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Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a satirical cartoon video today ridiculing foreign journalists and their coverage of the Gaza Strip for failing to report that “terror rules Gaza,”—not Israel.

The video opens with a blond broadcast correspondent filming a segment on Gaza, where “the people here are just trying to live quiet lives. There are no terrorists here, just ordinary people.” In the background, a masked Hamas militant is firing a rocket.

In the following scene the naive reporter is filming in front of a tunnel, dubbing it, “Gaza’s underground city, a fascinating attempt by Hamas to build a subway system.”

Next, the journalist is back above ground praising Gaza’s “liberal and pluralistic” society while another masked Hamas member bags and abducts a cartoon Gay Palestinian (he has a rainbow flag) in a sleeveless shirt who is selling fruit.

“Open your eyes about Gaza,” produced by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

But the foreign journalists misses everything. “Wait, just a minute,” interrupts a female character, passing the reporter a pair of glasses. Voila! With the special eye-wear the journalist can “see the reality of life under Hamas rule.” Overcome, the reporter has a heart attack and keels over.

The video, produced in English, comes amid renewed focus on the 2014 summer war between Israel and Hamas. The United Nations is set to release a report outlining war crimes in the next few days, which the Palestinian Authority has said it will include in their dossier of charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court. Israel published its own lengthy legal inquiry absolving itself of misconduct under international law during the war on Sunday. A link to that report is on the government website to the right of the cartoon.

Over the past year Israel’s foreign ministry has produced similar cartoon videos about the summer war. The same blond-man-journalist character was also depicted as an activist in the video, “Who Occupies Gaza?” (Answer: not Israel, Hamas occupies Gaza according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). As well the same computerized narrator voice of reason was previously employed in a video called, “There Is No Israeli Siege On Gaza.”

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  1. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    June 15, 2015, 6:02 pm

    Mentioned this on another thread. I should have known that the eagle eyes of Mondoweiss were on the case.

    I watched it without sound and the stupid still burned with white heat intensity. I thought the gay guy getting kidnapped was a lovely touch but where was the honor killing?

    It’s really perverse that they believe their cartoon images are more real than reality. Sick.

    • can of worms
      can of worms
      June 16, 2015, 3:42 am

      Perverse. You said it. Zionism is perverse.

      How can you market something so perverse? With perverse, shameless, bizarre sales pitches. The other day we had Ari Shavit cheapening Dr. King’s legacy in order to sell the Zio-junk, now they’re selling the Zio-junk by painting it blond.

      And if no one’ll take this bloody Zio-junk, they’ll pay you to work for them and sell it to others. Right Hophmee? Yonah Fredman?

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        June 16, 2015, 9:35 am

        can of worms- Your method of communication is poor.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 16, 2015, 12:05 pm

        “Your method of communication is poor.”

        The master of clarity has spoken!

  2. annie
    annie
    June 15, 2015, 6:34 pm

    Israel published its own lengthy legal inquiry absolving itself of misconduct under international law during the war

    i started to read it yesterday and thought.. argh — why bother?

    • amigo
      amigo
      June 15, 2015, 7:46 pm

      “i started to read it yesterday and thought.. argh — why bother? ” Annie.

      So right Annie. No need to read beyond ! , “The IDF will launch it,,s own investigation”.

    • Mayhem
      Mayhem
      June 16, 2015, 4:38 am

      @Annie, I wouldn’t expect a closed mind to be interested in anything that proves your views are wrong.
      “Israel’s position was supported by the High Level Military International Military Group, a group of senior international military and diplomatic officials, including retired Australian Major General Jim Molan, that visited Israel last month for a fact-finding mission and meetings with army and government officials.
      “In war… mistakes are made, including errors of judgment, confusion and technical failure,” said that group’s report, acknowledging that at times individual soldiers acted unlawfully. Funded by a pro-Israel lobby group called the Friends of Israel Initiative, according to the ABC, the group’s report found that overall, Israel “not only met a reasonable international standard of observance of the laws of armed conflict but in many cases exceeded the standard”.
      See Sydney Morning Herald article. and also Molan’s article in The Australian newspaper.

      • Xpat
        Xpat
        June 16, 2015, 9:07 am

        The second article is behind a paywall. Per the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian military delegation was paid for by a pro-Israel group. There is no mention of them going to Gaza or meeting with Palestinians. The fluff quote that mistakes happen may or may not be all they said on the issue.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        June 17, 2015, 1:58 am

        I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on pearls of wisdom hidden behind a paywall.
        “Given our examination of the cause of Operation Protective Edge, it would be indefensible to argue that Israel wanted it, initiated it or sustained it, or that Israel acted in anything other than defence of its citizens. On this basis alone, Israel’s war was just. It will be interesting to see if the imminent UNHRC report and the ICC inquiry can deliver fairness. Many do not understand it is not illegal to kill civilians in war as long as that is not the purpose of your actions, hence the appalling term “collateral damage”. Unlike our fight in Iraq or Afghanistan, Israel fights repeatedly in the same neighbourhood, and so its understanding and its intelligence is far superior to anything that I have enjoyed in similar targeting decisions that I have made.
        “While acknowledging the tragedy of death in war and given the immense capability of the IDF, it stands to Israel’s everlasting credit that far more did not die. But from the very top of the command chain down to the infantry and pilots, the personal moral position that individuals took was mirrored in the targeting processes, decisions on the ground and in the real care taken.
        “War can brutalise, but the Israelis scrupulously “cared” for the Palestinians. By contrast, Hamas was an enemy whose central strategy was to directly target the Israeli population and who repeatedly used their own population as human shields, both of which in any fair system would constitute major war crimes.”

  3. bryan
    bryan
    June 16, 2015, 3:07 am

    Is this cartoon defence more evidence that this is a Mickey Mouse state, or is this fighting fire with fire, and the Ministry of Defence knows it has become the laughing stock of the Western World? We know that Netanyahu has a profound belief that the diplomatic elite will be swayed by crude cartoon images of an Iranian nuclear threat, but can you imagine a serious Western state defending its fundamental values by resorting to cartoon images? Perhaps this is just the last throw of the Hasbara dice: presenting facts has failed so badly that it now needs to give free-rein to fiction, or perhaps the Hasbara budget is just so large that it cannot be spent without resorting to frivolous and grotesque outlandishness, or perhaps – more seriously – the lessons of Streicher and Goebbels have been too well learned – no matter how absurd your hypothesis just keep repeating your accusations and the gullible will believe – but the words alone “terror, tunnels, tyranny, terrorists, rockets, hatred, terror” are so easily contradicted by hundreds of dead children and thousands maimed and made homeless, so now we must have cartoon images to drive home the dreadful reality. Truly pathetic.

    • can of worms
      can of worms
      June 16, 2015, 9:44 am

      Exhibit one. Infantilization is what happens when the elite of a technologically advanced country is composed of people who are raised on the milk of ignorance, racial separation, military omnipotence and propaganda.

      Let’s tickle them some more.

  4. diasp0ra
    diasp0ra
    June 16, 2015, 5:48 am

    This is truly disgusting. Though I can’t say I’m surprised. I remember vividly during the intifada similar tactics were used to paint us as monsters and them the victims.

    I find it amusing that Israel resorts to pink washing especially after it was revealed that the shin bet blackmails gay Palestinians into becoming collaborators. I’m on my phone so I can’t link but there were a couple of articles about a special Israeli unit that specializes in electronic espionage and blackmail.

  5. justicewillprevail
    justicewillprevail
    June 16, 2015, 6:25 am

    A country which spends billions sending out a whitewashed, cartoon image of itself tells us to ‘open our eyes’? I went to Israel and my eyes were opened – indeed it is nothing like the cartoon videos they produce. As a piece of self-revealing childish attempt at satire this is beyond parody. Look in the mirror, foreign ministry.

  6. justicewillprevail
    justicewillprevail
    June 16, 2015, 6:49 am

    Actually ‘Open Your Eyes’ is a great slogan for those campaigning against Israeli apartheid and occupation. Here is a good example, the lead story for the Independent today:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-accused-of-war-crime-over-bulldozing-of-palestinian-olive-groves-10321936.html

    Another vile Israeli crime. Open your eyes, people. Thanks for the tip , foreign ministry amateur propagandists.

    • bryan
      bryan
      June 17, 2015, 2:07 am

      More material for a “Fu*kin*” Foreign Ministry cartoon in your link: “Today was carried out the eviction of an illegal invasion of around 1,000 olive trees planted illegally without permits on state land in Wadi Fukin,” the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), an Israeli governing body, told The Independent. “The eviction was carried out after the enforcement process was completed and orders were delivered.”

      Israel is threatened by the Day of the Triffids or a War of the World Tolkien-style. The first invasion to threaten Israel since Arab armies entered the lands assigned to an Arab state in 1948 has been conducted by the massed ranks of a thousand olive trees, and must be stopped urgently before Tel Aviv is surrounded.

      The illegal occupation is claiming as state land, land which will become part of a Palestinian state unless exchanged as part of a final agreement. Actions speak louder than words – Netanyahu ridiculously claims that he still wants peace, but his bulldozers contradict him.

  7. Accentitude
    Accentitude
    June 16, 2015, 7:21 am

    If anything this video shows how sick in the head Netanyahu and his ministers are and how desperate and pathetic they’ve become. They’re losing the war of public opinion and they can’t do anything to change that. A horribly animated cartoon won’t change that. In fact, it just makes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs look like they’re all wacked out of their minds. But did we really need a cartoon to help us realize that?

    • Balfour
      Balfour
      June 16, 2015, 11:43 am

      Palestinian military, economic and political influence are always equalized in the world of Israeli Hasbara. Consequently, Gazan fishing boats become part of the “Hamas Navy”, rudderless rockets develop the devastating pinpoint accuracy and destructive capability of Exocet missiles, the mere existence of the indigenous population becomes a ominous 5th Column”, and demands for ending the Occupation and honoring Palestinian human rights becomes synominous with a calculated world hatred for the existence of Israel.

  8. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    June 16, 2015, 10:32 am

    Has anyone else noticed how often they (the Israeli government) use animation to show “reality” in Gaza? Recall those crazy drawings they made last summer showing weapons in mosques and people’s home. It’s almost as if the imagined truths that inhabit their heads is more real to them than the actual world the rest of us live in. They are truly delusional.

    • eljay
      eljay
      June 16, 2015, 10:46 am

      || a blah chick: Has anyone else noticed how often they (the Israeli government) use animation to show “reality” … ? It’s almost as if the imagined truths that inhabit their heads is more real to them than the actual world the rest of us live in. They are truly delusional. ||

      The cartoons the rapist draws of the victims in his basement depict angry, vindictive women who hate him and want to hurt him.

      It helps him cope with the fact that he’s a sadistic serial rapist who enjoys kidnapping women, chaining them in his basement and physically and sexually assaulting and brutalizing them.

      For both Israel and the serial rapist, aggressor-victimhood is a tough gig… :-(

  9. Pretext
    Pretext
    June 16, 2015, 10:51 am

    I never thought I’d see the day when a pro-Israel group would admit to the existence of Zio-Goggles.

  10. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    June 16, 2015, 11:47 am

    And I continue to be ashamed of my Jewish background. Frankly, I am starting to turn anti Jewish! Most of present-day israelis have absolutely NO IDEA what Jews went through during Hitler’s Nazi Germany – if they did, they would not be committing the same crimes against Palestinians. For shame! It is a disgrace.

    • michtom
      michtom
      June 16, 2015, 7:18 pm

      Vera, this has nothing to do with being Jewish. It is the ideology of hate, a way of justifying criminality to oneself, combined with self-declared victimhood–a very common behavior by oppressors.

      While Zionists continually attack criticisms of their bigotry and oppression as anti-Semitism, the reality is that their behavior is an attack on Jewish ethics. THEY are the ones who are functionally anti-Semitic.

      In the seder, there is a section that talks about what is expected of Jews:

      First, we should think of ourselves as having personally come out of slavery. This means we should understand what it means to be oppressed.

      Second, we are told that no one is free until everyone is free–this does not mean just Jews, but all people.

      Finally, Jews are told we have an obligation to work for that universal freedom.

      How can the Zionists consider themselves to be living up to the ethical standards of Judaism when they are doing everything possible to prevent the freedom of another people?

      Don’t be ashamed of being Jewish. DO be outraged that Netanyahu and his supporters twist Judaism in support of genocide.

    • jon s
      jon s
      June 17, 2015, 3:07 am

      Vera, Actually most Israelis do have a pretty good idea of what Jews went through, and would regard your analogy (“the same crimes”) as disgraceful.

      • tree
        tree
        June 17, 2015, 6:51 am

        …and would regard your analogy (“the same crimes”) as disgraceful.

        That’s because most Israelis have no sense of empathy for what non-Jews (and Palestinians in particular) have gone through, and continue to go through. Its part and parcel of Israeli indoctrination. The problem is not the analogy – its the inability on the part of way too many Israelis to acknowledge the similarities, gauge the damage caused by their own actions, or even accept responsibility for what they do.

      • eljay
        eljay
        June 17, 2015, 7:47 am

        || jon s: … Actually most Israelis do have a pretty good idea of what Jews went through, and would regard your analogy (“the same crimes”) as disgraceful. ||

        Even as they advocate, support, defend and justify Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” and the past and on-going (war) crimes committed by Zio-supremacist Jews against non-Jews in the name of all Jews.

        The “we are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality we would not have others do unto us” hypocrisy of Zio-supremacist Jews is disgraceful.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        June 18, 2015, 7:24 pm

        “Vera, Actually most Israelis do have a pretty good idea of what Jews went through, and would regard your analogy (“the same crimes”) as disgraceful.”

        So what? Doesn’t simple self-interest, the desire to keep what they have taken, explain most anything Israelis say?

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