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Viral video says BDS supporters want to shoot the bible and Dannon yogurt

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It’s no wonder this video is going viral today; it is bonkers, a desperate effort by Israel supporters to neutralize the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS).

"BDS or the Bible"

“BDS or the Bible”

Wyatt, a “passionate and impulsive” young Christian man living in Mississippi, is so taken in by BDS’s message that Israel oppresses Palestinians, that he takes all his possessions goods supposedly made possible by Israeli invention and shoots them with a .22 rifle behind the house. Then his pro-Israel friend drives up and asks him what he is doing. Wyatt explains:

“Israel is occupying the West Bank and Gaza which in reality is the Palestinian’s homeland. And not just that the Palestinians living there are being oppressed by Israel so I wanted to do something about it and so I found out about this whole BDS movement and to make sure I am not supporting Israel I am getting rid of anything that has anything to do with being made or invented in Israel or just any company that supports it.”

His friend asks “Wyatt, you’re a Christian, right?” And then brings him to his senses by putting a bible on the wooden pallet and shouldering the gun. “What are you doing?” Wyatt asks.

“Shooting the bible, it was made in Israel…….If you really want to boycott Israel then getting rid of your bible and rejecting God would be a great place to start.”

As for the “so called Palestinian plight,” the friend advises Wyatt:

“Most Palestinians are not oppressed. The ones that are its from their own government, not Israel…Israel provides jobs…You should check your facts and get your story straight before you take such drastic measures again, it’s a dangerous thing to do — boycotting God, and the bible.

Did you get that? Boycotting Israel is boycotting God! Absurdly titled “BDS or the Bible”, the video is featured on the Israel Video Network (IVN), a website devoted to impacting Israel’s image on social media, which promotes the video with the wishful-thinking headline “The video that literally just blew the BDS movement to smithereens!”

Screenshot: Dannon yogurt right before it gets blown away, in "BDS or the Bible"

Product placement: Dannon yogurt right before it gets blown away, in “BDS or the Bible”

Screenshot: Continuity alert, computer screen blows up instead of yogurt container

Screenshot: Continuity alert, computer screen blows up instead of yogurt container in “BDS and the Bible”

IVN is hosting an “Inspired by Israel” video competition, sponsored by right-wing pro-Israel philanthropist Adam Milstein (busted for denying he was funding pro Israel candidates for student government at UCLA, to combat swelling support for BDS). The video offers viewers an opportunity to vote on it:

Screenshot

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From IVN’s about page:

“When the State of Israel is being slandered, Israel Video Network steps up to the plate to promote videos to help people understand the truth about what is really going on.”

Except the truth is, boycotting Israel is not boycotting God.

Screenshot: Wyatt with firearm in "BDS or the Bible"

Screenshot: Wyatt with firearm in “BDS or the Bible”

Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins

Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net. Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss

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  1. Boomer on February 22, 2016, 4:47 pm

    “Boycotting Israel is boycotting God!”

    Can’t top that.

    • Another Dave on February 22, 2016, 9:27 pm

      Welp, can’t argue/struggle with God.

      Wait. Which god are we talking about?

    • hippocrasy on February 23, 2016, 10:34 am

      That’s it… I am no longer christian..I am boycotting God… wow hasbara at it’s finest. This video is so bad it is funny. Sad reality is that people will believe it…. WE NEED BERNIE to save the world… our last hope

  2. annie on February 22, 2016, 4:52 pm

    i would have been more impressed if the yogurt had gotten splashed all over the place. what a cop out using the edit of the computer screen twice instead! plus, the scene afterwards shows no evidence of blown up yogurt. who was the director of continuity on this video?

    lol, sorry just had to say that. do they really think they can so easily contort israel into being god. talk about stretching reality for your apartheid cause. #tripleFail

    • Mooser on February 22, 2016, 5:08 pm

      Wonder how Dannon Yogurt feels about it? Right up there with the Bible!

      • annie on February 22, 2016, 6:06 pm

        this looks like it was professionally made. i really don’t know if dannon knows, but it would seem likely. wonder what mcDonald’s thinks. hmmm.

      • Theo on February 23, 2016, 12:09 pm

        This video shows that nothing is as bad that it cannot be made worse!
        What does Dannon Youghurt has to do with Israel?
        It is a french company, owned by Nestlé, a swiss corporation.
        Did I miss here something, like a takeover by Netanyahoo, Bibi for short?

    • jd65 on February 22, 2016, 7:44 pm

      Wild. I’m unable to find this video anywhere but at the IVN page. This looks like a Vimeo upload, but I can’t find it there either. Anyone know any other place this video appears?

      • on February 25, 2016, 1:04 am

        Are you serious? This is (at least) the 10th site that came up on google after I initially got incensed by its demagoguery…and went on a search….just google: “BDS or the Bible.” It is everywhere all of a sudden….God save us all!

      • annie on February 25, 2016, 10:49 am

        MiCanuck, maybe there is some misunderstanding. my impression from a search is that even tho there are a few articles written about this video they all link back to the same IVN page. ie: http://forward.com/opinion/333964/this-anti-bds-video-is-pure-hilarity-and-accidental-genius/

        if you find another link by all means share it please.

  3. diasp0ra on February 22, 2016, 4:55 pm

    His pro-Israel friend should take a stroll down to Bethlehem and speak to the Palestinian Christians living there and who support the boycott. Would blow his mind.

    • K Renner on February 22, 2016, 8:22 pm

      Speak to Palestinian Christians in general amongst the Palestinian diaspora. That’d be a lot easier then going all the way to Palestine itself.

      But we both know that Palestinian Christians of all denominations aren’t considered “brothers/sisters in Christ” or even as human beings to those who hold onto Christian Zionism as an ideology.

      That’s how these evil hypocrites try and hide from the fact that Israel routinely abuses Palestinian Christians (let’s not forget the Lebanese Christians they’ve killed, barring the few scumbags who went to Israel’s side during the civil war) in what’s left of Palestine.

      • diasp0ra on February 23, 2016, 4:54 am

        Arab/Middle Eastern Christians are only important if they can be used to show how terrible Muslims are. “Bethlehem is losing its Christian population!” Of course, they never mention it’s due to Israeli blockade and occupation, they just want you to assume that it’s living under a “Muslim” regime that made them flee.

        Like how some people only care about Women’s rights if it can be used to bash Muslims as well.

        Never do these people think to actually talk to the people they are “defending.”

      • on February 23, 2016, 9:46 am

        Exactly Diaspora, the same way black and Arab Jews are only important for the White Israeli Jews to show how inclusive and non-racist Zionism is. In reality, they are merely the token population, being used by the white elite the same way Hispanics and Asians are used by the white Americans to create a wedge against the blacks and natives. I hope now you see that we are all fighting the same enemy, not Jews, not Arabs, not Europeans, but white supremacists who use Judaism, Christianity, nationalism etc as a facade to maintain their rule and power over other races.

  4. Shmuel on February 22, 2016, 6:06 pm

    Every good fable needs a moral. This one seems to have two:
    1. If you don’t like something, shoot it.
    2. Israel invented God.

  5. pabelmont on February 22, 2016, 6:50 pm

    What’d Trump say about this?

  6. Les on February 22, 2016, 7:57 pm

    Mario Vargas Llosa, Michael Chabon Among Writers Collaborating on Book on Israeli Occupation

    Breaking the Silence initiative will bring famous authors to Israel and West Bank, to tell real stories.
    Gili Izikovich Feb 21, 2016 8:22 PM

    A number of famous writers will participate in a book on the occupation to be edited by award-winning author Michael Chabon and his Israeli-American wife Ayelet Waldman. The book will be published in June 2017 by HarperCollins in the United States, and by Books in the Attic (Sifrey Aliyat Hagag) in Israel.

    The book is an initiative of Breaking the Silence to mark 50 years of the occupation.

    The writers will visit Israel and the West Bank for a week before writing their articles. They will come as delegations and their organized tour will include a few days in villages in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and meetings with Israeli and Palestinian human rights activists, intellectuals and legal experts. Each author will choose their focus and study those issues more deeply, including additional visits.

    The first delegation will begin its visit today and includes British authors Hari Kunzru and Taiye Selasi, and Irish novelist Eimear McBride. The other writers will come later this year, including the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa, Dave Eggers, Lorraine Adams, Rachel Kushner and Colm Toibin. They will be joined by Israeli and Palestinian authors Ala Hlehel, Assaf Gavron, Raja Shehadeh and Nir Baram.

    Waldman, Chabon and Vargas Llosa wrote to the participants they are not looking for Middle East experts, but storytellers. They said they believed storytellers could give new life to the situation and the conditions so readers could understand it in new ways, through human stories and not through the destructive details they see in the news.

    Chabon and Waldman distributed a document they wrote jointly, which explains the idea behind the project, telling of a visit they made to Israel in 1992, during the period of the Oslo Accords, which was Chabon’s first visit to Israel. They speak of the atmosphere that has changed so sharply since then.

    Gili Izikovich

    Haaretz Contributor

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.704565

  7. K Renner on February 22, 2016, 8:25 pm

    An especially stupid attempt at propaganda– although the fact remains that it’s catering to an especially stupid element (the rabid Christian Zionist evangelical protestants) within the pro-Israel, Palestinian-hating camp.

    The attempt to make it out as so effective or anything other then the typically pathetic dross (“blows BDS to smithereens”, my ass) is equally stupid and quite frankly really pathetic.

    One could expect nothing better from a propaganda outfit like the “Israel video network”, though.

  8. ckg on February 22, 2016, 8:43 pm

    Matthew 26:52 [KJV]: Put up again thy [gun] into his place: for all they that take the [gun] shall perish with the [gun].

  9. peanuts on February 22, 2016, 9:29 pm

    Just watched the video on IVN, what politicized, propangandized tripe.

    “The Bible was written in Israel.”

    • Boo on February 23, 2016, 2:19 pm

      In fact, almost none of the New Testament was written in Israel.

      And the book so revered as literal apocalyptic prophecy by dominionists and the rest of the right-wing Christian fringe — the last one, The Revelation of John — was, according to their scholars, written on the Isle of Patmos. Beyond question, it was written in Koine Greek.

  10. Ismail on February 23, 2016, 6:42 am

    This foolish video implicitly endorses the kindergarten notion of BDS that suggests everything remotely connected to Israel must be foresworn. If you use a Mac, they say, you’re being a hypocrite.

    BDS is political, not some Leviticus-like cleansing of the unholy from our lives. The idea is to make Zionists uncomfortable, not us.

    The older of us may recall Cesar Chavez and the UFW boycotts. We did not avoid every head of broccoli, each spear of asparagus despite these being picked by the same immiserated workers who got our lettuce and grapes to the table. Chavez wisely chose a few items to represent the struggle and to cause economic distress to the growers and did not expect his supporters to deny themselves every particle of produce. A political act, not one of moralistic self-denial.

    Oh, and that’s a shotgun, not a .22. Not only is this cornpone hasbarista ignorant, he apparently can’t knock out a carton of yogurt from 10 feet with a single bullet.

  11. Sycamores on February 23, 2016, 1:03 pm

    twitterer named Thalwen done a blog post on the video, quite amusing read.

    https://thalwenrantsandstuffs.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/the-blogpost-that-literally-blew/

    Thalwen links the video to Christian Zionist group called HaYovel.

    The video itself is made by a Christian Zionist group called HaYovel which sends volunteers to do farm labour for illegal Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank and is associated with extremists like Yehuda Glick, who leads a movement to destroy Al Aqsa mosque, and violent politicians like Naftalli Bennett who advocate the mass murder of Arabs. (Yes, they go and do farm work for a bunch of self-entitled armed criminals who could do it themselves but hey.. it’s not like there are starving kids in Africa that need feeding or anything)

      • Mooser on February 23, 2016, 3:40 pm

        It’s anti-semitic to present religious alternatives to Israeli Jews? Don’t Jews have the right to choose their own religion?

      • Sycamores on February 23, 2016, 4:27 pm

        @Talknic,

        so long as HaYovel don’t criticise Israel the anti-Semitism police will leave it slide for now.

        i think Max Blumenthal sums up this form of anti-Semitism correctly

        I have a feeling the anti-Semitism police will let this one slide, since it didn't involve criticism of Israel https://t.co/41tmIBTJH4— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) February 22, 2016

        Max Blumenthal was referring to what witnesses reported about a pro-Clinton precinct captain during a Nevada Caucus, calling Sanders a ‘socialist Jew’.

        Video: Witnesses @ #NVDemsCaucus say pro-Clinton precinct captain slammed Sanders as "socialist Jew" https://t.co/01nzbjAE3n ht @RaniaKhalek— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) February 22, 2016

  12. Theo on February 24, 2016, 11:47 am

    It is mind bending to experience the average american attitude toward socialism, if you want to degrade anyone, just call him a socialist! All these people collect social security benefit and Blue Cross, if they are old enough to do it, or are diligeously paying into this program to be able to benefit later, not realizing that social derives from socialism. Or the other way around. One likes to visit social gatherings, the kids should be social in their behavior, however socialism is a devil´s advocate.
    I think schools should teach the children about different political standards, so they can understand that socialism is not communism! The ruling class doesn´t want to do that, because then the working class may suddenly decide that they want their fair share of the national wealth.

    • annie on February 24, 2016, 4:24 pm

      not sure if i would call it the ” average american attitude toward socialism”. after all, there’s a lot of support for a socialist democrat running for president. the gop uses the idea socialism like a weapon when attacking lots of liberal initiatives. but people love social security here, it would be very challenging to try to dismantle it. there would be an uproar.

      • Theo on February 25, 2016, 10:20 am

        Hallo Annie

        You remind me of an incident, when people demonstrated against Obama´s medical insurance. A rather older person carried a sign, “Keep your socialist hands away from my Blue Cross”! This person did not know that that coverage of his is a government plan, and I am sure he never knew that the social security benefits basicly is also a socialist plan.
        If you discount the very small crowds around MW and similar action groups, the great majority of americans are grown up with the idea of socialism being bad for you and they do not trust the government, (sometimes I can understand them very well), therefore the word average may apply in this case. It doesn´t imply all americans. Take a trip to Texas and most other southern states, there they just might lynch you if you preach “socialism”.

      • annie on February 25, 2016, 10:42 am

        hi theo, before i respond i just thought i’d ask if you are american. and if not how much time you’ve spent here and where/what region. and if you are american where you were raised, what part of the country you come from.

  13. on February 25, 2016, 1:16 am

    OMFG!!! The demagoguery of it all!!! At 3:18….. “the BIBLE comes from Israel….”

    It does?

    It’s time for your enlightenment, you poor misguided child! Venting your aggression on innocent Jewish products….we shall show you the error of your ways….the music swells like in a Steven Spielberg movie, to communicate to you:

    “Understand? Now you SHALL SEE the LIGHT and GET all emo, and emotionally pliable like that.” And now, I am getting soooo verklempt. Where was I?

    “MOST of the BIBLE took place or was written in Israel!” Oh? Really? Is that true? You mean before the meddlesome Western powers gave them the first installment of the STOLEN REAL ESTATE they became so adept at enlarging, you mean to say the BIBLE was written on Israeli property before it was even appropriated by them? Wow!! GOD gave it to them?

    Well then, it need logically follow that, of course, this would justify ISRAELI WAR PLANES MURDERING PALESTINIAN CHILDREN PLAYING ON A BEACH?!!! Do you understand now?

    So, let the Zionist genocide continue…..the U.S. Congress, bribed, bought, and seemingly blackmailed, no doubt, doesn’t have any problem with allowing it, so who are YOU to question this? The music swells again…… [..]

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