Jewish Leaders Condemn Clip From Netherlands Show that Makes Netanyahu Out to be Child Killer (VIDEO)

November 26, 2012 1:22 pm 24 comments

U.S. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton meets w/ Benjamin Netanyahu Nov. 20, 2012. Photo: Screenshot

A video satirizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which aired on Dutch TV has caused concern among the Netherlands’ Jewish community, and has been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League.

The film depicts Netanyahu bragging that Israel targets Gaza civilians, particularly children. The film is made to look genuine and splices together comments made by the Prime Minister from various speeches.

The skit aired on broadcaster Vara on Nov. 21, as part of the satirical segment of the prime-time news show De Wereld Draait Door. According to The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, approximately 1.5 million viewers watch the show every evening.

“One of the things we are trying to do is maximize the number of civilians casualties,” Netanyahu is heard saying. “We prefer that. I know that you understand this, but if not: this is something I don’t have to explain to Americans, President Obama, you, and the international community.”

“This video is a blatant manipulation of the truth and a defamation of Israel’s policies and record in the recent Pillar of Defense operation.  The real threat of this video is that those who are misinformed, or those who already hostile to Israel, will believe that this video is real and that Prime Minister Netanyahu celebrates in the killing of civilians in Gaza,” Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League wrote in an email to The Algemeiner.

The Dutch Chief Rabbi of Holland, Yaacov Jacobs, told The Algemeiner that the fact that such a video could air to a wide audience is symptomatic of the polarized atmosphere in the Netherlands press today. “There is no neutral coverage of Israel in the press, and the negative news gets much more attention than the positive.”  This polarization can even be seen in Rabbi Jacobs’ day-to-day life. “I’ve been here 77 years. 77 years ago I would have never been called a ‘dirty Jew’ in the street, now it is all the time. On the other hand people will come up to me and tell me they support me.”

The offensive video can be viewed below:

24 Comments

  • I don’t see what’s so funny either. He is a child killer, that’s no joke!

  • Hi, I’m a Dutch citizen and history student and I’m quite troubled by some of the falacies and misleading arguments that have been posted here. First of all I would like to respond to Pim Meibosch: It is not necessary to right your whole message in capitals. It doesn’t add any more weight to your argument, actually it makes it look like you just feel that way and don’t care to prove your statements at all. About your facts about the compliance of Dutch officials in cooperating with the Nazi government.

    It is true that Holland had one of the highest rates off Jews that had been deported, a sad but true fact. What bothers me however is how you interpret this information. You say that the Dutch where happy to give over the Jews but in fact Dutch society at that point in time was completely arranged according to religion. Everyone was registered according to their religion so it naturally was quite easy for the Germans to use this information to find Jewish people. There were even Dutch resistance movements who tried or succeeded in burning civil archives during the war, although this started to happen when the worst damage had already been done.

    To Steve and Richard Sherman: I would like to ask them where they got their ridiculous idea that antisemitism has always been a foundation of Dutch culture. As far as I know the opposite has been the case for at least the past four hundred years. When the Jews where expelled from Portugal and Spain in the 16th and 17th century most of them eventually ended up in Amsterdam or somewhere else in the Netherlands. Why? Because the Netherlands where tolerant towards people from different faiths. Among Dutch Jews Amsterdam was even called Jerusalem of the West. Now I’m not claiming there was no antisemitism in the Netherlands at the time, antisemitism was widespread throughout Europe, but to say that antisemitism is a foundation of Dutch culture is just simply wrong. Have you forgotten what a staunch supporter the Netherlands have been to Israel; That my country is one of the few European nations still left that support Israel? Another minor point that I would like to make is that people who are critical of Israels policy’s are not antisemitic. I am saying that because it has recently come to my attention that in many cases anyone who publicly complains about Israels policy is castigated as a antisemite.

  • Well, if the comments here prove anything, then it’s that it’s impossible to make fun of Israel and it’s leaders…..

    That’s a dangerous thing, by the way. It’s called cencorship.

    And about the question of (anti)semitism, or racism: do you think Palestians would consider this funny?

  • Hey, what’s wrong with everybody lately? Recently, all we are seeing in our behaviour is intollerance and aggressiveness towards one another. But why are we still leaching out our frustrations against the Jewish people. They have 100% right to have their own Land back and to form a State, just like evryone else in the world! Have we forgotten what WWII was like? And for those who weren’t born, if they only knew what terrible suffering there was, they would change their tune in a zap of a second.We’re all walking on thin ice if we keep this attitude up. As for me, I’ve been watching and reading the signs, and I don’t like what’s the vibrations and high frequency is registrating. God help all of us if we don’t wake-up before it’s too late. And you know what the true folly is?…all these people go to church and pray from the Old and New Testament, so why? Why don’t they understand that God created the universe, not us..we’re just passing through…and just as I suffer so does my neighbor, and my fellow countryman and in other lands, we all are one human race. We all have the same desires; to be free.

  • This is NOT satire. It is anti-Semitism of the lowest sdort. Unfortunately, some people are going to believe that this video was not faked and passions will be inflamed. The video encourages violence against Jews and Israelis.

  • Everyone who abhors this blatant Dutch anti-Semitism, taking the now familiar form of anti-Israelism, should email or call the Dutch Consulate in New York (E-mail info@dutchhelp.com, Phone 877-388 2443) and complain!

  • DISGUSTING…………………..!!!!!

  • Instead of words, i invite all of you to come to Europe. because it aint that bad at all. I’d even rate it pretty good and way above average.

    And about WWII, what happened there was very bad, and i dont think any of the people living there still enjoy it. But you cannot use that to define a country. A lot of years passed, and people change. You cannot actually define a country by its past. Otherwise we could just as well delete this entire world instantly. Cause every country and place on the world, has known its bad an violent times.

    For this vid? Ok it might look a little bit too far. But its just satiric stuff. It isn’t even based on true meaning. It’s just trying to entertain people, as it also entertained people with a funvid about Hamas in 2009.
    If nobody would’ve made this so extreme as news, there wouldn’t even have been much people knowing about it in fact.

    I wished the world could someday set aside its differences and work together to peace. As in the end we all want to have peace and be happy to our highest extend.

    • UNFORTUNATELY PEOPLE DO NOT CHANGE, I GREW UP IN HOLLAND AND KNOW WHAT LIVES THERE.

      IF YOU WANT TO LIVE A FAIRY TALE,FINE WITH ME BUT
      DON’T ASK OTHER PEOPLE TO DE THE SAME BECAUSE IT
      MIGHT COST THEM THEIR LIFE.

  • Shmuel Mendelsohn

    I wonder if the world would find it justifiable if Jews started rioting in the streets because of the offensive video! Do you think!

  • Shmuel Mendelsohn

    I wonder if the world would find it justifiable for Jews to riot on the streets and burn down a few embassies! It certainly has a precedent!

    • Perfect question, Shmuel.

      • “I wonder if the world would find it justifiable for Jews to riot on the streets and burn down a few embassies! It certainly has a precedent!”

        Well, you’ve just admitted Netanyahu is your Messiah :D

  • As a Dutch citizen I would like to point out that some points in this article are wrong.

    At first, everybody in the Netherlands know that the videos made by ‘LuckyTV’ are fake, everybody know that it is sarcastic. Secondly ‘De wereld draait door’ is an evening show such as shows like ‘The tonight show’ of Jay Leno. It is not a serious news program as suggested.

    Finally the suggestion that ‘thousands of Twitter and Facebook users who advertised it under the headline Netanyahu finally tells the truth.’, suggest that this video is headline news in the Netherlands, but it isn’t. The biggest attention it is getting is from misunderstanding, unfortunately.
    Greetings from the Netherlands.

    • IT PROBABLY ALSO WAS A MISUNDERSTANDING TO DEPORT 96000
      JEWS.
      SORRY WE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND WE DIDN’T KNOW.
      BETRAYAL PORTRAYED AS MISUNDERSTANDING.

  • WHAT WAS UNDER THE SURFACE ONLY FLOATED UP.
    MOST OF HOLLAND HAPPILY DEPORTED THE JEWS DURING WWII.
    BETWEEN 11 AND 15% SURVIVED THE WAR.
    THIS IS THE LOWEST PERCENTAGE OF WESTERN EUROPE INCLUDING
    GERMANY.
    EVEN POLAND DID A BETTER JOB IN SAVING JEWS, WHILE THERE WAS A STANDING ORDER FOR HELPERS OF THE JEWS,TO BE EXECUTED TOGETHER WITH THEIR DIRECT FAMILY.
    WHILE IN HOLLAND YOU RECEIVED 7,50 GUILDERS FOR BETRAYING
    ONE JEW.

  • Truly disgusting. This isn’t funny nor satirical. This is clearly blatant anti-Semitism. The Dutch have have a poor record when it comes to Jews. Laugh now but you have shown the world that your mainstream media is full of hatred for Jews/Israelis.

  • Edited Video Suggests Israel Was Intentionally Targeting Gaza Civilians (VIDEO) http://wp.me/p1Jt6N-Sm

  • Just remember the DUTCH turned over their list of Jewish citizens to the Nazi which accelerated the Final Solution..Antisemitism is foundational to DUTCH culture.

  • Our spoken words are required of us by G_D, and He knows the words said. G_D also knows words rearanged, and will hold those resonsible for lying. Meaning they will join the ‘Father of lies’for eternity.

  • So the Dutch have become as vial as the rest of Europe. The Jewish people learned in the last century that they can only rely on G-d and themselves. And those who bless them will be blesses and those who curse them will be cursed. Most of the world wants to be cursed.

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