“We Con the World,” a parody video supporting the Israeli commandos involved in the flotilla incident, has collected several million views on YouTube and other video hosting sites. Caroline Glick — deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post — produced the video for the website Latma, intended for the Israeli domestic audience. But as Glick explains to PJM:
My team and I were very angry for the way Israel was being demonized, and for the way our soldiers were being demonized by the international media, by the UN, and by the Arabs. We were responding to those people who dared to call our naval commandos murderers for defending their country and themselves from a lynch mob. When we saw the international community pile on against Israel, it was so dramatic and overwhelming we decided to produce the song in English.
Warner/Chappell, which owns the rights to “We are the World,” had YouTube remove the video, supposedly for copyright infringement. Glick, who is appealing, contends there were no violations of the fair use doctrine or U.S. copyright law. Indeed, I quickly found that YouTube hosts another parody video, “Obama’s Inauguration Party Song,” which also uses the tune from “We are the World”. Neither YouTube nor Warner saw fit to pull this video, though the lyrics are objectionable.
Glick comments about the obvious hypocrisy:
They are trying to personalize everything and demonize what they can’t contend with. The left has one card, and they play it over and over again for dealing with issues. They have no answer but to resort to the politics of destruction. Their favorite method is to call anyone who gives them an answer that they can’t contend with a racist. They cry for terrorists who would destroy them, but come out against democracies.
Critics claim that a line from the Glick video — “There’s no people dying, so the best that we can do is create the greatest bluff of all” — is insensitive to the nine people who died on the flotilla. From Huffington Post columnist Eileen Read:
Even if she hates people of another race or religion and is allowed by her editors to poke fun at them in a tasteless and blatantly racist way, she should be fired for making fun of the dead.
What we were referring to are the people in Gaza. No one in Gaza is dying as a consequence of Israel’s naval blockade off the coast. The line was not about the specific flotilla. The point is the bluff they are putting together: that the flotilla was for a humanitarian mission, when in fact what they want to do is really attack Israel.
The critics of the parody show a definite disconnect with what actually happened, according to publicly available video footage of the incident. The supposed “peace activists,” some members of the terrorist group IHH (Foundation for Humanitarian Rights and Freedoms), initiated the violence. Says Glick:
Calling them peace activists is a complete lie. If you want to get some credibility you attach the word peace to your name or title, and you can get immunity to criticism. Instead of listening to the message, they are demonizing the messenger.
There is a boycott of Israel by Hollywood and the rock world. They would rather champion a terrorist organization against Israel. Where are the Jews of Hollywood — Steven Spielberg, Barbara Streisand, and David Geffen? They will not speak out on Israel’s behalf. They care far more about being leftist than they care about being Jews.
Glick feels her critics did not succeed at stifling her speech — according to her, tens of thousands of people sent in responses to the video, with 90% of them being overwhelmingly positive. Responses came from people of different religious backgrounds, including Jews, Christians, Muslims, Armenians, and Kurds, from all over the world. She points out that after the original version was taken down, al-Jazeera aired almost the entire clip after translating it into Arabic. She feels the reason for her success is the clear, truthful, and understandable points:
People were really moved by our message, and it hit them in both the head and the gut.
Defiantly, Glick just released another video:
For those people who hate me, expect more.