August 21, 2013
CALLING YOURSELF A RACIST SO YOU CAN PROVE YOU ARE ONE?::Israel's Christmas tree-banning mayor is focus of own attack ads (Edmund Sanders, August 6, 2013,LA Times)
The right-wing mayor of Upper Nazareth has raised eyebrows by claiming to defend the Jewish character of his northern Israel town through the banning of Christmas trees from public spaces and by blocking the opening of an Arab school.Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2013 11:07 AM
So as he faces reelection this fall, it wasn't that surprising that Mayor Shimon Gapso's track record was the focus of a series of negative posters hung around the city last week, labeling him a racist and a proponent of apartheid.
What was suprising, however, was the identity of those behind the attack ads: the mayor's own campaign.
Gapso, one of Israel's most provocative city officials, launched the fake campaign against himself, apparently in an attempt to spark a public debate about his record that he could then respond to.
The "attack" ads included pictures of leading Arab Knesset members and leftist Israeli politicians, with slogans like "Throw the mayor out," and "We must get rid of Shimon Gapso."
He launched his "response" Monday, with one poster reading, "Upper Nazareth will be Jewish forever. No more shutting our eyes, no more grabbing on to the law allowing every citizen to live where they want. This is the time to defend our home."
There's also a YouTube video with caricatures of Arab Israeli lawmakers Ahmed Tibi and Haneen Zoabi speaking in broken Hebrew about how much they can't stand Gapso.
Gapso disclosed on this Facebook page Monday that his campaign was behind both sets of posters.