Taiwan-based Israeli blogger Filination records several instances of China-bashing by Israeli TV personalities which he says are signs of a widespread Sinophobia that is “now all over Israeli media”. The first instance is a long anti-China tirade by Keren Noybah of Channel 1’s News Today in which she describes the Chinese government as a “dictatorship in the worst possible form” and accuses all who watch the Olympic opening ceremony of “participating in an act of deception”. The second instance is a dialogue that involves Avri Gilad (from the same morning show) who had this to say before the Olympics opened:”I wish they would cancel it. I wish no country would participate. It’s outragous for anybody to go to China. It’s the worst scandal possible.” The last instance involves TV commentator Oren Nehari who during Channel 1’s live telecast of the Olympic opening ceremony noted how the movements of the thousands of performers in the taichi segment of the show reminded him of the Nazis. His comment provoked a stinging rebuke from Professor Wang Yu (王宇), lecturer of Israeli history and culture at the Peking University. While she was right that Oren Nehari made a remark that was uncalled for, we found all her reason lost in the emotionally-charged email and her threats to blow up the matter in the Chinese media if the broadcaster did not make an apology soon.
Picture: Keren Noybah of Israel’s Channel 1 [source]