Arab world embraces Israeli youtube-satire of Qadaffi
February 27th, 2011 / Norway, Israel and the jews
The Norwegian left-of-centre is conditioned to despise Israel from a tender age. For them, Israel is no laughing matter. Although they will laugh at Israel, they will most certainly not share a chuckle with Israel. The young hipsters of the Maghreb – or at least a good few of them – are less dogmatic.
From the New York Times:
JERUSALEM — A satirical YouTube clip mocking Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s megalomania is fast becoming a popular token of the Libyauprising across Middle East. And in an added affront to Colonel Qaddafi, it was created by an Israeli living in Tel Aviv.
Mr. Alooshe, who at first did not identify himself on the clip as an Israeli, started receiving enthusiastic messages from all around the Arab world. Surfers soon discovered that he was a Jewish Israeli from his Facebook profile — Mr. Alooshe plays in a band called Hovevey Zion, or the Lovers of Zion — and some of the accolades turned to curses. A few also found the video distasteful.
But the reactions have largely been positive, including a personal message Mr. Alooshe said he received from someone he assumed to be a Libyan saying that if and when the Qaddafi regime falls, the liberated Libyans would dance to Zenga-Zenga.