ARFA: Why Facebook Banned Satire Of Palestinian Propaganda

This past summer, as Israel sought to squelch Hamas attacks, Israelis and Palestinians alike found inspiration in the hit, “Up, Do Terror Attacks,” a Hamas pop production in Hebrew meant to scare Israelis with their musical call to kill and expel all Jews from the land of Israel (aka “Palestine”).

Israelis didn’t get scared; they got creative, giving Hamas a lesson in music production with parodies in different styles, from a Capella to acoustic.

All versions remain on YouTube. The original drew no uproar from pro-Palestinian human rights groups. Nor do these groups complain about the anti-Semitic, genocidal pop culture icons like the jihadi mascot Nahul the Bee encouraging kids to shoot Jews and “Ahmed the Poet” reciting poems about Jewish genocide, whom you can watch on YouTube thanks to the Palestinian Media Watch.

But what happened when I decided to help Hamas out and offer a more feminist, bubble-gum version of their genocidal propaganda?

Inspired by Hamas, I created “Gaza Girls,” a fictitious Palestinian girl band made up of three devout Muslim women fighting the evil Zionist occupation. The anthem of their debut single “Kill All the Jews” is sung to a Village People “Y-M-C-A” style dance with the “burka back-up” dancers as seen above.

As an experiment in fake Palestinian activism, I marketed the video on a “Gaza Girls” Facebook and Twitter account (@thegazagirls), lush with the #FreePalestine hashtag.

YouTube quickly expelled the video as “hate speech.” So I uploaded it to the “Gaza Girls” Facebook page, where I boosted it to Palestine. Anti-Israel activists like @bea4palestine and Elettra Palastina gave the Gaza Girls an encouraging shout out.

But the anti-Israel crowd soon understood that no Palestinian would be so openly Hitler-like in the English language – or that no Muslim woman would perform so Britney-like. They quickly exposed me as a “Zionist settler” and defended “Palestine” in the comments section, with Kim Akdi summing it up (screen shots have been preserved):

 

 

Glad that’s settled. Those “Free Palestiners” have nothing wrong with “peaceful Jews,” only, it appears, with Jewish babies sitting in their strollers in Jerusalem and unarmed rabbis leading a calls to freedom of worship on the Temple Mount. Hamas is the one that criminalizes the Palestinians. Why won’t she protest the Hamas charter?

Yet, these same Hamas apologists, led by radical Israeli leftist Ami Kaufman, ganged up on Facebook and Vimeo to have “Kill All the Jews” removed even though it only puts Hamas propaganda to entertaining music. Kaufman boasted of his Facebook victory on Twitter:

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“Free Palestiners” can dish it, but they can’t take it. They’ll accuse Israel of a Gaza genocide that doesn’t exist, but get upset when a Jew parodies the Palestinian genocidal propaganda campaign that actually exists. If the armchair jihadis were sincere about their respect for the “Jewish people,” they’d ask Facebook and YouTube to hire an Arabic-speaking customer service agent to monitor the anti-Semitic preaching that Western audiences can’t understand.

Meanwhile, after Facebook rejected my automated appeal, I was banned from posting on Facebook for three days. The “Gaza Girls” page disappeared. I couldn’t reach a human being at either YouTube or Facebook (unless my query was related to advertising) to offer context.

Vimeo, on the other hand, demonstrated integrity. I was flagged off the site three times, and each time I reached a customer service agent to offer context. Now the “Gaza Girls” account is “whitelisted.”

I do admit that the more honest title would have been “Kill the Majority of Jews,” since only a minority of Jews are vocally anti-Zionist. Radical Leftist bullies like Ami Kaufman will probably be spared.

Orit Arfa is a journalist based in Israel and author of The Settler, a novel of modern Israel.

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