Friday, January 25, 2013
The Israeli public gave its' votes to the new party Yesh Atid & Labor instead of Far Right parties. The Likud coalition was the biggest overall vote getter, but lost seats from the last Knesset. But still, it looks like Netanyahu will form the next government.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
from Richard Silverstein's blog:
Balad, the Israeli Palestinian political party with three MKs (including Haneen Zoabi), prepared a hilarious campaign commercial that featured Palestinian performers singing the Ha-Tikvah (national anthem). For the most part, it was even a straightforward rendition of the song. No words were changed.
Of course there was one small catch: as the song was played a bunch of mincing marionettes representing the crème de la crème of the Israeli far-right danced across the screen with Avigdor Lieberman chief among them. The video is meant as a satire of Lieberman’s bill requiring Israeli Palestinian citizens to swear an oath of loyalty to Israel and sing the national anthem. The actual singing of HaTikvah in the video is meant to satirize the legislation.
Here is how Ali Abunimah translated the Lieberman puppet’s statement:
“I have become convinced of the need to change the anthem a bit so that the Arabs can learn it and sing it.” The gag is that the altered version Lieberman and other right-wing politicians perform is simply the same Zionist lyrics to an Arab beat.
The Knesset election committee banned the ad as insulting to Israeli icons. They were referring to the anthem (which wasn’t insulted at all) but might just as well have been referring to Lieberman (who was).