A Gaza-based Palestinian media company has accused Israeli electoral candidate Benny Gantz of stealing footage for a campaign video, reported +972 Magazine.
‘Media Town’ said that Gantz – who was Israeli military chief during “Operation Protective Edge” in the summer of 2014 – used video shot by the company without permission to boast of the destruction wreaked on the occupied Gaza Strip during the unprecedented offensive.
Benny Gantz launched his bid to replace Netanyahu with a video bragging how he "sent Gaza back to the stone age."
It turns out he may have stolen the video from Palestinians in Gaza. https://t.co/XRazHMxUwr
— abdullah mohammad (@AbdullahNimer96) January 27, 2019
According to the report,
“The company published a post on Facebook accusing Gantz of stealing their footage and publishing it on his social media accounts. Media Town further claimed they were the only company to have flown a drone over Gaza during the war.”
Ashraf Mashrawi said:
“It is difficult to see a video in which Gantz takes pride in destruction and killing. It has nothing to do with where I am from, it has to do with basic humanity. A moral person must want to build and create life, not the opposite.”
Former Israeli general Benny Grantz used stolen Palestinian footage for a series of campaign ads in which he proudly boasts of sending parts of Gaza “back to the Stone Age” during the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza. https://t.co/5dzDw3SXYT
— SAMNET (@SAMNET786) January 28, 2019
Mashrawi said he also demanded YouTube remove the video but has yet to receive a response from the company:
“Usually they take down the video within a few hours, but it has been two days and they have still not answered us.”
Asked to comment, spokespeople for Gantz’s newly-founded Israel Resilience Party “initially said they were not aware of Media Town’s claims. They later chose not to respond, yet never said they purchased the video footage.”
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)