Thursday, November 14, 2013

HuffPost Arts & Cultures Publishes Ridiculous Pal Propaganda

The Huffington Post's "Arts and Culture" section doesn't usually have much to say about the fabulous artwork coming out of Israel, but given the opportunity to drive some clicks with controversy they jumped at it. The article is about a Palestinian artist who does "science fiction" paintings but naturally because she's a Palestinian featured on Huffington Post, everything is political. The most notable example is this one:

Palestinians on the moon isn't so unbelievable considering that rocket science is kind of their thing, but the idea that they would ever get their act together enough to actually do something positive for humanity is at this point quite far away. But naturally the artist's commentary about it is full of venom (emphasis mine):
"In "Space Exodus," one of of two video projects on view, the artist ventures to the moon as an astronaut, planting the Palestinian flag on the lunar surface. The victorious moment is brief, as Sansour is quickly unable to get in touch with her command station in Jerusalem to convey the news. "Jerusalem, we have a problem," she utters. A hopeful moment clashes with the realization that relations between Israel and the Palestine territories are still dismal, even in this parallel universe where a Palestinian astronaut conquers the moon...."Read in a direct way, it's about saying it's easier to reach the moon than reach Jerusalem," Sansour explained."
Jerusalem. Not "East Jerusalem." And of course I highly doubt that Sansour would say that the reason it is so hard to "reach Jerusalem" is because her people keep insisting on violence instead of peace. Considering further that Palestinians can in fact "reach Jerusalem" any time they want to come and visit, just as long as they get a permit and such first. So when Sansour says "reach Jerusalem" she really means "take Jerusalem away from Israel."

Although she mentions Israel in quotations, none of her paintings actually show Palestinians living alongside Israelis in peace. And it's pretty common to see paintings depicting the Temple Mount in "Palestine," naturally with no Jews around of course:

Pretty telling what the Huffington Post chooses and doesn't choose for whom to provide free advertising, naturally.

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