The Israeli government circulated, and then immediately apologized for, a video mocking the activists aboard the Gaza aid flotilla this weekend. A spoof of "We Are the World" titled “We Con the World,” the video shows people dressed in vaguely Arab garb singing lyrics like, “We con the world. … We’ll make them think the Hamas is Mother Teresa.” It was made by a Jerusalem Post editor, the Huffington Post reports, and the government swears it totally distributed it by accident.
The Press Office director tells the Guardian that the video doesn’t reflect state opinion, but that he personally finds it “fantastic.” Another government spokesman said he sent it to his kids, “because I thought it was funny. It is what Israelis feel. But the government has nothing to do with it.” It’s one of several recent press office snafus; it recently admitted, for example, that an audio file it released in which an activist told a soldier to “go back to Auschwitz” was doctored. (Read more Israel stories.)