The Times of Israel posted three videos of the current Harlem Shake dance craze going viral on YouTube. The first is of the Israeli army’s Artillery Corps. Just under that is a video from Ben Gurion University students performing the same dance routine.
But the third video is has nothing to do with Israel and is, instead, captioned, “Despite the title, this is not the Iranian army”. Although the video itself is titled “Harlem shake Iran Army” it appears to be Norwegian in origin. At about the 20th second mark, a soldier goofily falls out of a window while waving the flag of Norway.
This is nothing more than a petty dig at Iran, and considering how The Times of Israel claims itself to be “fair, fresh and fast”, I can’t help but to wonder what exactly was the point of the article. To humanize the Israeli military, whose soldiers post disturbing images of aiming guns at children’s heads online? Or to dehumanize Iran for the sake of pushing anti-Iran sentiment and instigate further tension?
On the matter of dehumanization, a quick search of the term on The Times of Israel ironically produces an article titled “Hypocrisy at its best” and others that complain about the dehumanization of Israel. It appears that the best way to counter this alleged dehumanization isn’t to, I don’t know, end the occupation but actually to dehumanize someone else.