No 994 Posted by fw, March 1, 2014
Satire that is simultaneously tragic and funny.
YouTube may be forced to remove this video so watch it while you can. In the event it is removed, following the video link is a transcript of the voiceover narration and onscreen images.
To view this short video, click on this link — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh_kaSqOkNc
[Unidentified male] – All you have to do is come to one policy conference and you’d be hooked
[Off-screen voiceover of unidentified female] – It’s exciting to see so many people together who understand that sometimes you just have to violate other people’s human rights if you want to take their land. Where else can you find so many compassionate elected officials – [onscreen AIPAC images of Tony Blair, John Kerry, Mitch McConnell] willing to forgive and forget Israel’s defiance of International laws.
[Off-screen voiceover of unidentified female] – There are book-signings and films that completely ignore the occupation of Palestine.
[Israeli-accented voiceover of unidentified male] – The amazing array of pro-war speakers who are here today… [onscreen images of John McCain, Nancy Pelosi]
[Male voiceover] – Look at all the creative ways that Israelis are keeping Israel safe [onscreen images of military strikes and soldier maltreatment of Palestinians]
[Male voiceover] – Apache helicopter, even drones used to kill Palestinians [onscreen image of helicopter attack and drone flying overhead, followed by images of AIPAC audience applauding and male voiceover saying] – That was very moving for me.
[Male voiceover] – And because of what I learned at the policy conference [another male voiceover] – I was better at justifying Israel’s illegal settlements…
[Voiceover dubbing of words of unidentified male speaker at conference podium] – For the first time in AIPAC history we are starting to lose our iron-clad grip on Congress. We haven’t bombed Iran, we haven’t bombed Syria, and all these peace talks are killing us [onscreen image of Netanyahu’s ludicrous finger-pointing at laughable bomb drawing followed by image of standing ovation from audience]
[Onscreen image of Joe Biden with male voiceover dubbing] – Out job is to prevent the third Palestinian Intifada, ensure a nuclear-armed Israel, and an Israel that always gets American taxpayer money.
[Onscreen image of Netanyahu with male voiceover dubbing] – I thanks you for your zealotry, I thank you for your prejudice, and I thank you for standing up for Apartheid State of Israel [onscreen image of standing ovation]
[Onscreen text] – Join us. AIPAC Policy Conference, March 2-4, 2014
[Onscreen text] – Support Diplomacy – Boycott AIPAC
And here’s CODEPINK’S media release response to AIPAC’s legal threat —
WASHINGTON – February 26 – On February 25th, an AIPAC member called a CODEPINK staffer threatening legal action in response to a controversial video clip that he alleges was made by the peace group CODEPINK. The video is a satirical version of an AIPAC policy conference promotional video.
In response, CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin commented, “It is absurd for AIPAC to threaten legal action over such an obviously satirical video. It is interesting that they are reacting so strongly to the clip, though. Perhaps it’s because the content is really an accurate reflection of AIPAC’s dangerous foreign policies. AIPAC does, in fact, advocate for bombing countries such as Iran and Syria; it fails to condemn Israel’s continued building of settlements and its human rights abuses against Palestinians; and it lobbies Congress to send billions of taxpayer dollars to Israel to continue the occupation of Palestine.” She added, “What are they trying to hide by silencing this video?”
CODEPINK activists have contacted legal representation and are available for interviews.