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The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Avoiding Damaging Words in the Battle of Narratives:
Guide for Making Intelligent Choices
By Michael Perloff
Author’s Comments and Assumptions
The goal of this Guide is to reduce the use of counterproductive terminology that distorts and obscures the issues in this battle of narratives.
Using accurate terms is a key weapon in countering the propaganda and lies being used against Israel. Original source material, including testimonies and official documents, has been used whenever possible.
No consideration has been given to government policy, political correctness, or conventional wisdom. Nor was there a concern that this document could be interpreted as representing either a left wing or right wing perspective. Only evidence matters.
A main assumption is that mainstream Arab leaders mean what they say, write and teach their children about Israel and Jews regarding their objective to ultimately replace Israel with another Arab state.
A second assumption is that Israel’s vision as expressed in the Declaration of Independence is still valid today. That it speaks of cooperation, peace, and reconciliation with their Arab neighbors remains a very real objective.
A third assumption is that most people who accept the Palestinian Arab narrative do so out of ignorance, misinformation and misconceptions about this conflict.
Another assumption is that criticism of Israel is not a symptom of anti-Semitism unless special standards or definitions are applied to the world’s only Jewish state.
Lastly, assuming that this Terminology Guide will be used by people who are already knowledgeable and pro-Israel, it contains minimal supporting documentation.