Friday, July 7, 2017

Fearing Iran in Israel

Recently Al Jazeera released an interview with an Israeli conscientious objector who went to prison because of her political positions. During the course of the interview she mentioned this anecdote.
I have a friend who, during her military service, worked at the biggest radio station in the country, which is military run. She was part of the news desk. They were ordered to start the broadcast with a news story about Iran whenever they had to report something that is critical of the military or something bad that happened - like a Palestinian being killed at a checkpoint.
They were told to go to Reuters and find something about Iran. It's like: "We do bad things sometimes at a checkpoint but there's an existential threat - a nuclear bomb, right?"

People are genuinely afraid. (Al Jazeera, June 29, 2017.)
It is rather unlikely that PCG's leaders listen to that radio station. Nevertheless I could not help but think of PCG's demonization of Iran. Even though there are many problems facing many Americans within the United States (such as Republican legislators trying to pass a bill that would take away the healthcare insurance of about 23 million Americans) the PCG leadership insist on continuously trying to make their audience frightened and scared of Iran.

Back in 1994 PCG's leader, Gerald Flurry, proclaimed Iran to be the King of the South. Consequently this gives PCG an incentive to convince their audience of that dogma in order to convince them that he is worthy of being followed.

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