December 31, 2012

NO UNDER, JUST TONE:

Fearing racial backlash, Shas shelves campaign video that stokes fear of Africans in Israel (ASHER ZEIGER December 31, 2012, Times of Israel)

The ultra-Orthodox Shas party prepared, and later nixed, an election campaign video intended to fuel fear of African migrants and garner support for its anti-migrant policies ahead of the January 22 elections, the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth revealed on Monday.

The message of the five-minute video (which is viewable, in Hebrew, here) is that only Shas chairman Eli Yishai, who currently serves as Israel's interior minister, can battle the threat purportedly posed by African migrants, whom Yishai and other right-wing politicians consistently refer to "infiltrators."

For the time being, the video has been shelved by Shas officials for fear of public backlash due to its racial undertones, the report said.


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