IDF’s Social Media Guru Might Be A Little Bit Racist

From ABC News:

CAIRO – One of the Israeli military’s most visible spokesmen is under fire for a photo he posted on his Facebook page captioned “Obama style” in which his face is smeared with mud.

Sacha Dratwa posted the photo in late September, but since the furor he has restricted access to his account. A screengrab of the original post circulating online showed that it drew mixed reactions, with one commenter saying, “You know this is racist, yeah?”

In the photo, Dratwa appears to be smeared in mud from the Dead Sea, a popular activity for many visiting and living in Israel.

Dratwa responded to a user on Twitter accusing him of racism saying, “I’m not a racist, please stop [spreading] lies about me.” He also posted a response on Facebook saying the firestorm around the photo misrepresents his opinions and is a “cynical use of the information” on his profile.

“I am, and have always been, completely candid about my beliefs and have nothing to hide,” wrote Dratwa on Sunday. “The aforementioned photos do not reflect my beliefs and have no bearing whatsoever on my position in the IDF.”

The photo shown above was clearly on Dratwa’s Facebook page, so I’m not sure how Dratwa can claim it’s a “cynical use.” While the picture isn’t “blackface” as some claim, there’s little doubt that the combination of the Dead Sea mud and the “Obama style” caption are used to the same effect. Had he omitted a caption he wouldn’t be in hot water now.

As it stands he’ll be lucky to survive the week. The IDF will surely move him to a new, less visible assignment.

Image via Al-Akhbar English

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Posted by on November 26, 2012.
Filed under Dumbasses, Israel.
Doug Johnson is a news junkie and long time blog reader, turned author.

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  • Commander_Chico

    I’ll jump in before jim_m does:

    This post is anti-Semitic, by implying an Israeli did something wrong.

    Still, I would cut the guy some slack for some dumb humor.

    • jim_m

      Not being a leftist, I actually have a sense of humor. And, yes the guy was stupid, not as offensive as Lindsey Stone, but stupid none-the-less.

      • Carl
        • jim_m

          Not to put too fine of a point on it but every demographic group is known for harboring racist attitudes. Only an ignorant ass like yourself would claim that there are groups that have no racists amongst them.

          • Commander_Chico

            I agree with jim in this case. All peoples are racist to some extent. You should hear Malaysian Chinese and Malays talk about each other. Or Arabs and Kurds.

            Or even African and African Americans talk about each other. Brutal.

          • jim_m

            I agree with jim in this case

            I guess the Mayan’s missed it by about a month then.

          • Commander_Chico

            I used to date an African woman, she referred to African Americans as “those slaves.”

            Reddit thread on the subject:

            http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/rr89o/iama_25_yo_nigerian_woman_who_refused_arranged/c4810ol

            [–]gsxr

            A group of straight-from-africa black folks moved in the neighborhood next to mine and opened a liquor store and restaurant up the street.

            Those guys HATE american black people with a passion i’ve never seen. The amount of dislike can only be described as movie like.

            [–]blah28722

            Please elaborate on this!

            [–]gsxr

            I’ve only really chatted with them when I go and pick up a bottle or some beers. But even if they see a black guy walking by their store they’ll yell at them. The Africans call them lazy criminals and shit. It’s really amazing to watch.

            [–]moralnihilist

            Do they use the N-word?

            [–]gsxr

            Yes. And in a way that would make and good klansman proud.

          • jim_m

            I have seen the same from Haitians and Dominicans. They hated being referred to as African-American.

          • Commander_Chico

            Which do you prefer, Haitians or Dominicans?

          • jim_m

            neither. They’re just people.

          • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

            Chico: “I agree with jim . . .”

            Watch out for flying pigs!

          • Carl

            Well, since I didn’t claim there are groups that have no racists among them that make you an ignorant ass. No surprise there, you have your head up your ass so of course your reading comprehension is that of a 7 year old.

            Fact is that Israelis harbor a great deal of racist attitudes against blacks. You being an ignorant ass doesn’t change that.

            Here Jim, here’s something else for you to read and get wrong:

            May 24, 2012:

            “In Israel last night, violence broke out in a district of Tel Aviv. A
            demonstration against the country’s large community of African nationals turned into a riot. Shouting slogans, such as blacks out, more than 1,000 Israelis took to the streets and stores belonging to African nationals were attacked and looted.”

            http://www.npr.org/2012/05/24/153634901/violent-riots-target-african-nationals-living-in-israel

            How many other countries are having race riots against blacks these days? Only Israel.

            I know you’re not an educated man, Jim, and you certainly aren’t street-smart, but the nonsense you spew on a daily — no hourly — basis is just absurd. You really need to pull your head out of your ass and cut back on the knee-jerk stupidity.

          • jim_m

            You claimed that a particular group was known for being particularly racist.

            How many other countries are having race riots against blacks these days?

            In the US they do it to themselves to spare everyone else the effort.

          • Carl

            Not “spare everyone else the effort” you racist slob. Not everyone in the US is a racist idiot like you.

            You’ve now tripled-down on your stupidity. Go for 4 Jim, come on, we know you can do it.

          • Carl

            Not “spare everyone else the effort” you racist slob. Not everyone in the US is a racist idiot like you.

            You’ve now tripled-down on your stupidity. Go for 4 Jim, come on, we know you can do it.

          • jim_m

            Humorless leftist.

          • jim_m

            Humorless leftist.

          • Carl

            Moronic conservative slob.

          • Vagabond661

            Slob…yes but in my defense there are no GAP stores where I live.

          • 914

            Waste of bandwidth.. This moron is not even half as intelligent as Bob ‘ racepantie’s’ Armstrong.

          • Wild_Willie

            Carl, I have been around Wizbang for more than a decade. I have seen the likes of you come and go. Just a juvenile bomb thrower with a personal axe to grind. You are not worth the band width to address. Go to a sight that suits your leanings. Nickalodeon comes to mind. ww

          • EricSteel

            I have seen the likes of you come and go.

            WW, consider the possibility that you keep seeing the same person come and go. Notice, that we always have one guy who always seems to spout the same racism nonsense. After a while he wears out his welcome and gets hammered. Only to be replaced a few days later by a new guy, like hyperbolist, steve green, shepehn, carl, etc.

          • 914

            Yep!! There is always another pair in the sock puppet race repertoire drawer..

            Although they grow dumber and increasingly bitter each time around.

          • Carl

            Bomb thrower?

            Go read the post. I’m on topic, you’re not.

          • http://www.facebook.com/RFA3936 Robert Alexander

            Carl
            You are obviously an anti-semite.
            anti-semite=jew hater=racist.

            Look in a mirror dipshit.

          • Carl

            I’m an American-born Jew. Go fuck yourself.

            Israel is a country. Judaism is a religion. Let me guess, you were home-schooled just like Jim?

          • jim_m

            self-loathing then?

          • Carl

            Your stupidity and low reading comprehension is showing again, Jim. I’m Jewish, not Israeli.

          • jim_m

            Oh, I see. So you only hate Jews living in Israel. Because it is reasonably clear to your readers that you do not ascribe the same racism to the arab Israeli population.

          • Commander_Chico

            Aha, I knew we’d get to the anti Semite accusation.

          • jim_m

            Robert Alexander made the accusation. I was merely seeking clarification.

          • Wild_Willie

            Israel is a one tribe of twelve that adhered to the laws and obediance to God. So Carl, go fuck yourself. ww

          • Vagabond661

            must have been another youtube video.

        • 914

          Not as well known as You.

  • Wild_Willie

    Very stupid move for a cheap joke. Slap his hands and get on with life.
    Carl, the ever present representative of all things liberal brought up racism. Now republicans freed the slaves due to the actions of Lincoln and the conservatives of the day.
    The democrat party believes minorities are inferior and need help from white people because they do not have the ability to compete on the same field. This is true by all the policies the dem’s put forward not only in federal laws, but local also.
    Conservatives believe that all people can and will achieve if they commit and work towards their goals.
    Which one is racist? We all know. ww

    • ackwired

      Actually, the Republicans of Lincoln’s era were the liberals who believed in a stronger government. The Democrats were the conservatives clinging to a rural lifestyle with a small non-intrusive government. The Republicans grew out of the Whig party, which was also liberal. In fact, liberalism was known as “Whigery” during this time.

      I also doubt that you will find any of today’s liberals who would agree with your comment that they believe that minorities are inferior. I suspect that you are assigning this view to them because it explains their actions. Maybe you should have a conversation with a few to see how they would explain the motivation for their actions.

      • jim_m

        I also doubt that you will find any of today’s liberals who would agree with your comment that they believe that minorities are inferior.

        “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” – Bill Clinton regarding Barack Obama in 2008

        And let us not forget the comments from Harry Reid about obama being acceptable because he was “light skinned, with no negro dialect.”, or Joe Biden’s comments on how obama was “clean and articulate”. These all betray the racism entrenched in the left. The left would never openly agree with the comment, they just live like they do.

        The left has not been liberal for a long time. Today’s left stands not for change but for stasis. The left does not stand for removing racial barriers but for formalizing them into law with quotas. The left insists on pigeon holing everyone according to race but makes no real accommodation for people of mixed race. The left has created a racial spoils system to be gamed for the individual’s benefit (see Elizabeth “fauxchahontis” Warren).

        • ackwired

          Since you call anybody who disagrees with you about anything “the left”, I guess you can assign any positions to them that you want to.

          • puhiawa

            I think it is clear that Democrats only care about race and gender. They ran on nothing else.

          • ackwired

            Have you read the Democratic platform? Have you talked to any D’s running for local office?

      • jim_m

        I also doubt that you will find any of today’s liberals who would agree with your comment that they believe that minorities are inferior.

        “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” – Bill Clinton regarding Barack Obama in 2008

        And let us not forget the comments from Harry Reid about obama being acceptable because he was “light skinned, with no negro dialect.”, or Joe Biden’s comments on how obama was “clean and articulate”. These all betray the racism entrenched in the left. The left would never openly agree with the comment, they just live like they do.

        The left has not been liberal for a long time. Today’s left stands not for change but for stasis. The left does not stand for removing racial barriers but for formalizing them into law with quotas. The left insists on pigeon holing everyone according to race but makes no real accommodation for people of mixed race. The left has created a racial spoils system to be gamed for the individual’s benefit (see Elizabeth “fauxchahontis” Warren).

      • Wild_Willie

        Your grasp of history is nil. Read some books of the time. The elitist North , the dem’s of the day fought Lincoln and Stevens tooth and nail so they can continue to make money off the slave labor. You liberals love trying to take credit for the hard work of others. ww

        • ackwired

          Well, if you have no reason on your side, you can always attack. Your assumption that I disagree with you because I am a liberal is also entirely wrong. I disagree with you because I am a moderate libertarian.

          Opposing abolition because you are making money from slavery does not sound very liberal to me. The Democrats of the day had many factions. They were not universally conservative agrarian. But there were no conservative agrarians in the Republican party.

          • jim_m

            I think the problem is in who really is liberal and who is not. Most people on today’s left are far from liberal. I think that you find the historical liberal viewpoint in the moderate to conservative libertarian people. Modern liberalism tends to be authoritarian in its approach to nearly everything.

            Left wing organizations like the democratic party are liberal only in so far as they can make money on their positions. Once they determine that they cannot benefit from a position they wil revert to their authoritarian ways. Just look at Pelosi’s position on obamacare. We can’t see what is in the bill. They have to force it on us first and then they will deign to let us find out what the law is. That isn’t liberalism, that’s fascism.

          • 914

            Also known as theft by swindle.

          • ackwired

            If that is fascism, I’m afraid that the Democrats do not have an exclusive option. The Republicans did the same thing with the Patriot Act.

            We were discussing the liberalism and conservatism of the mid nineteenth century. WW had pointed out to me that I knew nothing about it. I think he was laboring under the impression that the Democrats were liberal and the Republicans were conservative in that time period. Of course, just the opposite was the case. The Republicans favored federal authority over states rights and favored large government sponsored infrastructure projects. The Democrats, while fractured into factions, retained the agrarian conservatives of their heritage.

          • jim_m

            I think we are thinking along the same tracks in that left and right do not necessarily correspond to where liberalism in the classical sense resides. You are saying that it resided in the GOP in 1860. We are saying that it does not reside in the American left today.

  • 914

    Well, he looks much better then Barry ever does with all that makeup and the purple lip gloss he wears.

    • jim_m

      That’s not purple lip gloss, that’s cyanosis from all the cigarettes.