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Some excerpts from a well researched and critical New York Times blog piece on Dratwa’s black-face scandal:

Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, the Lebanese writer who drew attention to a screenshot of the photograph on Friday, mocked the Israeli soldier on Monday, writing:

So this is what the Zionists call social media war? An IDF spokesman who is so moronic as to keep a rabidly racist photo like brown-face on his FB profile on PUBLIC settings, so that a half-asleep Zionist-hater like myself could discover it on Friday morning within seconds of flicking through his pics? He made it too easy.

Sad to see that Americans on Twitter and elsewhere will only understand Zionist racism when viewed through their own cultural lens and lose sight of it when it is practiced in institutionalized form and in a most brutal fashion against Palestinians. But at least this is a start.

In a comment to an Israeli news site, the officer’s superiors said that because the image was posted on the soldier’s personal Facebook account, it had no bearing on his official role.

Among the positive responses was one from David Saranga, an Israeli diplomat who seemed to signal his approval of the joke with a smiley face emoticon and a lighthearted reply.

Although Israeli soldiers are not supposed to express political opinions, Lieutenant Dratwa’s other social media accounts offer clues as to his ideological leanings. The most recent post on his personal blog, written in October, explained his view that Mitt Romney was likely to win the American presidential election. Barack Obama “sold a dream” in 2008, Lieutenant Dratwa wrote. “But with dreams no one can fill his fridge or feed his children.” He added: “Americans today need a father who is able to lead the country with a strong hand, not a dreamer.”

Several of the officer’s older blog posts appear to have been removed from his site, including one featuring a video described as a “comic caricature of Islam,” and another that recounted “the true story of an arrest in the Palestinian territories.”

N.B. Also amusing is the quite popular comment at the end of the piece that is supposed to be insulting and mistakes tries to pass off anti-US sentiment in the region (burning effigies and American flags) as Zionist-style racism:

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Just looked up the writer who “exposed” this soldier who had mud on him like everyone does at the dead sea….ya know who this loser writer is? she’s a Lebanese writer who trolls the web in effort to try to make Israelis look bad….and get this….In 2009, she declined the invitation to speak at the NATO Defense College, because this would have involved talking to Israeli military officers. YES what a winner of journalistic integrity! The Israeli bashing machine is hard at work. This soldier is an idiot for the off handed remark but again….pales in comparison to the Arab burning Obama in effigy stunts (just to name one).

Full story here

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Yes we did it!  The story about the IDF spokesman/social media chief’s Israeli Ashkenazic racism first reported here and here has gone mainstream. ABC News picked up the story here, swiftly followed by Mother Jones here and the Daily Mail here and the Huff Po here , even though most have mis-attributed the story to western-based media.  

 So this is what the Zionists call social media war? An IDF spokesman who is so moronic as to keep a rabidly racist photo like brown-face on his FB profile on PUBLIC settings, so that a half-asleep Zionist-hater like myself could discover it on Friday morning within seconds of flicking through his pics? He made it too easy. 

Sad to see that Americans on Twitter and elsewhere will only understand Zionist racism when viewed through their own cultural lens and lose sight of it when it is practiced in institutionalized form and in a most brutal fashion against Palestinians. But at least this is a start….

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Al-Akhbar’s Boxes and Briefs blog responds to IDF, social media chief, Sacha Dratwa’s non-apology: 

While Dratwa, the IDF and their supporters can continue to claim that any offense taken is “cynical,” we at Boxes & Briefs have drawn a different conclusion:

Had Dratwa been unaware of the history and significance of blackface, an apology would have been appropriate (surely, Dratwa and his supporters are fluent in identifying and deploring the symbols and stereotypes that conjure an ugly, painful past for Jews.)

Brownface/blackface isn’t a harmless gesture. It’s also merely the tip of the iceberg (icebergs happen to be white, which makes this a stellar idiom for elucidating issues of race to self-justifying racists.)

Full post here

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A few days ago I posted a photo of Sacha Dratwa, the head of the IDF’s social media unit and after seeing it on my blog, my colleagues at al-Akhbar later ran a very witty but factual story on the racist photo in their Boxes and Briefs blog here. Today, Dratwa responded with the following statement on his FB profile page here , saying:

“There have been attempts to make use of private photos from my Facebook profile in order to publicly misrepresent my opinions. Due to the amount of public attention I’ve garnered in recent days I have decided to restrict access to my page, in order to protect my privacy and prevent further cynical use of the information therein.

I am, and have always been, completely candid about my beliefs and have nothing to hide – as reflected by my Facebook profile, which until recently was open to everyone. The aforementioned photos do not reflect my beliefs and have no bearing whatsoever on my position in the IDF.

Sacha Dratwa”

As his statement above indicates, and in contrast to the ridiculous comments by his Zionist fans claiming his Facebook identity must have been stolen and that the racism story was a lie, Dratwa made no such claims or pretensions. He unabashedly acknowledges the photos were his, albeit used “cynically” to “misrepresent” his opinions, and that the photos in question don’t reflect his beliefs. But Dratwa also brags that he has “nothing to hide” and has always been “candid” about his beliefs.

In other words, Dratwa, like his compatriots, is an unapologetic Zionist who insults American readers’ intelligence by arguing that the photo doesn’t make him a racist. Of course, the vast majority of the world don’t need this photo or any other to know that Zionism is the most racist ideology in the world, but Dratwa doesn’t even bother to offer an explanation for the photo (he was drunk, stoned, under the effect of medication etc.) to Israel’s ignorant American supporters or to even lie by claiming we doctored the photo. But this arrogant callousness should come as no surprise because the Zionists can be assured of unconditional US support even if golliwogs and KKK hoods are involved. And this impunity doesn’t stem from Israel’s supposed status as the US’ “spoilt child”, whose Zionist lobby controls US policy, but stems from the fact that Israel is the US’ proxy settler colony in the Arab world and serves the interests of global capitalism.


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Al-Akhbar’s brilliantly witty media blog mocks the IDF social media chief I posted about earlier here. If you have a Twitter account, you can link this article and ask US officials with Twitter accounts embarrassing questions about the IDF’s racist slur against their president (and African people generally). 
"For all its high-tech industries and self-promotion as a western-style democracy, Israeli public officials apparently still enjoy forms of entertainment that went out of fashion in the US with the end of the Jim Crow era.
A photo uploaded on September 29 to the Facebook profile of the head of the IDF’s social media unit depicts the lieutenant posing with brown mud on his face under the caption: “Obama style.”…
For a poignant example of the pedestrian racism that Israeli public spokespersons can get away with – not only against Arabs and African migrants African migrants, but also against Israel’s American benefactors – look no further than the Facebook profile of the championed IDF social media guru.”

Full article here 

P.S. The video link at the end is a MUST WATCH: “I am a political science major so I know my shit….Who is Benjamin Yahoo?” For real.

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Meet the head of the IDF’s social media unit, lieutenant Sacha Dratwa, who steered Israel’s lousy hasbara campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere, which Hamas beat hands down. Dratwa has a very public Facebook account where I found this photo. Imagine, the arrogance of not caring that his 1000+ subscribers, not to mention curious observers like myself, can see his dark painted face with the words “Obama style” underneath . Apparently you can be as blatantly racist as you want in Israel and still enjoy Obama’s unadulterated support.

Meet the head of the IDF’s social media unit, lieutenant Sacha Dratwa, who steered Israel’s lousy hasbara campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and elsewhere, which Hamas beat hands down. Dratwa has a very public Facebook account where I found this photo. Imagine, the arrogance of not caring that his 1000+ subscribers, not to mention curious observers like myself, can see his dark painted face with the words “Obama style” underneath . Apparently you can be as blatantly racist as you want in Israel and still enjoy Obama’s unadulterated support.

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