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WATCH: How the far-right glorifies killing of Palestinians

The leader of a popular Jewish supremacist group circulates a new video that puts CCTV footage of stabbing attack to bouncy electronic music and violent, disturbing lyrics.

Benzi Gopstein, the head of Lehava, posted a video on his Facebook page Monday glorifying the killing of Palestinians. Lehava is a popular Jewish supremacist group dedicated to preventing Arab-Jewish relations, which is also accused of regular incitement and racism against Palestinians — both online and on the streets of Jerusalem.

(Click here for the original posting on Facebook)

The video itself is CCTV footage of an incident in Jerusalem on Monday in which two Palestinian girls, 14 and 16, stabbed an elderly Palestinian man with scissors (presumably mistaking him for a Jewish Israeli) before they were shot several times, and even after they lay still on the ground. One was killed, the other is in critical condition.

Crappy electronic music was added to the CCTV footage with synthesized lyrics: “She just wants to stab, put a bullet in her head.” Gopstein shared it on Facebook and wrote: “The new video, if you enjoy it share it!”

Using the video to glorify, celebrate and make light of the shooting of two Palestinian teenage girls, even though they attacked an innocent man with scissors, is almost as disturbing as the attack itself.

It is not just that the video glorifies and fetishizes the killing of Palestinians. It’s not just that it could be construed as incitement against all Palestinians, encouraging people to shoot to kill. In a certain tragic sense, it is an accurate snapshot of what life feels like in Israel these days.

In the current reality it feels like everyone is a potential target, and everything a potential weapon. Murder is not a means to an end, it has become the end. And all of the above is mediated through images and videos that people can watch, manipulate and share as they wish. This of course is done by both Israelis and Palestinians. But let’s not forget who has the army, the right to carry weapons, and the monopoly on the use of force.

Violence itself has gained currency here, in the literal sense of the word: “the quality or state of being used or accepted by many people.” Violence against Palestinians long ago became an accepted part of daily life in Israel. Now, violence against Israelis has once again become normal, too, with Israelis being attacked daily and the majority of people remaining silent about it — as if it is par for the course.

How many more people need to be killed before we realize things need to change, drastically?

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    1. silly season

      Really? The big crime here is making a silly video? and not the insanity of two girls stabbing an old man? Perhaps the lame videographer was glorifying the killing of two people trying to murder an old man? It seems like a reasonable response. Better than passing out candy I suppose.

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    2. Ron Temis

      Mairav, I am sure your next column will express the same outrage at the violent preachers of Gaza and the West Bank imploring their people to stab, kill, run over Jews or worse and their celebration of murdered Israelis. If you don’t say that out loud, you are a hypocrite (which we already know). I deplore what Gopstein did, though I would have shot those people without any remorse whatsoever.

      All your magazine does is demonize Israelis, pleasing the European masters who pay you.

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      • Ben

        When I see this word “demonize” in this context I know that we are in for propaganda. +972 Magazine’s writers are intelligent, sophisticated, level-headed, persistently thoughtful and fair-minded. They do a remarkable job on this. They do not “demonize.” The “European masters” claptrap is blame-externalizing ad hominem, essentially a polite form of calling these courageous writers traitors. You want to condemn lone wolf teens stabbing people and who doesn’t, it’s terrible, but then when things are quiet your type is the first to lapse into comfortable complacency. “Things are quiet. So nice. What occupation? We need a looong term interim yadda yadda yadda.” And as Zonszein says, let’s not forget who has the army, the right to carry weapons, and the monopoly on the use of force. And let’s also not forget who is occupying whom.

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        • Gustav

          Benny is a boring and repetitive propagandist. His constant theme is…

          1. Occupation.
          2. Lone wolf attacks.

          Lucky someone like me is prepared to be boring too. And remind him…

          1. The occupation is a consequence of 100 years of violence against us by his Arabs. The occupation is not the original cause of the violance.

          First there was violence then came the occupation.

          2. Yea right, boring, 100 years of lone wolf attacks. You must take people to be fools, Benny.

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          • Ben

            “someone like me is prepared to be boring”

            We couldn’t agree more. Thanks for the mirth. We’re still laughing over here. First self-aware thing you’ve said in months.

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          • Gustav

            Again Benny tells a half truth. Here is what I said fully.

            GUSTAV:”Benny is a boring and repetitive propagandist. Luckily someone like me is prepared to be boring too”

            Telling half a truth, Benny, is a form of lying.

            Now, Benny-leh. I mocked myself (and you). You, being the petty, boring, monothematic poster that you are forgot something. You haven’t got it in you to be self critical.

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          • Ben

            An excerpt in plain sight of the text from which it is excerpted is neither “a half-truth” nor “a form of lying,” luv. Everyone can see what you wrote, you don’t need to repeat it. Gosh you take yourself so seriously.

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          • Gustav

            I take myself as seriously as you do Benny.

            I’ll ask you again, why are you here repeating yourself endlessly? Don’t you think it is boring?

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