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Sharon’s death is ‘perfect time’ for settler siren’s new Miley Cyrus parody, ode to Gaza settlers

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Israeli-American Orit Arfa has followed up her Miley Cyrus pro-settler anthem (parody?) “Jews Can’t Stop” with “Gaza Wrecking Ball.” Filmed in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, a pantsless Arfa portrays an uprooted Gaza settler knocking rubble from a demolished house, a pantsless Israeli Defense Forces soldier, and a pantsless Palestinian sporting a bra-top made from a tied kefiyyeh. And like the former Disney starlet, the settler siren licks a metal chain while straddling a wrecking ball.

Arfa sings:

We saw the rockets in the sky.

And now, thousands coming down,

it never turned, our temples burned.

And now, dead bodies on the ground.

Don’t you ever say we should’ve walked away.

We will always want home.

A world so full of lies, who cares ’bout our lives.

We will always want home.

They came in with a wrecking ball.

Tore down our homes and all our walls.

All we wanted was to build a home.

All they ever did was hate us.

Arfa, a one-time Zionist Organization of America employee who was fired in 2012 after whistle blowing that the group had lost its tax-exempt status, went after Ariel Sharon in comments on the video to the Jewish Journal. “As with many Israeli leaders, Ariel Sharon had a tendency towards Jewish dictatorship,” she said.

As people awaited my follow-up to my Miley Cyrus parody, “Jews Can’t Stop,” I didn’t imagine that Ariel Sharon would die right before the release of “Gaza Wrecking Ball.” But it’s the perfect time to make sure the Gaza failure is discussed critically and that free speech will be one of the major values that Ariel Sharon, in his victories, failures, life and death, kept intact.

Arfa is a bit of a unique pro-settler voice in that she’s secular, overtly sexual—although “Gaza Wrecking Ball” is about as nonsensual as Cyrus’s original– and she’s penned an op-ed for +972 Magazine decrying the occupation, sort of:

I care less about living in Israel or Palestine and more about living in a country that allows me the most freedom to be who I am, to start a new business, to purchase property (in Ariel or even Nablus), to express myself — whether as a religious Jew, a heretic, a Buddhist, a Christian, a slut or a saint. A state should enable the best of its citizens to flower — not the other way around — guarding them against murder, theft, fraud and any other assault.

If that’s anti-Zionist, ask American Zionists why they don’t move here.

Arfa’s play off of the disengagement of Gaza may seem about 10 years out of touch. But it’s worth noting that she’s noting it, now. Arfa doesn’t care about the Green Line, she doesn’t care about negotiations other than they may threaten the expansion of West Bank settlements, and she doesn’t care if Palestinians continue to live in villages neighboring her community, Ariel. She’s not interested in Lieberman’s transfer plan, nor does she give much latitude to Israeli politicians in general. Arfa sees herself as the nation, the pioneer, and not bound by the rules of elected officials, which she seemingly symbolically challenges by singing in her underwear; she breaks a social taboo as metaphor for wanting to break a political taboo, namely supporting the one time settler movement in Gaza.

For Arfa and others on the extreme-right, Gush Katif was more than just 9,000 Israelis living over the western Green Line. Lamenting its loss means a commitment to “Greater Israel” over anything else, even the state and pro-settler parties. If Arfa is representative of a trend, it’s that Israel’s hard right is moving within its own cultural framework, and constructing its own aesthetics of the borderless Jewish nation.

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15 Responses

  1. seafoid
    January 16, 2014, 12:19 pm

    I think the Gaza settlers were treated very badly by the state that planted them in the Strip. Zionism shafts everyone in the end. It is so far away from Judaism as Americans imagine it.

  2. seafoid
    January 16, 2014, 12:20 pm

    All the Jewish conscripts who died at Netzarim , who were told the place had to be defended with their lives. Collateral damage. Dreadful ideology.

  3. annie
    January 16, 2014, 12:26 pm

    oh god she’s like the gift that keeps on giving. lol, just when you think you’ve see everything.

  4. Taxi
    January 16, 2014, 12:44 pm

    You know in the video where she dramatically fakes slapping her face, and again fakes punching her face (during the chorus, I think – sorry I don’t want to watch it again to check), well, anyhooz, I was just thinking I coulda helped her out in those scenes – my fists don’t fake.

  5. Whizdom
    January 16, 2014, 1:23 pm

    I am speechless.

    By the way- who is the “they” to which she refers? It was the IDF that demolished Israeli settlement infrastructure prior to withdrawl.

    • Ira Glunts
      Ira Glunts
      January 16, 2014, 5:51 pm

      Yep. The IDF is the “they” and there are many in the settler movement that will never forgive the Israeli government and especially Ariel Sharon for ordering the evacuation of Gaza. They felt that Sharon who did so much to build the settlements had betrayed them.

      After Sharon’s funeral, an activist named Parchan placed a flag on his coffin with a business card. This biblical (I think it is biblical) admonition to Sharon was written on the card: “Do not uproot what is planted.” A squabble ensued when someone grabbed the flag and threw it away. The flag was never placed back upon the grave site. This story was the lead on the front page story about Sharon’s funereal in the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv.

      Arfa wrote a novel about a young Israeli woman who was evacuated from Gaza. She plugs the book at the end of the video.

      Thanks, Allison for putting this video here. I find it revolting, but as Annie implies people like Arfa help the Palestinian cause. Maybe she will do a video about the Hebron settlers next.

      • MHughes976
        January 16, 2014, 6:15 pm

        If ‘do not uproot’ is a biblical quotation maybe someone can refer us to it. Ecclesiastes 3:2 says, to the contrary, that there is a time to plant and a time to uproot, some say ‘harvest’.

      • Ira Glunts
        Ira Glunts
        January 16, 2014, 7:19 pm

        @mhughes976 I think you are correct, although I am not sure that citing the Ecclesiastes is proper evidence. I just googled the saying and it comes from a Naomi (Jerusalem of Gold) Shemer song, “For All These Things.” Thanks for the correction. The mistake was mine and the phrase was correctly sourced in the article.

  6. Marshall
    January 16, 2014, 2:28 pm

    I don’t quite get the mix of views on display here (for a former professional Zionist, she seems a bit out of touch with the contour lines of the debate), but she might be the future of the one state solution. Is that just crazy talk?

  7. Pamela Olson
    Pamela Olson
    January 16, 2014, 2:38 pm

    Political ideology aside, the way she acts perfectly represents the five-year-old “poor me” eternal victim butthurt id of the settler movement.

    A glutton for punishment, I read the free sample of her book on Amazon. My good lord. It reads like a parody of a parody of an entitled white colonialist. The lack of self-awareness is absolutely breathtaking. The fact that she’s so proud of her out-of-touch crude tasteless cluelessness is the skunk icing on the manure cake.

    If you don’t know anything about Gazans or Palestinians — or if they simply didn’t exist — some of what she says might make some kind of sense. But that’s like analyzing aspects of the Deep South during Jim Crow as if black people and the policies that oppressed them didn’t exist. Just incredibly unapologetically thoughtless and frankly racist.

  8. MRW
    January 17, 2014, 4:03 am

    She’s cross-eyed.

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