The Crying Game

The following video of some palestinian Arabs reacting to a house demolition in Hebron* has been disseminated by anti-Israel social media accounts.

The bulldozer is not the only thing chewing up scenery here. This seems to be textbook Pallywood.

Note the young woman near the beginning “crying” while hugging the boy. At around 9 seconds, she briefly looks to the side, in the direction of the camera, and continues her “crying.” We then see the crying boys and shrieking lady, all in front of the cameras. Then towards the end the same young woman from the beginning is being “consoled” by someone else, this time another woman. She is trading partners like at a dance club.

Another angle of that last scene makes the contrivance even clearer.

The young woman is facing another camera while the shrieking lady does her thing in front of a second camera. At around 10 seconds, crying lady and shrieking lady quickly stop doing their thing, looking to the right. Some have speculated they were told “cut”, but I am not sure. Still, it looks mighty suspicious that in a blink of an eye, they turn off the “emotion.”

What is clear is that these people are deliberately trying to tug at the heartstrings in front of multiple cameras. The sad thing is that this sort of thing works all too effectively.

Hat tip: Michal, Uri

*The house was still under construction and had been built without a permit


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media