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Israeli Video Blog Exposed as a Hoax

By ROBERT MACKEY

Last Updated | Wednesday | 3:44 p.m. A YouTube video featuring a man who presented himself as an American gay rights activist disillusioned with the latest Gaza flotilla campaign has been exposed as a hoax.

The man in the video, who introduced himself to viewers as Marc and claimed that the organizers of the latest flotilla of ships bound for Gaza had rejected his offer to mobilize a network of gay activists in support of their cause, was identified as Omer Gershon, a Tel Aviv actor involved in marketing, by the Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian Web site.

As my colleague Ethan Bronner explains, pro-Palestinian activists, including the prominent American author Alice Walker, are planning to sail a flotilla of small ships from European ports toward Gaza to protest Israelís naval blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Just hours after the supposedly homemade video was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, Benjamin Doherty of the Electronic Intifada pointed out that it had suspiciously high production values ó most obviously, lights and what is known as B-roll ó and was attributed to an activist calling himself Marc Pax, who seemed to have no other online presence.

While it remains unclear who produced the video, and Mr. Gershon has not responded to a request for comment, bloggers were quick to point out that people in three different Israeli government offices promoted it on Twitter soon after it was posted online.

As the blogger Max Blumenthal reported on Friday, one of the first people to draw attention to the video was Guy Seemann, who is an intern in the office of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

The same day, the Israeli governmentís press office advised its Twitter followers to watch the video and follow Mr. Seemannís feed.

Be careful who you get in bed with!
http://cot.ag/iAwe7a #LGBT #Human Rights Womenís rights #Hamas #Flotilla @guyseemannFri Jun 24 19:23:24

via CoTweet Govít Press Office
GPOIsrael

Over the weekend, Israelís Ministry of Foreign Affairs also posted a link to the video on its official Twitter feed.

RT @DavidSaranga: VIDEO: Not equal not welcome#LGBT

activists rejected by #flotilla2 organizers.http://dld.bz/aeBRy #Gaza #terror #IsraelSun Jun 26 12:13:07 via SocialOomph

Date: 2015-02-03; view: 578


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