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I’ve been coming across this video everywhere today. The Huffington Post and Mondoweiss have the video. @ibnezra on Twitter linked to it with the satirical intro “the peace loving people of israel“. The Huffington Post title is “The Real Reaction from Jerusalem.”
It’s called “synecdoche” in literature — when a small part is used as a reference to a whole thing, or vice versa. Hence, “Washington declared” for “the US government declared;” or “two more pairs of eyes” for “two more people watching.” Who do you think the featured teenagers out on the Midrachov represent? Who would back them up? Where do they acquire their attitudes?
Presenting this the way Max Blumenthal did is misleading. Anyone who knows Israel sees these kids and knows those accents are American. With the exception of the South African-sounding girl and the Israeli accented guy at the very end, these all appear to be pre-college, right-wing yeshiva Americans. It’s a very recognizable demographic in Israeli life, not the broader public. (The Israeli also says something dismissive that one might say in the presence of such Americans.)
And consequently, this strikes me as similar to misleading statistics that a majority of Israelis supported McCain and feared Obama by up to 75% — which was only true among American expats. The wider general public supported Obama by much higher figures: 46% McCain, 34% Obama and 18% undecided, nearly neck and neck. And as Paul Hilder wrote recently, over two-thirds of both Palestinians and Israelis polled both want President Obama to get involved to solve the conflict.
So my question is, who exactly is trying to speak on behalf of whom, here?[Editor’s note: This post was revised after publishing for clarity with the assistance of the author.]