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Israel’s New Anti-Hamas Video Is… Weird

Tongue-in-cheek propaganda cartoon features an ignorant blond reporter with an apparently American accent

Jonathan Zalman
June 17, 2015

Earlier this week, the Israeli Foreign Ministry released a video called, “Open your eyes about Gaza.” The video, which you can view below, features a naive reporter who kind of resembles Chris Swollenballs from South Park, as he reports from the ground in Gaza, and its tunnels. Warning: SPOILERS BELOW!

“There are no terrorists here,” the reporter says, as a woman rolls by with her baby, before a black-and-green-clad terrorist—a member of Hamas—launches a rocket, presumably at Israel, in the background. Hamas, the reporter later states, has enabled the liberal and pluralistic Palestinian society to flourish under its rule, and that “Hamas allows everyone to live in dignity.” As he finishes, a member of Hamas kidnaps a man who’s standing next to an LGBT flag. Then, a woman gives the reporter a pair of eyeglasses, so that he can see “the reality of life under Hamas rule.” Then he faints.

Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.