'We Will Slaughter the Jews,' goes a blatantly racist music video that has had nearly 700,000 views on YouTube.
Its title is, 'We Con the World,' sung to the tune of 'We are the World.'
However, the video's keffiyah (headscarf) wearing, knife-wielding 'Arabs' and other members of the 'Flotilla Choir' clearly aren't Turks or Gazans. They're Jewish Israelis singing "there's no people dying" about the Gaza humanitarian-aid flotilla, in which nine people were killed last Monday by Israeli commandos, and many others were shot. A 19-year-old American aboard was shot five times at close range.
The lyrics begin:
There comes a time when we need to make a show For the world and CNN There's no people dying so the best that we can do Is create the greatest bluff of all
The press office of the Prime Minister of Israel sent this video around the world. Apparently inadvertently, according to spokesman Mark Regev. Regev notes nonetheless that ""I called my kids in to watch it because I thought it was funny. It's what Israelis feel."
Clearly not all Israelis, since thousands and thousands of them massed in Tel Aviv today to protest the mess their extreme right-wing government is making of their nation's image abroad.
"It was not intended for general release," said a statement from the press office. "The contents of the video in no way represent the official policy of either the Government Press Office or of the State of Israel."
On her blog, the deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick, claims credit for the video. I never take Glick-bylined pieces seriously because they're all the same, since she constantly talks about continuing the occupation of Palestine, trashes Obama (and she is from Chicago!) and is a favorite on the lowest-level of American right-wing tv, like the Laura Ingraham show.
But this is lower than I've ever seen someone go who carries a management title at a journalism organization. I'm ashamed to say that Glick and I are both Columbia alums. Even if she hates people of another race or religion and is allowed by her editors to poke fun at them in a tasteless and blatantly racist way, she should be fired for making fun of the dead.