The Israeli government has apologized after its press office sent out a satirical video mocking the activists involved in the Gaza flotilla following last week's deadly incident.
The YouTube clip, entitled "We Con the World" and set to the music of the 1980s charity single "We Are the World," shows people dressed up as flotilla activists, some in Arab dress, singing such lines as "we con the world, we con the people. We'll make them all believe the IDF is Jack the Ripper," and "there's no people dying, so the best that we can do, is create the greatest bluff of all." The video also includes footage from the actual raid last Monday of the Mavi Marmara by Israeli commandos in which nine activists were killed.
The video was made by a website, latma.co.il, run by Jerusalem Post editor Caroline Glick, who described the clip on her blog as featuring "the Turkish-Hamas "love boat" captain, crew and passengers in a musical explanation of how they con the world." The video has been viewed nearly 1.5 million times on YouTube.
"The contents of the video in no way represent the official policy of either the Government Press Office or of the State of Israel," a statement from Israel's Government Press Office said, according to CNN.
However, according to the Guardian, a spokesman for the Israeli government said that the video did reflect most Israelis' view of the incident. "I called my kids in to watch it because I thought it was funny," the spokesman said. "It is what Israelis feel. But the government has nothing to do with it."
Here's the video: