Israeli government circulates Gaza peace convoy spoof

Press office apologises after sending out video of the “Flotilla Choir”, waving weapons to the tune

This YouTube spoof video hit the headlines yesterday after the Israeli government circulated it to foreign journalists. Within hours, the press office emailed them to apologise, saying that it was an error. It wasn't a very enthusastic apology, though -- the press office director Danny Seaman said that he thought the clip was "fantastic", though it did not reflect state opinion.

Given the international outrage at the attack on the flotilla, which left nine people dead, it probably wasn't the smartest move for the government (the government!) to send out the video. It shows a group of Israelis, dressed up as Palestinians and activists, waving weapons around as they sing: "We con the world,/We con the people,/We'll make them all believe the IDF/Is Jack the Ripper", occasionally (off-puttingly) in exaggerated Arab accents. As the icing on the cake, it's intercut with clips from the raid on the Mavi Marmara.

A personal low point is when they sing: "Pretending day by day,/That in Gaza there's crisis, hunger and pain,/'Cos their billion bucks in aid/Won't buy their basic needs,/Like some cheese, and missiles for the kids . . ."

I'm inclined to agree with the Israeli blogger Didi Remez, who said: "It shows a complete lack of understanding of how the incident is being perceived abroad."

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Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.

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Casting the Brexit movie that is definitely real and will totally happen

Details are yet unclear as to whether The Bad Boys of Brexit will be gracing our screens, or just Farage's vivid imagination.

Hollywood is planning to take on the farcical antics of Nigel Farage et al during the UK referendum, according to rumours (some suspect planted by a starstruck Brexiteer). 

Details are yet unclear as to whether The Bad Boys of Brexit will be gracing our big or small screens, a DVD, or just Farage's vivid imagination, but either way here are our picks for casting the Hollywood adaptation.

Nigel Farage: Jim Carrey

The 2018 return of Alan Partridge as "the voice of hard Brexit" makes Steve Coogan the obvious choice. Yet Carrey's portrayal of the laughable yet pure evil Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events makes him a serious contender for this role. 

Boris Johnson: Gerard Depardieu

Stick a blonde wig on him and the French acting royalty is almost the spitting image of our own European aristocrat. He has also evidently already mastered the look of pure shock necessary for the final scene of the movie - in which the Leave campaign is victorious.

Arron Banks: Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais not only resembles Ukip donor Arron Banks, but has a signature shifty face perfect for the scene where the other Brexiteers ask him what is the actual plan. 

Gerry Gunster: Anthony Lapaglia

The Bad Boys of Brexit will reportedly be told from the perspective of the US strategist turned Brexit referendum expert Gerry Gunster. Thanks to recurring roles in both the comedy stalwart Frasier, and the US crime drama Without a Trace, Anthony Lapaglia is versatile enough to do funny as well as serious, a perfect mix for a story that lurches from tragedy to farce. Also, they have the same cunning eyes.

Douglas Carswell: Mark Gatiss

The resemblance is uncanny.

David Cameron: Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is widely known for his portrayal of Moriarty in Sherlock, where he indulges in elaborate, but nationally destructive strategy games. The actor also excels in a look of misplaced confidence that David Cameron wore all the way up to the referendum. Not to mention, his forehead is just as shiny. He'll have to drink a lot of Bollinger to gain that Cameron-esque puppy fat though. 

Kate Hoey: Judi Dench

Although this casting would ruin the image of the much beloved national treasure that is Judi Dench, if anyone can pull off being the face of Labour Leave, the incredible actress can.