rename "rachel corrie" the "gilad shalit"

By happygoldfish
June 5, 2010

from my little bowl, i notice that israel's pr is terrible

israel needs to "get with it", both in terms of speed and content

ships like the "marmara" are not a problem, they are an opportunity

unfortunately, in the public relations war, it is israel which "never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity"

the "rachel corrie" is another opportunity, but it must be seized immediately …

the palestinians' pr method, of renaming a ship, can be turned against them …

by renaming the "rachel corrie as the "gilad shalit"

once the ship is captured, the old name should be painted over, or covered with a banner, and since news media always refer to the name of the ship, they will feel obliged to at least mention the new name

i see gilad shalit temporarily becoming a household name, and israeli spokespersons issuing such statements as

"we are sure that rachel corrie would have protested against gilad shalit's four years of solitary confinement"


"to hamas: if you release our gilad shalit, we will release your gilad shalit"

i see ashdod harbour filled with israeli banners saying "welcome gilad shalit"

i see all the humanitarian aid stamped "from gilad shalit"

i see a lot from my little bowl!



Sat, 06/05/2010 - 11:53

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Excellent ideas!!


Sat, 06/05/2010 - 20:07

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It's a wonder this latest batch of activists didn't try to underline their humanitarian credentials by offering to take that package and letter ftom Gilad Shalit's father to his son - isn't it?


Sat, 06/05/2010 - 20:19

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And another thing...
Although I didn't very much like the attempt by Israel a few years ago to change its brand image through travel ads featuring bikini girls, I do think that the time has come to groom an articulate, charming, presntable civilian woman to be an alternative to men in suits like the stalwart and sterling Mark Regev. I think it might do wonders for hasbara. It might help if the selected applicant was a raven-tressed, olive-complexioned Sephardi type, to balance the comely Avital of the IDF, and to underscore in the viewers' minds the roots of Israelis in the Middle East.
There's something about the sabra accent which should prove very enticing ...

Jonathan Hoffman

Sat, 06/05/2010 - 23:51

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Fri, 06/11/2010 - 18:11

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Indeed goldfish - fiendishly clever! Would go down brilliantly in the west, where anyone who knows the name, will remember that an unarmed and defenceless US girl called Rachel Corrie was deliberately run over and brutally killed by an Israeli army bulldozer, while trying to defend unarmed palestinian civilians.

As grasshopper, I bow before your superior PR skills master goldfish.


Sat, 06/12/2010 - 20:39

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steveabbott: Rachel Corrie was deliberately run over and brutally killed by an Israeli army bulldozer, while trying to defend unarmed palestinian civilians.

rachel corrie was doing what the ship "rachel corrie" has been doing … supporting the right of racists to kill israeli civilians

the bulldozer was helping (i'm getting my facts from wikipedia) to destroy guerilla hideouts and tunnels for smuggling weapons just inside the Egyptian border

no palestinian civilians were in the bulldozer's path, nor even palestinian buildings, since at the time the bulldozer was only engaged in clearing rubble (terrain levelling and debris clearing)

ism member joe smith carr told uk channel 4 …

"We were horribly surprised. They had been careful not to hurt us. They'd always stopped before."

it is accepted that the driver has restricted vision … and nobody has ever even suggested a possible motive

there is no reason other than prejudice to assume that the driver knew she was in the way


Sat, 06/12/2010 - 21:55

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Hear, hear, Goldfish!

jose (not verified)

Thu, 06/24/2010 - 18:56

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by renaming the "rachel corrie as the "gilad shalit"

It is easy to believe one can do better than others, especially when others obviously failed. But let's not delude ourselves: that kind of action would fail just as much as the rest of what Israel tried.

Just because Israel is not anymore the David against the Goliath Arab countries that were attacking it. Now Goliath fears to attack David, and this exchanged the parts, Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah being seen as the weak one and Israel the strong one.

Israelis have built a state in a handful of years, a state with achievements that some may look with envy especially in the field of scientific research, despite the terrible conditions of an unfriendly political environment. But for being pitied by others, it is a disadvantage.


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