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Propaganda 2.0? Israel Condemns Released Killer on YouTube

The Israeli government, no longer willing to wait to for an Arab television interview, is sending their message to the Arab world via YouTube. Israel's government uploaded a video in Arabic and English condemning Lebanese militant Samir Qantar as "the most despicable of murderers." Qantar, released Wednesday in a prisoner swap, received a hero's welcome back in Lebanon. He had been jailed since 1979 for killing a 4-year-old Israeli girl, along with her father and two policemen. The 2-year-old sister also died, because her mother accidentally smothered her while they hid.

Israel is trying to smother the political support for Qantar with the details of his crime sent straight to the Arab world. But the message comes with a warning, too. The Arabic video ends promising a tougher Israeli response than in 2006, if Hezbollah tries a kidnapping similar to its capture of two Israeli soldiers. Hezbollah says that Israel is sending voicemails to Lebanese mobile phones with the same retaliation threat.

YouTube sounds like a promising channel for dialogue, but I couldn't imagine receiving a voicemail from a foreign government hinting at impending military violence. Do you think a message for peace can get out using technology?

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True-Song True-Song 8 years
Well, it's not like it's terribly controversial...
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
redlilly24, I couldn't agree with you more!
redlilly24 redlilly24 8 years
whats more sad, and weird is that this story only generated 5 responses.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
sorry, it's just weird to think that this pops up...
True-Song True-Song 8 years
It's just to think that this pops up on the internet next to the cat playing with the macbook.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Qantar's crime is absolutely horrible and heart-wrenching. That being said, I really don't think approve of sending this message via YouTube. MartiniLush said everything I was thinking much better than I can right now, and apart from all of that, I also think that it's a rather disrespectful way to handle such a serious crime and warning.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I teared up too. This is despicable. No, that isn't a strong enough word. The fact than anyone, let alone a large group could support this man and celebrate him as a hero is beyond disgusting. Beyond sick. And I feel beyond terrified that there are people in this world who are like this. I can't imagine how terrifying it is to be an Israeli. The day to day threat of violence. The fact that whole countries want to completely wipe your country off the map. There is much more I would say on the matter, but I know my words would be misconstrued.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
The story behind this is so sad, I teared up sitting here reading it. Really, there have been so many atrocities committed on both sides of this is horrible to see Israel and Lebanon locked in such a seemingly never-ending downward spiral, with so many innocent civilians caught in the middle! As for the You Tube video...I don't think it will help? Will the Lebanese that see this video believe it? And sending threatening messages to Lebanese cell phones? I think they are trying to warn people to lessen support for Hezbollah, but I think by sending a threat it may only make people fear Israel more and strengthen Hezbollah's base of support.
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