Israel video calls Europeans 'ignorant'

Israel depicts European correspondents reporting there as stupid and condescending in video on a new government website.

Israel video calls Europeans 'ignorant'

Israel depicts European correspondents reporting there as stupid and condescending in video on a new government website created to help improve Israel's image abroad.

Israel is concerned over its image that, after its offensive on the Gaza Strip last year that killed nearly 1500 Palestinians, with a third of them children.

The main aim of the website is to offer tips to Israelis travelling abroad on how to correct "common myths and misperceptions" about their country.

Israel now faces UN war crimes report that particularly details Israel's alleged war crimes during the Gaza offensive.

Members of the sizable foreign press corp see it "a worrisome development" that reporters are already facing an unfriendly working atmosphere.

"We see this as a very worrisome development from the point of view of the Israeli authorities, which is not in the interest of the state of Israel and definitely not in the interest of the foreign journalists in Israel," said Conny Mus, chairman of the Jerusalem-based Foreign Press Association (FPA).

The FPA's nearly 500 members were already facing an unfriendly working atmosphere which does not fit with a democratic state, said Mus.

However, Hasbara Minister Yuli Edelstein defended the videos.

"Like any other campaign, this is a grotesque satire, and every citizen understands that it's only satire," said Edelstein.

Besides targeting foreign journalists, the clips imply that Europeans see the Holy Land, and do business here -- are ignorant enough to swallow any "preposterous" image of Israel.

The report, which was compiled by a panel led by Richard Goldstone, a South African judge, had already been endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, which sponsored the fact-finding commission.

Most of the criticism in the Goldstone report was directed towards Israel's conduct during the offensive, in which it concluded that Israel used disproportionate force, deliberately targeting Gaza civilians, using them as human shields, and destroying civilian infrastructure.


Agencies

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