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Friday, June 01, 2012

Latest Latma (plus a followup from last week's)

Last week's Latma got under the skin of the head of Peace Now:
Yariv Oppenheimer, who heads the ultra-leftist Peace Now group, is angry about a satirical imitation of him, in the form of a character named "Yariv Googleheimer" on the Latma website.

While Googleheimer is a regular on Latma's weekly Tribal Update shows, it seems a particularly strong satire in the latest Update caused Oppenheimer to lose his cool.

The skit is a version of a number from the 1960s musical Kazablan. The original version of the song – "We are All Jews" – celebrates Israelis' solidarity with each other despite the differences between the ingathered communities.

The takeoff is named "Jews united against Israel" and notes the disproportionate representation of Jews among Israel's worst rivals. It bitterly portrays George Soros, Naomi Chazan, Thomas Friedman and a list of other Jewish leftists as competing with each other over the right to castigate Israel on the international scene.

"In this way, systematically and cunningly, the right is attempting to portray whoever does not think like they do as anti-Israeli, as a traitor, as an enemy within," Oppenheimer wrote on his Facebook page. He said he was being similarly demonized by grassroots groups Im Tirtzu and Yisrael Sheli, the Yesha Council, and "Kahane's people."

Here's this week's episode: