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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Israeli government using YouTube to fight terror

The Marker, Haaretz's business supplement, is reporting that the Israeli government arranged to have videos of the aftermath of the Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav terror attack uploaded to YouTube over the past couple of weeks as part of its fight against terror in the media.
The government recently posted three videos related to the terror attack at Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva earlier this month. While the poster was not identified as having any connection to the government, TheMarker has learned that the Prime Minister's Office was actually behind the upload to the popular video file-sharing site. It is the first time that a government body has used the site in response to a terror attack.

The first film features graphic and bloody footage shot inside the yeshiva in the wake of the attack, as English subtitles document an emergency call made by a yeshiva student during the attack. The one-minute video attracted over 5,300 viewings and 88 responses as of last night.

The second film is shorter, at 27 seconds, and is entitled "Act Now: Stop the Bloodshed, Stop the Terror. It features similar images, with solemn background music and title screens in English describing the attack.
I had not seen that video before. Here it is.

The third is a slightly longer version of the second [and ironically has been tagged 'not suitable for minors' by YouTube. Ironic because most of the boys who were murdered were minors. CiJ].
Here's that video:

In the past, the government has responded to terror attacks with official statements to radio and television stations. A source close to the latest measure has told TheMarker that Jerusalem will upload videos to YouTube in the event of any future terror attacks.
It's about time! I'm amazed at how little interaction there is (at least as far as I am aware) between the government and pro-Israel bloggers. Then again, I wouldn't be one of the bloggers they contact. They know that I'm in favor of new elections.


At 5:07 PM, Blogger Don P said...

They know that I'm in favor of new elections.
Any one with half a brain would be.
I am amazed that the Israeli government is so shy about using the media. The jihadis have made it clear that they consider it another front in their war, yet the west seems content to concede this battlefield uncontested

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Yeah, I noticed several helpful pro-Israel YouTube videos and channels, including ones that seem affiliated with the government, and have been considering setting up a YouTube account to collect through "favorites" and link to via "subscriptions" some of these excellent videos, but I was wondering if joining YouTube results in getting a lot of computer ads and/or spam. Anybody know?

At 8:03 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Better late than never. Over the past decade, Israel's governments have internalized the enemy narrative as Israel's own so it has never occurred to them Israel even has its own side of the story to tell.

Israel has a good story to tell but this government seems incapable of making that case clear to the rest of the world. What kind of peace partner is it the vast majority of its own population advocates the mass murder of Jews? Just posing such an akward question reveals the peace process is a sham.

Just don't look for Israel's current leadership to admit to it.


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