The PJ Tatler

'Shirley Temper' and the Reality of Pallywood Hits Mainstream Media


The UK Daily Mail has finally caught on to the reality of Pallywood, the nickname for the professional Palestinian activists who pose in suffering mode for social media and the international press. This time they profiled a recent ambush of an Israeli soldier in the West Bank. In the photograph, a group of Palestinians are seen tackling the shocked soldier who is kneeling over a Palestinian boy. The soldier is being bitten on the hand by 13-year-old Ahed Tamimi, a known Pallywood star. Tamimi’s presence in the photograph raised questions regarding the authenticity of the claims associated with the image.

The teenager has appeared in a string of similar videos where she challenges Israeli security forces and rose to prominence after she was filmed confronting one who arrested her brother, which resulted in her being presented with a bravery award.

…Online blogs have dubbed her ‘Shirley Temper’ and accused her of being a ‘Pallywood’ star – a term coined by author Richard Landes, describing the alleged media manipulation by Palestinians to win public relations war against Israel.

Apparently the soldier pinned the boy down at gunpoint following a weekly pro-Palestinian march that took place in the area. A fact that was not included in the social media release of the image, but was later clarified by the IDF spokesperson, is that rocks were being thrown at the Israeli soldiers by the activists.

‘The youth who was photographed was identified by the lookout force as a stone-thrower, and because of this it was decided to detain him. At the time of the arrest, a violent provocation by a number of Palestinians developed, including women and children. In light of the violent altercation, the commander decided to not to go ahead with the detention.’

He added: ‘Two additional Palestinian youths were arrested for throwing stones during the violent clashes. The soldier pictured was lightly wounded as a result of the violent actions against him.’ 

This is Pallywood, folks, where anyone can become a star. At least if they’re willing to sacrifice their dignity and fight on behalf of a terrorist regime while potentially knocking off a soldier or two. Makes the casting couch look like a piece of cake.