The Israeli production company Zed Films that made the anti-flotilla propaganda video “Sex with the Psychologist” lists the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the Government Press Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other official Israeli bodies as its clients. Does this indicate that this and other recent propaganda videos are the work of the Israeli government?
Last month, The Electronic Intifada and other publications exposed as a hoax an anti-flotilla video purporting to be made by a disaffected gay rights activist in the United States. The man in the video was in fact an Israeli actor named Omer Gershon. The so-called marc3pax video had been distributed soon after it appeared by a staffer in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the Government Press Office, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, the producers of this video have remained unidentified.
Zed Films client list
The majority of Zed Films’ clients appear to be Israeli government and local and international Zionist organizations. On a section of its web site, Zed Films lists the following clients using their Hebrew names and logos:
- Microsoft Israel
- Prime Minister’s Office
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Government Press Office
- Ministry of Environmental Protection
- Western Galilee Hospital
- Holon Institute of Technology
- Government Company for Protection of the Dead Sea Ltd.
- Homeland Command
- Work Safety Institution
- United Jewish Appeal
- Israeli Ministry of Tourism
- Office of National Infrastructure
- Israel Police
- Ministry of Immigration Absorption
- Waddell Media
- Radical Media
- Lion Television
- Jewish National Fund
- Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel
- The Israeli Navy
- Women’s International Zionist Organization
- The Peres Center for Peace
- The St. John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group
- ONE Family Fund
Is Zed Films behind the marc3pax hoax?
Given that the marc3pax video was distributed by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government Press Office and given its anti-flotilla message, it is reasonable to ask whether it was also made by Zed Films. It is also reasonable to ask whether Zed Films is making these videos at the behest of its Israeli government clients. The Electronic Intifada has sent an inquiry to Zed Films, although it would have arrived after the close of business in Tel Aviv. We will report on any response we receive.
An interesting detail which experts in video production may wish to comment on is that the two videos have an identical aspect ratio of 1.94:1. The videos are letterboxed to fit YouTube’s standard 16:9 ratio. We welcome comments from video production experts about whether this could be just a coincidence.