Israel’s Embassy in the Netherlands has issued a formal complaint following a parody on Dutch television that included offensive stereotypes.
The skit aired Saturday evening on a Dutch series starring the comedian Sanne Wallis de Vries. The actress dressed as Netta and changed the lyrics to mock Israeli policies. She performed in front of disturbing footage from the recent protests in Gaza that left dozens of Palestinians dead.
The actress sang: “Look at me, I am such a sweet country/World leaders eat obediently out of my hand. And I put out all fires with a kiss/We are having a party, wanna come? Soon in the al-Aqsa mosque, which will soon be empty anyway.”
“Is your country surrounded by rock throwers? Build walls like Trump himself has wet dreams about/Throw a buk-a-buk, throw a buk rocket/Look how nicely I throw bombs/Yes, again, Israel is winning/Already for 70 years this party has been going on. Look how nice.”
The chicken clucking in the song was replaced with: “with your ka-ching, ka-ching and your ping-a-ping, with your dollars and cents and your funds, with your ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching.”
Speaking to NRC news, Israel’s ambassador Aviv Shir-On expressed his government’s strong objections to the segment.
“Artistically there is nothing wrong with this sketch, but that’s not what it’s all about,” he said. “The content was gross and insulting. The program ridicules Israel and packs anti-Semitic stereotypes as jokes. They also make a joke of all the deaths that have recently fallen in Gaza. That is inappropriate. In Israel we do not make jokes about victims, whether they are Israeli or Palestinian.”
A number of Dutch viewers were as outraged. Israel’s Y Net isolated several Tweets conveying Dutch dismay over the segment. “Is this what my taxes go toward?” one enraged Twitter user asked, while another said “once again anti-Semitism has returned to the mainstream! How sad.”