Israel’s ‘right’ to hit Iran goes viral (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By MICHAL SHMULOVICH 04/22/12)
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YouTube clips, viewed by over 2 million people, compare Iranian
threat to the Holocaust
A series of videos asserting that Israel is within its legal and
moral rights to attack Iran have gone viral, and had been seen by
over two million people as of Sunday. They were launched by the pro-
Israeli activist group The Land of Israel.
The videos assert Israel’s obligation to protect its people from “a
As of Sunday, the first of the videos, “Iran vs. Israel — Back to the
future,” had been viewed about 1 million times since it was posted
two weeks ago. The second, ”Iran vs. Israel — No fear,” posted late
last week, had received over 1,650,000 views at the time of writing.
“Back to the future,” portrays Holocaust-era Jews, powerless and
dejected, who tried to enter the United States on the USS St. Louis —
but were forced to return to Nazi Germany. To a soundtrack of
orchestrated music, American-born Jeremy Gimpel, one of the co-
founders of the group, indirectly equates the gravity of the Iranian
threat with that of the Holocaust.
“We are reliving the year 1939 — but this time is different,” says
Gimpel, referring to the start of World War II and with it the
“But, this time, we have been resurrected,” he adds, referring to the
State of Israel and Jews’ ability to defend themselves. ”We must
never depend on the help of any other country for survival,” he goes
on, asserting that Israel is facing a threat “unparalleled in world
history” from Iran.
“No fear,” the second video, narrated by Ari Abramowitz, another
American-born co-founder of the group, takes a different approach.
He talks about Iran’s desire to conquer the world and being on the
verge of acquiring nuclear weapons (if the regime does not have them
already, he adds) with sound bites of Iran’s President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad invoking the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution,
Ayatollah Khomeini, at a massive rally — “Our dear imam, you stated
that the arrogant powers of the world must be annihilated!” — to
which the crowd erupted in cheers.
Abramowitz offers an explanation for the world’s ostensible paralysis
vis-à-vis a nuclear Iran. “It’s called cognitive dissonance,” he
says, “the subconscious denial of something so terrifying that the
gravity of the threat is totally denied despite the catastrophic
consequences of inaction.”
He adds that Israel cannot afford to act that way.
A third video is to be posted soon, the group says.
Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened the Iranian
threat to the Holocaust in an address marking Holocaust Remembrance
Day. Nobel Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel rejected
the comparison. “Tehran will not build another Auschwitz,” Wiesel
Israeli groups have also taken action against the perceived Israeli
gear-up for an attack on Iran. The “Iranians we love you” social
media campaign went viral in March after a group of Israelis tried to
extend to their Iranian counterparts messages of friendship rather
Hundreds also protested the prospect of Israel bombing Iran in Tel
Aviv in March.
The Israeli media has recently debated what an Israeli attack on Iran
would mean for the Israeli public — and if such an attack is
The United States and Europe have tried to engage Iran about its
nuclear program, and US President Barack Obama indicated that if the
Iranians can prove that the nature of its program is demonstrably
civilian — and peaceful — that the US would tolerate it.
The last round of talks, in Istanbul, between Iran and the P5+1
group — the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council,
plus Germany — brought some hope for a breakthrough with Iran, but no
concrete decisions were taken. Talks are set to resume in Baghdad on
May 23. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 04/22/12)
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