Know any Martin Luther King jokes? Shlomo Blass does, and his audience is the butt of it.
Blass is the founder and proprietor of Rogatka, an Israeli media production company that works for clients as diverse as the Likud party, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, and StandWithUs. (Wait—did I say “diverse”?)
Recently, Ali Abunimah reported on a new Rogatka video created for an Israeli settler organization, and Allison Deger dug up another video credited to Rogatka, honoring Martin Luther King’s supposed commitment to Israel.
Sure enough, Blass’s Rogatka website claims credit for the creation of the King video, from 2008.
But contrast that video with “Kazabubu the Jewish Cannibal,” a 2010 skit produced by Blass’s other company, Latma, and you get to see the totality of his hypocrisy, cynicism, duplicity, and racism. It starts at 5:36 or so.
Both videos serve the same purpose, but are geared toward different audiences. A few screenshots:
Blass is the head director of Latma, which produced “We Con the World” and “Christmas in Eurabia” (of the “muslim-immigrants-will-rape-your-white-daughters” fame). He is also responsible for the Danny Ayalon West Bank video, which was a remake of a settler video also produced by Blass.
Shlomo Blass, performing in wig and eyeglasses, from “We Con the World”
Keep in mind, this is the same man producing propaganda videos for the Israeli government, illegal settler organizations, and US-based StandWithUs. See my previous report for more on Latma’s racist attacks excused as “Israeli humor.”
Below is a picture of Blass with Latma chief editor (and Jerusalem Post deputy managing editor) Caroline Glick at the Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee “hearing on the use of the Internet to promote Israel internationally,” on March 14, 2011. At the hearing, Glick told a Google/YouTube representative that “YouTube is unequivocally biased against Israel.” Good thing YouTube doesn’t have a problem with Latma’s numerous blackface comedy sketches, though.
Shlomo Blass (far right), seated next to Caroline Gick (also far right )
By the way, near the end of the 2008 MLK video, you can see King quoted as saying, “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews.” That’s a fake quote, as I’ll soon be demonstrating.
“We con the world,” indeed.