Striking out at Israel’s right-wing, opposition MKs sang-along in a pro-peace NGO’s music video lampooning the government’s purported lavish support settlements, half-hearted commitment to the peace process, and quashing of civil liberties.
Set to George Harrison’s “Got My Mind Set on You,” Peace Now activists and former and current left-wing politicians — including Labor Party MKs Itzik Shmuli, Eitan Cabel, Moshe Mizrahi and Meretz MKs Ilan Gilon and Michal Rozin — poke fun at the radical right’s purported injustice.
Dressed in costumes imitating West Bank settlers and wearing shirts bearing right-wing slogans, the singers chant “how fun to be right-wing” and “how easy to be racist.”
“How fun it is that there is no partner [for peace], and that the Arabs only understand force and bombs,” Oslo architect and former minister Yossi Beilin says, standing in front of a green-screen showing a West Bank outpost. “Because without Arabs, with what would I scare you? Monsters?”
Mizrahi, dressed in a Sgt. Pepper-esque military uniform, notes how the right-wing Knesset parties “simply silences anyone who doesn’t do me good” and legislates against free thought.
“How fun it is that we have democracy and justice and law, but it all ends, you know where, at the Green Line,” says former Labor MK Avraham Burg, dressed in a judge’s robes and a shirt bearing the slogan “Hebron: Past, Present and Future.”
“How fun is it that America gives us money and support… but if [US Secretary of State John] Kerry starts to advance [the peace process], then Kerry is messianic and he should scram,” Gilon says.
“And if a different future breaks through, they’ll find that aside from fear, we have nothing else to contribute,” Cabel says, and Gilon adds, “So maybe it’s not so fun to be right-wing.”