’s a beautiful and important thing to project a truthful positive image of America and Israel and that no matter what, there will always be those who seek to destroy that image for their own radical agendas.

       The most important thing to remember is that Canary Mission is not making this up. We’re not weaving some horrible narrative about these wonderful and peaceful young students who just try and make their way quietly through four years of university. These are young people who align themselves with organizations who make the destruction of our Western values their goal and purpose. These are the people who then draft BDS resolutions and bring them to a vote time and time again until they’re passed – resolutions whose end goal is nothing short of the dissolution of the State of Israel. They are people who run for student government offices, so they can wield their power against the pro-Israel students on campus. They invite speakers who rail against Israel and the West, as honored guests. These are students who intimidate with mock checkpoints and “apartheid walls” and post mock eviction notices in campus dormitories. These are people who block appointments of students to positions in student government based on their “pro-Israel” status. And what does Canary Mission actually do? Do we modify their pictures, or distort their videos and words? No. We aggregate all the things they have done and they have said, and we present it to the public.

        If you are someone who thinks that being a pro-Palestinian advocate has nothing to do with any of this, that’s fine. This website wouldn’t be directed towards you. You may even be an employer who finds this distasteful behavior, positive- that’s fine too. But we think we have hit a nerve. All of you detractors who hate what Canary Mission is doing, realize how important our work is. You’re not used to us speaking up. You’re used to us being quiet and polite, talking about American values or Israeli hi-tech. Perhaps, it terrifies you that a group of pro-freedom advocates are actually calling you out on the rising tide of hatred that you are bringing to North American campuses. And if this, indeed is the case, stay tuned, we are not going away. The civilized world needs what we are doing.

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how is it anti-Western, anti-Freedom, anti-etc, for anyone to voice their opinion about Israeli policy? You freely state your position on the Palestinians… should anyone else not be allowed to say what they want about Israel?

    You are missing the point. Everyone in a democracy is free to say what they want about Israel [just as you can criticise Israel from within] but once those lies have been claimed then we should NAME AND SHAME. I believe that Canary Mission is an amazing organisation and one that is sorely needed in the UK. Every single day journalists and professors on our campuses disseminate lies and misinformation not only about Israel but also about Jews themselves and they are not prevented from saying what they want to. But we CAN name and shame. And I will.

    Define ‘not allowed’. They have no problem voicing their opinions. They just want to do it without consequences. We happen to think that opposing Israel is racist and cowardly, and that anyone who wants to be made aware that Israel’s enemies are racist cowards should have that information available.

    Anyway, Jew-haters teake care of each other. These creeps will have no problem working for the UN, the New Israel Fund, the Ford Foundation, and any of George Soros’ dozens of front groups and think tanks.

This is hilarious, I love satire! You should write for The Onion, I hear they are hiring.

Bravo and good luck. No more the timid Jew.

Such convoluted reasoning at work here. First, you’re equating anti-semitism with the idea of imposing sanctions, boycots and divestments on regimes engaging in behaviour that is deemed unacceptable, which is quite common. Would you argue that the sanction regimes levied against say, Russia and Iran, and for many years, Cuba carry the same hateful motivations? Would you classify the sanctions levied against Apartheid South Africa in the ’80s as racist, biggoted, hateful or anti-African? If not, then why is it different when Israel is involved?

Moreover, Canary Mission loves to throw the term anti-freedom around, please do explain how opposing the occupation of the Palestinian territories is anti-freedom, and while you’re at it, do feel free to explain how occupation and the relentless building of illegal settlements on occupied territory constitutes, being pro-freedom. Do note, that being opposed to Israeli policies does not constitute condoning Hamas’ behavior, though with that being said, Israeli policy feeds Hamas’ behaviour in the same way that Hamas’ behavior fuels Israeli policy.

<b>Many of our detractors just want to know who we are so they can physically harm us.</b>

And maybe you make their whereabouts public hoping someone can physically harm them. Sound crazy? That’s how you sound. The intent of CP is clearly to cause harm to the people it profiles, and this is apparently justified by the frankly paranoid suspicion that they want to harm you, personally. The reasoning at work here is deeply flawed.

<b>Wrong! Anyone who stands “on principle”, demanding our names and addresses is doing so for the EXACT reasons that they think we are publicizing the information on our website</b>

Don’t you find it a little hypocritical to be whinging about protecting your own privacy while completely disregarding the privacy of others, and worse, trying to deflect attention away from that by pointing out their own hypocrisy. It’s always someone else, isn’t it, you’re incapable of doing wrong, the Bibi maneuver, I think it’s called.

If it’s not okay when they do it, then it isn’t okay when you do it either. mis-labling them as "anti-freedom" activists doesn’t change that. Conversely, if it’s okay for you to do it, it’s okay for them to do it. You can’t play it both ways.

<b>Except we are doing it so that maybe it will act as a deterrent for students who want to spend their college careers demonstrating against democratic countries.</b>

So you’re doing it to intimidate students into staying quiet, lovely. I do appreciate the suggestion that a country’s actions and policies are supposed to get a free pass, no matter how heinous, solely due to procedure through which their leaders are chosen. Democracy isn’t a free pass, and in no universe is demonstrating against bad, oppressive policy anti-freedom.

<b>We knew there would be a huge outcry from enemies of Israel and the US – we expected it. Canary Mission is an entirely new path in the fight for freedom and democracy.</b>

Intimidating students and activists into shying away from free expression and attempting to silence once side of the debate is not fighting for freedom. It’s like invading countries, forcing regime change and installing puppet governments in the name of democracy.

<b>It’s a beautiful and important thing to project a truthful positive image of America and Israel</b>

And if the truth is negative and ugly, what then? Redefine the truth?

<b> These are the people who then draft BDS resolutions and bring them to a vote time and time again until they’re passed</b>

I’m pleased to see that BDS’ has become so successful that fear mongering is necessary. When my institution of higher learning passed BDS, and through the whole campaigning process, the vast majority of the hostility on campus was coming from the anti-BDS camp, funny that, isn’t it?

The second part is quite amusing to me, it’s like condemning candidates in elections time and time again until they win. That’s a feature of democracy, can’t really claim to fight for democracy when you don’t understand that. Fight for Israeli interests and honour, fight because you feel personally victimized by opposition to Israel, fight because of any number of reasons, but don’t pretend to fight for democracy.

Have the residents of the Gaza Strip and West Bank been given the right to vote yet, while their lands are occupied and settlements built in them? If not, how can you even pretend to fight for democracy and freedom? Ruling over these people and not giving them a voice is the antithesis of democracy. Advocating and defending these policies is the work of an anti-democracy and anti-freedom activist. See the difference? Criticizing a democratic government isn’t anti-democratic, it’s the cornerstone of democracy, the right to dissent.

<b>resolutions whose end goal is nothing short of the dissolution of the State of Israel.</b>

The intention as I’ve understood it, has been to levy economic pressure against Israel for the purpose of compelling the Knesset to back down from its policies which are near universally agreed to be in violation of international law.

that being said, some resolutions include the "right of return" as a concession demanded from Israel, and in that case, we partially agree. The intend may not be to outright destroy Israel, but the effect is the demographic destruction of Israel. A Jewish state cannot exist with a majority non-Jewish population. But nuance’ing further, a Jewish state cannot exist with such a large non-Jewish population, and in many cases they aren’t there by choice, but because the Palestinian territories are under Israeli occupation (and thus de facto a part of Israel).

It would seem to me, that the two-state solution outlined in the Oslo Accords would be a decent compromise to that conundrum, though I’m sure you’ll find a way to spin that as anti-freedom and anti-democracy.

<b>They are people who run for student government offices, so they can wield their power against the pro-Israel students on campus.</b>

Are you suggesting they be barred from running for student government? And on that same line of reasoning would you advocate also barring the pro-Israel camp from running for such positions so that they cannot wield their power against the non pro-Israel camp? Or are you suggesting that while, as you mention above, there are indeed two sides to every story, only the pro-Israel side may be allowed to be told?

<b>They invite speakers who rail against Israel and the West, as honored guests. </b>

And what’s your point of contention there exactly? Freedom of expression and the free marketplace of ideas is another cornerstone of democracy. You cannot claim to be fighting for democracy while condemning its core concepts. People are allowed to hold different opinions, have different views, and to disagree on all kinds of matters, that’s what makes a democracy.

<b>These are students who intimidate with mock checkpoints and “apartheid walls” and post mock eviction notices in campus dormitories.</b>

And there are people who intimidate with real checkpoints, real "apartheid walls" and post real evictions… In the occupied territories.

<b>These are people who block appointments of students to positions in student government based on their “pro-Israel” status.</b>

Isn’t one of the openly stated points of Canary Mission to do the same to others based on their non pro-Israel stance? Another case of "it’s okay when we do it"?

<b>And what does Canary Mission actually do? Do we modify their pictures, or distort their videos and words? No. We aggregate all the things they have done and they have said, and we present it to the public.</b>

You frame it as something it isn’t. As "enemies of freedom and democracy", as "anti-semitic".

<b> If you are someone who thinks that being a pro-Palestinian advocate has nothing to do with any of this, that’s fine. This website wouldn’t be directed towards you. </b>

I sincerely have my doubts about that.

<b>All of you detractors who hate what Canary Mission is doing, realize how important our work is.</b>

I don’t hate Canary Mission, and I would class your work as petty. If you were exposing real anti-semites and real threats, rather than trying to injure people on the grounds of the intentional and false equivocation of anti-semitism and opposing Israel’s policies, then your work would be important, and I’d applaud and encourage it.

<b>You’re not used to us speaking up. You’re used to us being quiet and polite, talking about American values or Israeli hi-tech.</b>

No, I’m used to having Israeli and American propaganda rammed down my throat at every occasion. But that’s okay.

<b>Perhaps, it terrifies you that a group of pro-freedom advocates are actually calling you out on the rising tide of hatred that you are bringing to North American campuses.</b>

What terrifies me is that you might genuinely believe that you’re "pro-freedom", and are so indoctrinated that you don’t even realize that you’re promoting hatred, censorship and misinformation, you’re no better, and you lack the courage to make your identities known*, you’re quite worse. You’re not "pro-freedom advocates", you’re Pro-Israel (arguably anti-everyone else advocates) advocates and there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you’re honest about the distinction. You’re quite dishonest on that front.

  • = I’m not the one publically shaming people

    If this were a Palestinian site your post would never have been published, Canary Mission is way overdue to counter the crude Palestinian propaganda.

    This long winded anti-Israeli rhetoric is exactly what Canarymission.org is here to expose. This site is for freedom of speech and guess what? They are exercising it just as all the countries in the Middle East won’t allow, yet use the privilege of our freedom to spout lies and accusations about Israel that depend entirely on the a couple of foundation lies that if exposed belie every accusation and complaint.

    So what are the false foundation of anti-Israel rhetoric?

    Lie number 1. Palestine is a historic nation that has been displaced by Israel. Not True. There is actually no such nation as Palestine and the entire history of the existence of such a nation is fabricated.

    Lie number 2. "Israel is an oppressive regime". Not True, there is only one country in the Middle east that is not an oppressive regime and that is Israel. Israel is under threat of extinction from external nations that are continuously attacking them in every way possible and terrorism by the so-called Palestinians who justify their murderous activities with lies like this garbage above.

    This is a common argument. If the people are doing the right thing, then people will know it and you should thank Canary Mission for saluting these courageous heroes. And if they are doing the wrong thin, then the public and especially responsible employers need to be warned. I wouldn’t want one of these terrorists shining my shoes.

    Well done on an intelligent and well articulated posts. Don’t expect a thoughtful reply. These people are liars and thieves. Why should you expect intelligent discourse from those who steal land and kill women and children. Liars and thieves smh.

    BDS is a front group for the PLO. The founder of BDS Barghouti states, ‘Most definitely we are opposed to a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.’

    If Palestinians want a homeland, why have they rejected all offers? In 2000, Palestinians were offered everything they asked for…West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem…plus a $30 million. Why did they reject an offer that gave them everything they asked for?

    There was no occupation of disputed territories or settlements before 1967…yet innocent Israelis were blown up, the PLO charter called for the genocide of Jews and two genocidal wars were launched against Israel.
    Why do you think Palestinians waged war and committed acts of terror before there was an ‘occupation’ or settlements?
    Why do you think there was an Arab boycott before any occupation or settlements?

Good luck with this. When is the UK version coming? You could start with certain Members of Parliament and a few "journalists".

Hey dude your mom wants to know when you’ll be done ranting on your blog so you can wash the dishes and take out the trash.

No living in your parent’s basement for free, gotta pull your weight.

This Roman Catholic stands with Israel, good luck with the site. Simply holding a mirror up to these people causes fits of rage when presented with their own ugly wish for genocide of Israel.

Now wait for the anti-Israel posters from the Guardian and Haaretz.These trolls will come running to post their BS here….
BTW the Guardian has more than it’s fair share of these BDS supporters….Take way the D away from BDS…..And you are left with BS…….

Israel happens to be the safest place bar none for Muslims Christians or whatever to live work and play…Most Palestinians would gladly give an arm and a leg to move to live in Israel…..

Well done guys !! I was glad to see you picked up on the Soda Stream thing. They make an excellent Christmas Present BTW.

This website is disgusting, you have no idea how much of a slander this is and how you might be ruining someones life. You have no facts on whether some of these individuals have committed "hateful actions," all you have have are misinterpreted posts that can potentially ruin someones life. I hope employers see this and think its pathetic, all these individuals should be given the right to represent themselves, not for someone behind a screen to do it for them.

    Are you posting the same exact comment on every blog post? My reply –

    Why so upset? Why is it slander, and how will it ruin their lives? They are not children and they have chosen their actions and are obviously proud of them. If you agree then they can put it on their resumes and get great jobs. Perhaps you and they secretly know that what they are doing is wrong.

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