Earlier this month, thousands of protestors from across the West Bank came together in opposition to the Prawer Plan, a proposed Israeli law that would lead to the displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin living in the Naqab. After further construction in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, settlements now house 560,000 Israelis. Peace talks brokered by John Kerry in the summer were doomed before they started. Basically, peace in the Middle East is as fucked as it ever was.
Yet perhaps the most heinous act of provocation came from Orit Arfa, an American settler in Israel who performs Zionist versions of recent pop hits. When Alicia Keys was urged by the Palestinian Civil Society for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions to cancel gigs in Israel and Stevie Wonder faced criticism for playing a pro-Israel gala in LA, Orit Arfa performed pro-Israel Weird-Al-Yankovich-cum-Rebecca-Black versions of their songs “This Girl Is On Fire” (which became “Israel Will Inspire“) and “I Just Called To Say I Love You” (“We Just Called To Say We Love Israel”). Clever, right?
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