The Intercollegiate Media Studies Department at the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five small, private liberal arts colleges east of Los Angeles, posted the following video on its official Vimeo account.
The video mocks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement refuting the false claim that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (commonly known as the West Bank) are a threat to peace. First, the video erroneously claims that those communities are in “occupied territory.” Second, it used doctored “Pallywood” images to give the false impression that Israeli “settlers” cause mayhem to supposedly innocent Palestinian-Arab individuals.
It also mocks Netanyahu’s truthful assertion that Israel is a diverse country that respects the rights of all of its citizens while copying a video of Netanyahu’s problematic election-day video warning about Arabs “going to the polls in droves” for which he has since apologized and recanted. The video omits his apology and insinuates that Netanyahu does possess racist tendencies toward the Arabs.
Finally, the video mocks Netanyahu’s correct assertion that the Palestinian leadership does not want to see Jews living in a future Judenrein state of “Palestine.” It further perpetuates the myth that Israelis committed ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian-Arab population during the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. On the contrary, most of the Palestinian-Arab refugees today fled their homes to avoid the war or were induced by Arab armies to leave their homes and come back when it defeated Israel.
The video mocks Netanyahu’s correct assertion that the Palestinian leadership does not want to see Jews living in a future Judenrein state of “Palestine.”
The Claremont Colleges, and Pitzer College in particular, fosters strong anti-Israel sentiments. In 2013, a Palestinian-Arab student at Pitzer College said he would “hunt down” an Israeli professor at a mock checkpoint at Claremont McKenna College. In 2015, Students for Justice in Palestine at Pitzer College erected a mock “apartheid wall” on the quad, which two students defended as necessary for blaming the West for allowing the “oppression” of Palestinian-Arabs to happen.
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