(Times of Israel) – Within 24 hours of it airing, an Israeli TV show’s satirical take on support for Palestinians among US college students racked up over 11 million views on social media.
Keshet TV’s long-running satirical show Eretz Nehederet (A Wonderful Country) broadcast the skit on Sunday, depicting a pair of students giving mindless support to the Hamas terror group.
As the war rages on, US colleges have seen pro-Palestinian demonstrations and a rise in antisemitic incidents, while also facing criticism for their lack of condemnation of the Hamas attacks.
The sketch imagined a broadcast from the Columbia Untisemity News in which two uber-liberal students introduce themselves as welcoming everyone who is “LGBTQH,” then explaining that the “H” is for “Hamas” which is “so trending right now”.
The students are seen tearing down posters demanding the release of kidnapped Israelis, with one declaring, “Jews make the world dirty,” but quickly noting “I’m not antisemitic, I’m racist fluid.”
The pair then “interview” via video link a Hamas gunman called Abu Fatwa in Gaza, and when he says he is lacking only more rockets, one of the students enthuses: “As long as it’s organic.”
“First we finish with Israel, and America is next,” adds Abu Fatwa.
The clip wraps up with the two students dancing and chanting the slogan “From the river to the sea,” that has featured widely at anti-Israel rallies in the past month, but changing the second line of the chant by inserting the word “Jews” to give “Palestine will be Jews free.”
Channel 12 news anchor Yonit Levi posted the clip to her X account, and by the next day it had been viewed more than 11.5 million times, with over 30,000 “likes”, in addition to others who posted it.
As Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, aimed at destroying Hamas, has intensified, many college students have expressed solidarity with Palestinians and Gaza, and some with Hamas, resulting in swift censure from some Jewish academics.
US colleges and universities have also drawn criticism over their public statements about the violence in Israel, with prominent Jewish donors in a few cases vowing to cut off institutions that they said insufficiently condemned Hamas or allowed antisemitic sentiment to flourish.
The online spread of the clip came a week after Eretz Nehederet lampooned the BBC for what many Jews and Israelis see as pro-Palestinian bias in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.