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Rapper Macklemore Releases Video to 5.2 Million People Slandering Israel

A photo of Mackelmore wearing a costume in 2014 that was criticized as being antisemitic. Photo: screenshot.

On May 6, Yom HaShoah, American rapper Macklemore once again decided to come for the Jewish people. His 2014 costume of a caricatured Orthodox Jew was not enough. This time, he chose to share with his 5.2 million followers (almost one-third of the total number of  Jews in the world) a nearly three minute propaganda song. The song, titled “Hind Hall,” is filled with inaccuracies and anti-Jewish tropes in grotesque forms.

Over a rap beat, the opening shot of the music video displays a Palestinian flag-waver in head to toe in black, standing on a roof.

Within the first four sentences, Macklemore asks, “What is the problem about divesting and wanting peace?” The answer is straightforward. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is not about peace, as explained by Palestinian Human Rights and Peace Activist Bassem Eid.

The BDS movement ignores the realities on the ground, and is really about de-legitimizing and destroying the State of Israel in any recognizable form. BDS leaders themselves have said that their goal is to destroy Israel.

After a repetitive chant of “block the barricade until Palestine is free,” a slogan used to declare the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, the rapper declares, “f**k the police” for stopping the violence on campus and the harassment and assault of Jewish students by Palestinian protesters.

Deeply upsetting graphics of war-torn children are featured throughout the video. Not once does Macklemore mention the Israeli children murdered by Hamas on October 7 — or in the decades before by Palestinians who are viewed as heroes by their government. He also ignores Hamas’ role in the perpetration of violence against Gazans. Hamas sacrifices Gazan civilians, uses them as human shields, and buries its infrastructure in civilian areas. At the beginning of the war, Hamas threatened Gazans not to leave areas of fighting. And if October 7 had not happened, there would be no war in Gaza right now.

The Irish-raised Catholic wordsmith says that anti-Zionism is not antisemitism by tokenizing parasitic-minded anti-Zionist Jews for “finally cutting ties with a state” relying “on an apartheid system.” According to a 2021 Pew study, 8-in-10 Jews feel an intrinsic connection to Israel. Macklemore is using anti-Zionism as a litmus test for who is a good Jew — and the only Jews he supports are a tiny minority.

It’s also completely false to claim Israel is an apartheid state.

In addition to calling Israel an apartheid state, he labels Israelis as “colonizers” consistently in the song. According to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, using this falsehood is antisemitic, as the rhetoric denies the Jewish connection to the ancestral homeland of Israel.

Subsequently, he mentions how Israel is “bombing all the mosques,” which is not only a lie, but also ignores that Hamas has used some mosques as hideouts. Why the dishonesty? Additionally, proceeds from the song are going to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which has credible ties to promoting terrorist activity.

The cherry-picked imagery and out-of-context claims feel deliberate throughout the music video. As a musician, he has great power and influence, no matter how irrelevant he seems. His slander against the Jewish State will cause true and irreparable damage — but that’s exactly his goal.

Listen to the propaganda piece for yourself here.

Linzee Zalta currently works at a Jewish non-profit and holds her bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Releases New Propaganda Video of Israeli Hostage

Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov as seen in a propaganda video released by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Photo: Screenshot

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group on Tuesday released a short propaganda video featuring Israeli hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 28, who was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists during Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

The 30-second undated video shows Trufanov, an Amazon employee, identifying himself and saying that he will soon discuss what has happened to him and other hostages in Gaza.

Similar videos have been released by terrorists groups in Gaza. Israel has lambasted them as psychological warfare.

Trufanov’s mother said in a video released by the family that she was happy to see her son after all this time, but “it was heartbreaking” that he had been a hostage for so long.

Trufanov was an engineer at the Israeli microelectronics company Annapurna Labs, which Amazon owns.

Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists abducted over 250 people during their Oct. 7 onslaught. Trufanov was kidnapped alongside his mother, grandmother, and girlfriend.

All three were released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement negotiated in November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was one of the 1,200 people killed during the Hamas massacre.

“The proof of life from Alexsander (Sasha) Trufanov is additional evidence that the Israeli government must give a significant mandate to the negotiating team,” the Hostages Families Forum, which represents the families of the hostages, said in a statement.

More than 120 hostages remain in Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas. Islamic Jihad is a separate but allied terrorist organization in the Palestinian enclave. Both are backed by Iran, which provides them with money, weapons, and training.

Negotiations brokered by Qatar, Egypt, and the US to reach a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have been stalled for weeks.

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Gal Gadot’s Action Movie Nabs Second Place on Netflix List of Most Watched Films in Second Half of 2023

Gal Gadot as Rachel Stone in a scene from the trailer for “Heart of Stone.” Photo: YouTube screenshot

Netflix released its engagement report that details the films with the most views from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, and Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s action thriller Heart of Stone secured the number two spot with 109.6 million views.

The film — starring Gadot alongside Jamie Dornan and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in leading roles — was the runner-up to Leave the World Behind, the drama starring Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, and Ethan Hawke that garnered 121 million views on Netflix.

Heart of Stone, directed by Tom Harper, was released on the streaming giant on Aug. 11 of last year. The action film is about international intelligence operative Rachel Stone, played by Gadot, who goes on a mission to protect an artificial intelligence system, known as The Heart, from falling in the wrong hands. The film was produced by Pilot Wave, a company founded by Gadot and her husband Jaron Varsano.

Gadot also stars in Netflix’s most popular film of all time, Red Notice, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

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