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"Anonymous" Israeli propaganda on YouTube

Just under a month ago we published a post about a terrorist shooting in a Talmudic school in Jerusalem. Now, daily Israeli newspaper Haaretz has revealed that the government used YouTube, under an anonymous guise, to broadcast this video as a provocative reminder of the event. Warning, you may find some of the images upsetting.

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Just under a month ago we published a post about a terrorist shooting in a Talmudic school in Jerusalem. Now, daily Israeli newspaper Haaretz has revealed that the government used YouTube, under an anonymous guise, to broadcast these images as a provocative reminder of the event.

The video, which has an amateur appearance, was published on March 10 under the name of "AtiyaRachel". But The Marker, the business supplement of Haaretz, revealed that it was actually the Prime Minister's office behind the videos, entitled "Emergency call" and "Act NOW. Stop the terror, stop the bloodshed". Warning, you may find some of the images upsetting.

Emergency call: "shooting all over the place…we're hiding"

Posted by "AtiyaRachel" 10 March 08

This video uses a recording of an emergency call to the police from one of the students in the Merkaz Harav yeshiva. The student says he's hears gun shots nearby and is hiding.

"The government realised that the only way to ensure the message is understood is by cutting out the middle man"

Our Observer Ariel Woolf, who works in a Talmudic school in Tel Aviv:

I must say my initial reaction was that of frustration. That the only response to the slaughter was to appeal for international sympathy rather than to convey the message that such heinous crimes will not be tolerated. On the other hand, I must commend the government for realizing that the only way to ensure the message is understood is by cutting out the middle man, and that is the purpose of the video. I believe it speaks for itself.

As for changes in security measures, for a week or two afterwards there was a rise in security awareness. For example a security code was set on the entrance to the dorms. However, for the most part the reaction has been one of buckling up and continuing with our daily lives. After the attack there was a slight rise in fear among some students, but the majority decided to fight the war waged on our morale by continuing to go about their daily business."