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