Fans of the club, who include Netanyahu, are notorious for their anti-Arab incitement. True to form, fans greeted the news of the Emirati investment with their trademark call of “Death to the Arabs.”
I take some comfort in knowing that the sordid embrace of Israel by Arab regimes – driven by ignorance, selfish interests and greed – is overwhelmingly unpopular among the people of the region.
But I’m still worried. I see intense, well-funded efforts to brainwash the next generation into believing that it is good to embrace Israel as it violates international law, and to hell with the Palestinians.
That’s why we are fighting back.
This week, The Electronic Intifada published a big exposé of one such brainwashing effort, called Nas Daily.
Nas Daily publishes short, lighthearted videos from around the world showcasing the travels of a young Palestinian citizen of Israel called Nuseir Yassin. The videos are seemingly harmless fun.
But Nas Daily has millions of followers on Facebook – a platform Yassin also uses to promote propaganda that whitewashes Israel’s crimes and smears the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.
Yassin – who admits to accepting money from governments – is also making propaganda videos on behalf of the UAE.
Palestinians have called for a boycott of Nas Daily because they want the world to know that he and the pro-Israel messages in his videos do not represent them.
I’m happy to say our story about Nas Daily went viral.
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I believe we must educate and warn people about the manipulative, feel-good propaganda like Nas Daily that aims to deflect attention from Israel’s oppression and even paint it as a benefactor.
It’s even more dangerous when a Palestinian like Yassin is willing to be used in this deceptive manner.