I didn’t post this video only because it came in while I was very busy with preparations for the mosque rally, and by the time I was able to watch it it had already gone viral — and indeed, you have probably already seen it. But the story now is that Israeli authorities have taken clueless dhimmitude to new heights by actually apologizing for this video, as if it is somehow wrong to mock the Palestinian propaganda machine that does, in fact, con the world. Or is it wrong to mock the self-indulgent rock stars who created “We Are the World”?
“Israel Apologizes for Music Video Mocking Gaza Flotilla,” by Mara Gay for AOL News, June 8 (thanks to Pamela Hall):
(June 8) — The Israeli government has apologized for circulating a satirical video that uses Michael Jackson’s hit single “We Are the World” to mock activists from the Gaza flotilla.
“There’s no people dying, so the best that we can do is create the greatest bluff of all,” one refrain in the parody goes.
Last week nine people aboard the Mavi Marmara, one of six ships carrying aid to Gaza in defiance of Israel’s blockade, were killed under hotly contested circumstances during an Israeli raid on the flotilla. In the video, Israelis dressed up as activists offer their own take on the incident through song.
“We con the world, we con the people,” the song continues, in an apparent reference to Hamas and the activists aboard the flotilla.
The Israeli Government Press Office distributed footage of the music video to foreign journalists on June 4, but then sent an apology to reporters just hours later, insisting it had been an accident.
“The contents of the video in no way represent the official policy of either the Government Press Office or of the State of Israel,” Israel’s Government Press Office later told CNN….