Japan Demands Explanations from Israel on Facebook Attack
he who saved one soul, has saved an entire world— Mishnah
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Daniel Seaman is a senior member of Netanyahu's Administration. Until August 13, 2013, he was Deputy Director General for Information at the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Before that, he had been Director of the Israel Government Press Office. He also was advisor and spokesperson to the Governments of Ariel Sharon, Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin and Yitzhak Shamir.
On that day, he was promoted into a newly formed job, tailored especially for him within the Prime Minister Bureau. He was to head the Interactive State Unit in the National Explanation Headquarters, a nice name for a state-propaganda unit.
The images below show other pearls uttered by this racist; if he were Christian or Muslim, the ADL lawyers would have jailed him a long time ago. Yet, this time even the State of Israel won't help him. Before publishing the Japanese entry, he should have asked the person sitting next office, PM Netanyahu, what are the Israeli interests in Japan.
On paper, the commercial relations between Japan and Israel are unimportant to both countries. Israel exports to Japan slightly less than $1 billion per year and imports a little over that. Both economies are mutually independent and can survive without relations.
Yet, this assessment is a good example of a bad use of statistics. The commerce between these two nations is highly diversified. Israel exports polished diamonds, electrical equipment, chemical products, machinery, and citrus fruit while Japanese exports cars, machinery, electrical equipment, and chemical products.
This diversity is a show of stability, independence of the one-commodity-market problem, and of a potential for growth into new areas. Both countries are valued clients of each other.
Thus, the link transcends its formal trade value.
God Bless Subaru!
The picture was retouched from an October 2010 incident in which East Jerusalem resident and City of David Foundation head David Be'eri drove into two Palestinian children with his Subaru vehicle in Silwan after they hurled rocks at him; he claims it was an accident. The use of a Subaru car in the attack was casual, on the other hand, the use of the incident's picture in an ad was intentional and a reminder of the oddly symbiotic relation between Subaru and Israel.
Soon after the Six-Day War, a violent period known as the Attrition War begun. It was a guerrilla war, which became the prototype of the Intifadas. During this period, Israel changed rapidly. The basis for its actual road network was constructed; the industry expanded rapidly. After failing to create a car industry, Israel needed a source of vehicles in order to continue its growth. The Arab Boycott intensified after the Yom Kippur War in 1973, making it almost impossible for the country to buy cars.
The boycott was imposed with the establishment of the Arab League in 1945. Japan was its most strict follower due to its oil dependence. In 1968, Toyota, Honda, and Nissanóthe three largest Japanese automobile manufacturersówere explicitly warned by boycott officials not to sell in Israel. Mitsubishi and Mazda dutifully followed their lead.
In contrast to these industrial mastodons, back then, Subaru didn't export cars. This situation created an overlap in interests between Subaru and Israel. In 1969, Subaru selected Israel as its first export market; soon afterwards, "Subaru" became a synonym for "car" in Hebrew. Even nowadays, this secondary player in the Japanese automobile industry accounts for a large percentage of the vehicles crowding Israeli roads.
Only in the 1980s other Japanese producers entered the Israeli market. Daihatsu in 1983, Suzuki in 1985, Mitsubishi in 1988, and the giant Toyota only in 1991.
As a minor player, Subaru favored the niche of quirky cars, cheap boxes aimed at the lowest segments of the market. This fitted the Israeli market well; both the state and the car company developed strong relations along the years. Yet, once the other Japanese companies penetrated the Israeli market, Subaru couldn't expect to keep its strong position. At this point, in an act of gratitude, Subaru got Jewish image-counseling and help in its public relations.
Mitsubishi displaced Subaru from the top place in that market. Soon afterwards, in 1989, Subaru introduced the Legacy. It was its first departure from the quirky-cars industry; Subaru began looking upmarket. In 1993 came the Impreza and that sealed the change.
Since then, the company's image has been on the rise, and apparently in the coming years, it will be a main player in all upscale segments. Yet, none of its new models is essentially better than the models they are competing against. This is a formidable change, and includes implicit help from the outside. (see Subaru, Random House, and Israel)
A company cannot manipulate its image and public appearance by itself; the result is invariably awkward and considered troubling and on the verge of fraudulent. Subaru got massive help from outside players in the publishing industry, which along the years has made an impossible transformation in Subaru's image. This can be illustrated by an Indian carmaker named Tata. Despite thorough efforts of this huge company, its image is as quirky as it was in the 1960s. Even its shiny Nano car failed to change its image. Tata doesn't have external help.
Japan and Israel had developed their commercial relations into the political level. Ignoring this, a senior member of the Israeli Administration insulted Japan during its most painful commemoration day.
Japan Demands Explanation
The publication on Facebook on August 8 didn't bring any Japanese reaction. Was that an overlook or an attempt to ignore a silly error by a valued partner? We will never know. Only yesterday, after the Facebook post was widely publicized "a senior member of the Japanese Embassy in Tel Aviv," an indirect allusion to the Ambassador, approached Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and demanded explanations from the State "on the attack on the Japanese people on the page of Mr. Seaman on August 8."
On the same day, Seaman was instructed to stop all his official tasks. Israel has not yet responded formally to the Japanese Government.
Mishnah and Quran condemn the State
Being one of the most senior propaganda-officers of the State of Israel, Mr. Seaman has a knack for his trade. His words against the Japanese people were not only an open insult but also contained a great deal of Goebbels-style propaganda.
The attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with Weapons of Mass Destruction were aimed at a civilian population. As such, they were War Crimes by international definitions. The fact that the perpetrators consider themselves above law doesn't change that.
Jews like to remind—especially during Holocaust Day—a line from the Mishnah, the Talmud. There are two versions. The original one refers to the moral teaching, the second is its derivate to witnesses' behavior. The source can be translated as he who saved one soul, has saved an entire world.
Islam claims the same. The Quran says "Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land—it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one—it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors" (5:33 Sahih International Translation).
Mr. Seaman, I know that you were responsible for neither Hiroshima nor Nagasaki. It is not that I trust any claims by the Israeli Government; simply, you are too young. However, in the IDF you served in the Paratroopers Commando unit. Let me phrase the following softly, you have seen killings of unarmed civilians.
Let me explain to you the Mishnah quote above by rephrasing it in a way you can personally relate to: he who kills one soul, has killed an entire world. There is no justification for that.
What if on the eve of Holocaust Day, a Japanese Government official had published in his Facebook page "I am sick of the Jewish, Human Rights and Peace groups the world over holding their annual self righteous commemorations for the Holocaust?" How many miliseconds would have taken for the State of Israel to cry murder and sue them?
The Japanese have the right to mourn their dead. It shows that they have loved them.++ It shows their humanity, but you obviously don't understand what love means.
++ Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
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