An Israeli Knesset member has filed a complaint against a fellow legislator for a campaign ad showing the man shooting him. It’s only the latest controversial ad in the lead-up to Israel’s parliamentary elections April 9.
An ad posted on Facebook Tuesday by MK Oren Hazan, founder of the right-wing Tzomet party, shows him shooting MK Jamal Zahalka, who chairs the Arab-majority Balad party. Zahalka has filed a complaint for incitement to murder and tried to get Facebook to remove the ad for its racist, violent and inciting content.
The campaign ad is based on a scene from the 1966 Spaghetti Western film “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” in which Tuco, the fast-talking bandit, shoots the one-armed bounty hunter sent to kill him. However, in this version, Hazan’s face is superimposed over Tuco, who sits in the bath, and Zahalka’s face over that of the one-armed man.
In the real scene… Tuco’s final line after surprising his would-be assassin with a pistol concealed in the bath bubbles is: “When you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk!”
The video’s caption tells voters to vote for Tzomet, the only party that will “expel the terror supporters from the Knesset.”
“This is not a movie; instead it is a call for murder,” Zahalka said Tuesday, Haaretz reported. “In an atmosphere which fuels incitement against the Arab public and its representatives, this is dangerous — very dangerous.”