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BBC lampoons view that criticizing settlements is ‘anti-Semitic, mate’

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This sketch appears to have run on BBC two weeks back. Actors impersonating employees of the Israeli Embassy inform unwitting shopowners that their property will be taken to make way for the embassy’s expansion. The degree of mockery of the religious rationales for settlements is staggering, and would never happen in the U.S. Now anyway.

Even more bracing is the blunt mockery of the use of the anti-Semitism charge to head off any criticism of Israel. “I’m finding that smile a bit anti-Semitic, mate, so you should really wise up with your face.”

Some of the lines:

“Before it was your land it was our land, so we’re really going to take what’s rightfully ours…

“We’ve got a very very old planning book, it’s about 2000 years old…

“‘This is our land as given to us by the almighty…

“Without putting too fine a point on it, mate, they’re going to bulldoze your land.”…

“Can I have a letter?”
“We generally go with bulldozers first, and letters later…

“And you see all those olives you’ve got in the deli display there, they’re ours too…

“I’m finding that smile a bit anti-Semitic, mate, so you should really wise up with your face….

“You’re being a bit anti-Semitic. It’s only a conservatory.”

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  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    January 1, 2014, 11:30 am

    This is very funny, but it’s no surprise that it was tucked away in the relative obscurity of BBC3.

    Where it really counts – news coverage – the BBC is unrelentingly anti-Palestinian, and becoming more so with every passing week.

  2. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    January 1, 2014, 11:42 am

    Palestinian Ambassador to Czech Republic Jamal al Jamal has been killed in an explosion:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/01/palestinian-ambassador-injured-prague-explosion

    “A Palestinian official said: “This explosion happened at his house. He recently moved there. He was taken to hospital. An investigation is under way.”

    A second Palestinian source said: “He moved an old case with him to the new house from the old house. And when he opened it, the explosion happened.””

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      January 1, 2014, 11:45 am

      For what it’s worth, the Czech police are saying there’s ‘no evidence this was an attack’ (which presumably also means that there’s no evidence it wasn’t, either).

      Some reports are saying that the ‘old case’ was a safe containing highly sensitive documents. Some such safes are apparently equipped with explosives which destroy the documents if the lock is tampered with. Not quite sure what to make of that.

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        January 1, 2014, 1:06 pm

        However they aren’t made to destroy people right? You would have to accept that a pal embassy staffer made an excessively explosive device AND then was so reckless he put it unnoticeably with the other items.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        January 1, 2014, 1:47 pm

        I agree. It’s all a bit weird.

        The exploding safe sounds like something out of a bad James Bond film, but I suppose it’s just about possible. Also, what would be the motive in killing a Palestinian diplomat? They haven’t been a problem to the Israelis for many years now, and for the most part do as they are told. Unless there was something specific about this guy which made him a target, always assuming this was an attack at all?

        Thus far, it’s a bit of a puzzlement.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        January 1, 2014, 1:15 pm

        Radio news has just said that the “case” was an old safe that hadn’t been opened for over 30 years. If it was equpped with explosives, presumably that kind of time-span would destabilise them?

      • just
        just
        January 1, 2014, 1:45 pm

        It sounds/smells more than “fishy” to me.

        The video is great– wish it would spread with alacrity.

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        January 1, 2014, 3:22 pm

        They never used bomb detecting equipment on it in 30 years?
        Another unlikelihood.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        January 2, 2014, 9:01 am

        Yes, this whole story sounds distinctly odd. I actually don’t think Israel was involved (though you can never rule them out) but I do think there is more to this story than we are being told.

      • annie
        annie
        January 2, 2014, 9:17 am

        people don’t haul around unopened safes for 30 years, do they?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        January 2, 2014, 10:34 am

        I honestly don’t know what to make of it, except that we’re not getting the full story. The ambassador had just moved to a new residence, so why would he suddenly decide to open a safe which had been locked for 3 decades? It’s interesting that the Czech police said there was no evidence of a ‘terrorist attack’ almost immediately, with no investigation, but they did also say they are not ruling out the possibility that the safe was ‘mishandled’, whatever that means.

        It is possible that this was just a freak accident. But it’s all very, very odd

      • Sycamores
        Sycamores
        January 2, 2014, 10:22 am

        the death of Jamal Al-Jamal is becoming more intriguing by the minute

        the safe that has not been open for decades is a lie.

        “Meanwhile, Palestinian Embassy spokesman Nabil El-Fahel told Czech radio the safe had been in regular use, contradicting Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki’s claim that the safe had been untouched for more than two decades.”

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/jamal-al-jamal-killed_n_4530742.html

        and what about this from yahoo news http://news.yahoo.com/palestinian-diplomat-injured-prague-flat-blast-police-133952046.html

        Weapons found at Palestinian ambassador’s Prague residence

        Prague (AFP) – Police have found unregistered weapons at the Prague residence of Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal who was killed in a blast there, Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek told Czech public radio Thursday.

        “I can’t say specifically what weapons we have found. We can say they have not been registered in the Czech Republic,” he said.

        what is surprising me the most is the amount of coverage the death of Jamal Al-Jamal is getting.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        January 2, 2014, 11:56 am

        From your link:

        ”Malki, however, said Wednesday the safe had been left untouched for more than 20 years and that the ambassador opened it to see what it contained.”

        Right. So the guy had just moved house and said ”Gosh. I wonder what’s in that there box. Let’s see. Ooops!!!’

        And now we’re being told that the safe was in regular use? As I said above, I don’t know what happened here, but I do know that we aren’t getting the full story. I also find it interesting that the Czech police have said that this was an ‘accident’, yet their investigation is due to last several days? How can they be so sure it was an accident, especially given the presence of explosives in the residence?

    • Justpassingby
      Justpassingby
      January 1, 2014, 3:03 pm

      Sounds too good to be true. A vault? that kills people? Really?

  3. radii
    radii
    January 1, 2014, 11:44 am

    the decades-long propaganda campaign by zionists to link zionism with being jewish has crumbled, but they don’t realize it yet hence their continued reliance on the “anti-semitism” canard … people are anti-jewish or they are not and much of the world now understands the difference between being culturally or religiously jewish and being politically zionist with all its inhuman excesses

  4. eljay
    eljay
    January 1, 2014, 11:58 am

    They nailed it!

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      January 1, 2014, 12:51 pm

      It is very good. Zionism is such a satire rich target these days.

  5. amigo
    amigo
    January 1, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Nice to see someone extracting the Michael out of the occupation nation.

    The whole absurdity of project zionism is out in the open and nothing will get it back in again.

    Well done to the BBC.

  6. Matthew Taylor
    Matthew Taylor
    January 1, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Wow. That video is so hilarious!!! Great find.

  7. Kris
    Kris
    January 1, 2014, 4:11 pm

    This video is so funny! My favorite lines:

    “It’s not like taking somebody else’s land is a big deal–we’ve been doing it for years!”

  8. James Canning
    James Canning
    January 1, 2014, 4:56 pm

    Bravo, BBC!

  9. Citizen
    Citizen
    January 1, 2014, 6:34 pm

    It would never see the light of day on media here comparable to the BBC. I guess the FOI groups in Israel, which are a part of all the main Brit political parties, don’t quite have the same Zionist leverage embedded in them as is embedded in the US main media.

  10. American
    American
    January 1, 2014, 10:22 pm

    That is great!
    Long said the way to treat and defeat zionist is to make fun of and laugh at them…..make them an object of ‘ridicule.

  11. annie
    annie
    January 1, 2014, 10:53 pm

    funny! i have to watch it again.

  12. Kris
    Kris
    January 2, 2014, 12:17 am

    When you click on the link to BBC Three in the first line of this article, the video, “The Israeli Embassy’s Extension,” won’t play, and is partially covered by a sign that says, “This content doesn’t seem to be working. Please try again later.” Hmmm.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      January 2, 2014, 4:53 am

      That’s probably because BBC does not allow its content to be viewed outside of the UK. I live in Ireland and couldn’t view it here either on the BBC site when I tried last week.

      • FreddyV
        FreddyV
        January 2, 2014, 7:21 am

        I wouldn’t bother with the BBC link. This was only one snippet of a sketch show and I don’t envisage them repeating anything like this.

  13. Djinn
    Djinn
    January 2, 2014, 2:21 am

    I’m amazed that the BBC aired this, even on the more obscure channels. This is the organisation that not long ago censored the words “Free Palestine” from a Mic Righteous performance because not doing so would have “compromised impartiality”.

    • FreddyV
      FreddyV
      January 2, 2014, 7:31 am

      The Beeb are equally accused by the Israel Lobby for being too pro Palestine. As far as this skit is concerned, its quite commonplace to see these kind of ‘baiting’ sketches using Joe Public being suckered into a situation to lay plain the most absurd situations.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        January 2, 2014, 8:59 am

        I don’t know about ‘equally accused’. It’s fairly obvious over the past several years that the BBC has almost completely caved into the British Israel lobby. They were never remotely ‘pro-Palestine’ except in the eyes of Zionist fanatics for whom even saying Ariel Sharon is fat is considered ‘pro-Palestinian’. But they were at least moderately balanced. Now, the BBC are almost as bad as your average US ‘news’ network in blatant pro-Israel bias. As I said in my first post, this sketch was tucked away on BBC 3, which hardly anyone watches, and would never ever appear on either or their two mainstream channels.

        For another example of a British news medium which has wilted under Zionist attack, see ‘The Guardian’.

      • NickJOCW
        NickJOCW
        January 3, 2014, 3:47 am

        The sketch was a small segment of an ongoing BBC3 series The Revolution will be Televised first launched a couple of years ago, it won the BAFTA best comedy award last year. Where else would you expect one of its segments to appear? The BBC doesn’t choose its topics, that’s the producer’s job.

  14. Edward Q
    Edward Q
    January 2, 2014, 8:26 am

    Great video. I thought the planning document was older then 2000 years.

  15. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    January 2, 2014, 12:53 pm

    OMG! The sketch is so funny. I wish we could have something like that in Germany.

  16. NickJOCW
    NickJOCW
    January 2, 2014, 9:16 pm

    The Revolution will be Televised is an hilarious BBC series. Read all about it.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03gl290/profiles/characters
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Revolution_Will_Be_Televised

  17. Talkback
    Talkback
    January 3, 2014, 8:47 am

    Judaism is wonderful. You just have to convert and then move to the territory, the one and only antigentile Junta of the world controls to call Gentile land yours. And if you don’t get freely, what belongs to Gentiles, you can always cry antisemitism and take it through war, terrorism and expulsion or without being jugded by a international tribunal or get away with the claim, that a “God” promised the land to you, without anybody seeing you as a psychopath and putting you away in a mental house. You can imagine what deranged subjects this regime attracts which is on the other hand probably healthy for the rest of the world. (You can witness some of these mentally deranged gentiles hating subjects here on Mondoweiss, too.)

    • James Canning
      James Canning
      January 3, 2014, 1:56 pm

      Yes, Sammy Davis JR and Elizabeth Taylor could have “returned” to Israel. And proceeded to oppress non-Jews.

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