Israeli Right-wing Comedy Group Draws Ire With anti-Arab TV Skit

Israel Broadcasting Authority refuses to air sketch depicting a Jewish woman who marries an Arab man and is subsequently murdered by him; group has since removed video from its Facebook page.

Screenshot for the video before it was removed from Facebook.
Screenshot for the video before it was removed from Facebook.

The rightist humor group Latma, which produces a satirical comedy show on Israel's public television Channel 1, has been accused of posting a racist clip on its Facebook page, and hundreds have already complained.

The skit, which has since been removed from the group's Facebook page, depicts a monologue of a Jewish woman who meets, dates and marries an Arab man, has his children and in the end appears to have been murdered by him.

The skit attracted tens of thousands of views within a few hours of being posted on the show's Facebook page, and the angry comments came immediately: Many called the skit racist and compared its methods to Nazi propaganda. Others were infuriated by having their taxes pay for such material – though the sketch had a number of supporters too.

The sketch and comments were removed from Facebook after a few hours.

Viewers called on others to complain directly to the publically-funded Israel Broadcasting Authority. Later the IBA said it would not broadcast the sketch, the Walla website reported.

Viewers compared the sketch to Nazi racial laws and propaganda. "Why is this racist garbage on public television?" said one.

In the video, the woman in the monologue first appears in a short, revealing dress, saying she has met a tanned rapper who doesn't drink. Next she appears in a long skirt and long sleeves, saying her mother is complaining about her dating an Arab – who is wonderful, and she doesn't even miss the beer. Next she is married – and with a hijab covering her head. Next she appears with their son – and even more covered up – she says how her husband explained to her the true ways of Allah, with two slaps and a belt. Finally she appears veiled with more children, saying her husband told her he decided to take a second wife – and the skit ends with the implication of her death, saying it was a shame she said anything.

Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor of the Jerusalem Post, is the editor in chief of the show, Hakol Shafit, which is in the form of a mock news broadcast aired on Thursday nights. The show went on the air in early February and is the outgrowth of Latma's "Tribal Update" show. Latma was formed in 2008 in what they the group says was a response to the leftist and one-sided leanings of the Israeli media.



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