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Israeli Ministry Posts Cartoon Clip Mocking Foreign Journos in Gaza; Journos Respond

Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry uploaded a bizarre animated short to YouTube yesterday mocking foreign reporters’ coverage of Gaza.

The cartoon depicts a very clueless reporter assuring that all is well in the region, while terrorists pop up in the background heavily armed, launching rockets, and kidnapping civilians.

The message at the end tells the media “open your eyes” to the real atrocities going on.

Well, the Foreign Press Association actually responded in a statement, expressing some disbelief at the video:

The Foreign Press Association is surprised and alarmed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s decision to produce a cartoon mocking the foreign media’s coverage of last year’s war in Gaza.

At a time when Israel has serious issues to deal with in Iran and Syria, it is disconcerting that the ministry would spend its time producing a 50-second video that attempts to ridicule journalists reporting on a conflict in which 2,100 Palestinians and 72 Israelis were killed.
Israel’s diplomatic corps wants to be taken seriously in the world. Posting misleading and poorly conceived videos on YouTube is inappropriate, unhelpful and undermines the ministry, which says it respects the foreign press and its freedom to work in Gaza.

You can watch the cartoon below:

[h/t WaPo]
[image via screengrab]

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