Hamas, the terrorist organization turned governing power in the recent Palestinian elections, is paying $180,000 to a local media consultant to help them remake their image, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper.
Said Hamas PR man Nashat Aqtash, who works from Ramallah in the West Bank:
"Hamas has an image problem. The Israelis were able to create a very bad image of the Palestinians in general and particularly Muslims and Hamas. My contract is to project the right image."
Wow, and I thought being Pat Robertson’s PR person was the shortest straw you could draw.
According to the Guardian, following is the advice Aqtash gave Hamas to remake its image around the world. The “reality” statements, however, are mine:
Advice: Say you are not against Israelis as Jews.
Reality: Say you are against Israelis, Jews, and any person or country who supports Israelis or Jews.
Advice: Don’t talk about destroying Israel.
Reality: Publish brochures, give speeches and teach schoolchildren to pray for the destruction of Israel.
Advice: Do talk about Palestinian suffering.
Reality: Hold rallies for TV cameras to whip up sympathy, while ignoring the real issues and hardships of everyday Palestinians.
Advice: Don’t celebrate killing people.
Reality: Kill people and then dance in the streets.
There is one potentially delicious irony in all this – it’s possible that the $180,000 to tell the world Hamas doesn’t want to destroy Israel came from Iran, a country that wants to destroy Israel. If that’s true, maybe Iran will decide it needs a PR consultant, too.