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Size Doesn’t Matter: Israel’s Porno Tourism Promotion

Israel has annexed the West Bank and Gaza in map featured in Size Doesn't Matter video

Israel’s hasbara and tourism promotions are the gift that keeps on giving as far as this blogger is concerned.  I hope you’ve all seen the atrocious video I offered here a few days ago in which a lissome lass tells her lad she can’t possibly go “down” on him because it’s “too small.”  The up shot of all this double entendre is of course that Israel may have a small, er, no…rather that Israel may be small, but that it is MIGHTY!!

There have been some rather delectable developments in the aftermath of this viral video which seems to have infected all those involved with it in a case of the jitters.  Shalomlife, a Canadian Jewish news portal, followed up on the story and managed to get an MFA spokesperson to deny the Size Doesn’t Matter campaign has anything to do with it or the consulate:

Kadosh said that a conversation with the Israeli consulate in Toronto “indicated that the Consulate had no part in the movie, did not initiate it and did not participate in its planning or its distribution.”

As I noted in my earlier post, this is given the lie by a rapturous announcement by the very same MFA and consulate that they were partnering with three wealthy Canadian Jewish pro-Israel individuals in a long-term rebranding campaign on Israel’s behalf of which the Toronto Film Festival’s controversial fete of Tel Aviv’s 100th birthday was but the start.

The student ostensibly behind the Small Penises Aren’t That Bad campaign, Rebecca Cherniak, is falling all over herself to deny that the organized Canadian Jewish community had anything to do with the video:

Rebecca Cherniak, coordinator of the campaign and chair of Israel affairs for the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students also confirms that Size Doesn’t Matter is an initiative strictly run by students, not by CIJA. She said that they have not been in contact with any Israeli ministers or diplomats.

A few problems with that statement.  My trusty informal researcher Robin notes that Cherniak is president of McMaster University’s Israel on Campus chapter.  On the group’s website it says clear as day:

McMaster Israel On Campus thanks the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) for their generous contribution, which made this website possible.

And if you need any further evidence that this campaign is tied directly into Canada’s Israel lobby, note that the Size Doesn’t Matter domain was registered to:

Domain name: sizedoesntmatter.ca
Domain number: 2929497
Approval date: 2009/07/13
Renewal date: 2010/07/13
Updated date: 2009/12/10

Registrant:
Name: Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Inc.
Number: 1262044

Administrative contact:
Name: Rob Hall

Canadian Jewish Public Affairs is an Israel advocacy outfit whose board chair is none other than Joel Reitman.  He is one of the three gentlemen I mentioned above partnering in the MFA’s Canadian rebranding project. So much for plausible deniability. Size Doesn’t Matter is about as much of a student-run project as the old Mickey Mouse Club TV show was run by the mouseketeers themselves (sorry for dating myself).

Cherniak embarrasses herself further by actually claiming the reason she produced the video was because Israel’s image suffered among the general public (and this was going to make it right?):

“We were very dismayed by the way that Israel is represented in the media,” she says. “We think students are more critical and want to understand more than the typical slogans they see. We put together a campaign that grabs people’s attentions.”

So she made the video for all those students out there thirsting for critical thinking about Israel, which is why the underlying theme is oral sex.  As for grabbing peoples’ attention (and crotches?)–that she did.

I’m a little sorry that someone complained to Vimeo about the SDM video and it was inexplicably pulled due to “explicit sexual content.”  I could see if it’d been pulled due to excruciating bad taste.  But calling this “explicit” leads one to believe that Vimeo is run by some extreme prudes.  Does this mean, by the way, that hasbara is pornographic or just THIS hasbara?

Thankfully, YouTube isn’t quite as prudish (yet).  People, don’t complain about this video.  It’s a gift.  In fact, if any of you are Canadians and have any spare change you might want to make a designated gift to one of these two estimable pro-Israel organizations that will help fund more of these videos.

And on that note, there are future videos in store for us in this series including one that takes us “from the office to the bedroom.”  I can’t wait!

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  • tzvee February 24, 2010, 4:31 AM

    disagree. you are wrong. it’s edgy and funny and effective.

    • Richard Silverstein February 24, 2010, 2:08 PM

      If so, why is the Israel lobby group that funded it running away fr. it like it was the plague? See the post I wrote about the site registration change & denials up the yazoo as to whether the lobby or MFA had anything to do w. it.

      • Rebecca March 25, 2010, 10:01 AM

        It’s a good thing you are not employed by CSIS as your powers of investigation are lacking.

        I’m not a huge fan of the Size Doesn’t Matter campaign but I do happen to know who actually is behind it, your “conspiracy” theory as to who’s responsible for it is just not correct. But hey why should you be any different from the millions of mis-informed anti-Israel minions.

        • Richard Silverstein March 25, 2010, 10:54 AM

          Ah, thank you for imparting this mysterious wisdom to us which tells us precisely nothing. My readers know who is behind this campaign. You seem unwilling or unable to impart this secret wisdom to us, which of course makes you look like a fool.

          • mary March 25, 2010, 11:42 AM

            I think she comes from the school, “If you don’t already know, I’m not about to tell you.”

            I would think the main concern would be the campaign itself, not where it comes from. But that doesn’t seem to bother her.

  • mary February 24, 2010, 6:44 AM

    Liar, liar…and pants on fire (for more than one reason). Tzvee, get a clue, look around on the internets and you’ll find out pretty fast just what the world thinks of this disgusting and tasteless campaign. “Edgy,” meaning what? That one can make the Holy Land, already under illegal occupation, into one big whorehouse for Jewish college kids, and that Israel’s already lousy reputation is now going to be further sullied by portraying it as a place to go if you want to get laid on spring break?

  • Robin February 24, 2010, 8:11 AM

    ALERT!!! Sizedoesntmatter.ca is running like MICE. They RE-REGISTERED their domain! When? YESTERDAY!!!

    Domain name: sizedoesntmatter.ca
    Domain status: EXIST
    Domain number: 2929497
    Approval date: 2009/07/13
    Renewal date: 2011/07/13
    Updated date: 2010/02/23

    Registrar:
    Name: Internic.ca Inc.
    Number: 29

    Registrant:
    Name: 3managed Inc.
    Number: 2947274

    Administrative contact:
    Name: David Bird
    Job Title:
    Postal address: 3managed Inc.
    3-35 Stone Church Road Suite # 332
    Ancaster ON L9K 1S5 Canada
    Phone: 2892399875
    Fax:
    Email:

    Technical contact:
    Name: David Bird
    Job Title:
    Postal address: 3managed Inc.
    3-35 Stone Church Road Suite # 332
    Ancaster ON L9K 1S5 Canada
    Phone: 2892399875

    Connect the dots:

    http://campusreport.ca/university-campuses-across-the-country-launch-the-%E2%80%9Csize-doesn%E2%80%99t-matter%E2%80%9D-campaign

    Campusreport.ca is registered to

    Domain name: campusreport.ca
    Domain status: EXIST
    Domain number: 3087348
    Approval date: 2009/10/19
    Renewal date: 2010/10/19
    Updated date: 2009/12/01

    Registrar:
    Name: Internic.ca Inc.
    Number: 29

    Registrant:
    Name: 3managed Inc.
    Number: 2947274

    Administrative contact:
    Name: David Bird
    Job Title:
    Postal address: 3managed Inc.
    3-35 Stone Church Road Suite # 332
    Ancaster ON L9K 1S5 Canada
    Phone: 2892399875
    **************************

    Who is 3managed Inc and who is their website registered to?

    Date Registered: 06/02/09
    Date Modified: 11/21/09
    Expiry Date: 06/02/10
    DNS1: ns1.easyDNS.com
    DNS2: NS2.EASYDNS.COM

    Registrant

    Verrall Stephen
    David Place
    200 North Service Road West, Suite 531, Unit 1
    Oakville, ON (CA)
    L6M 2Y1

    Administrative Contact

    Verrall Stephen
    Stephen Verrall
    1150 Skyview Dr #79
    Burlington, ON (CA)
    L7P 4X5

    4167273233
    ******************************

    And where did you read the name Stephan Verrall?

    Domain: gfcas.com

    Date Registered: 02/06/08
    Date Modified: 02/06/10
    Expiry Date: 02/06/10
    DNS1: dns.yourdomainhasexpired.com
    DNS2: dns2.yourdomainhasexpired.com

    Registrant
    Internic.ca Inc.
    Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Inc.
    Stephen Verrall
    4600 Bathurst St #315
    Toronto, ON (CA)
    M2R3V3

    Administrative Contact

    CIJA
    Stephen Verrall
    1075 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON (CA)
    M5S 2B1

    4169257499

    Technical Contact

    CIJA
    Stephen Verrall
    1075 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON (CA)
    M5S 2B1

    4169257499

    Do you get that? The sizedoesntmatter campaign REREGISTERED their domain to Internic.ca Inc. which is registered to Stephan Verrall who is of Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Inc.

  • Mark February 24, 2010, 9:14 AM

    Richard – the “Reitman family” is not “the famed Canadian real estate family (could you be confusing with Reichmann family?) FYI.

    Regards,

    Mark

    • Richard Silverstein February 24, 2010, 2:13 PM

      Of course, thanks for the correction. But I wonder how Jason Reitman is related to the film director, Ivan Reitman, who was Canadian & undoubtedly a member of the family.

  • Surcouf February 24, 2010, 1:03 PM

    Richard,

    The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) information about the sizedoesntmatter.ca website has already been modified as of yesterday according to their database. The name of the registrant is no longer the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Inc. It has been transferred over to a web design company called 3managed Inc. If you go to their website you will find that they have had 4 clients so far, among them are:

    1) The Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA) – cija.ca
    2) The Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) – cjc.ca
    3) The Canada Israel Committee (CIC) – cicweb.ca

    They really tried hard to cover their affiliations as you can see.

    Regards,

    Surcouf

    • mary February 24, 2010, 7:11 PM

      It’s too little, too late. They can’t disassociate from this. I also think Cherniak isn’t going to be making anymore videos for Israel anytime soon.

  • Mark February 25, 2010, 6:37 AM

    Richard – AFAIK, Jason Reitman is the son of (Jewish-Canadain) film director Ivan Reitman. Neither father nor son is part of a “real estate” dynasty. However the (Jewish-Canadian) Reichmann family are definitely involved in real estate!

    FYI

    Mark

    • Robin February 25, 2010, 9:08 AM

      Mark it isn’t “Jason Reitman” it is JOEL Reitman who is

      Here is the scoop on Joel Reitman, He is married to Jill Reitman, together they have a foundation with his parent’s name, the Dorothy and Cyril and Joel and Jill Reitman Foundation.,His father Cyril was in the fashion business.

      This is from an article about his mother, Dorothy:

      Reitman (Dorothy) has one brother, Allan Salomon (b. 1939), a lawyer, and she and her husband have one son, Joel (b. 1956), a Toronto dotcom executive. (me-that would be MIJO) Together with Joel and his wife, she and her husband fund the Dorothy and Cyril and Joel and Jill Reitman Foundation. They are members of Montreal’s patrician traditional synagogue, Shaar Hashomayim.

      Fourth article down, “Clothing retailer Reitmans announces changes to Board”

      http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/company-news/reitmans/

      So, he grew up the son of one of Canada’s well known fashion retailers, maybe they own real estate too, I have no clue, but he is not the son of the film director Ivan Reitman.

      • Robin February 25, 2010, 9:30 AM

        Just an item of note, Jill Reitman recently became a board member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the ubiquitous entity which is building a “Museum of Dignity” on top of a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem

        http://friendsofsimonwiesenthalcenter.com/downloads/news_111309.pdf

        Interesting piece of info in that document:

        Wiesenthal Center announced the launching of a new website, http://www.torontodeclaration.com.
        We believe that Toronto’s message to the world should be a positive one. Our message should be one of seeking balance, working toward peace and building understanding through truth, justice and human rights. Toronto’s residents should take ownership of their City’s good name and demonstrate to the world that Toronto is a multicultural model of peace and harmony to be shared with the rest of the world.

        “Connections”………………..

  • Norman Dershowitz February 27, 2010, 1:01 PM

    I agree with Size Doesn’t Matter! Oppression is HAWT.

    Apartheid is SEXY.

    http://www.sexyapartheid.wordpress.com

  • Joe March 2, 2010, 7:25 AM

    What a wonderful and fresh approach. Bravo to those who supported this creative effort.

    • Richard Silverstein March 2, 2010, 12:47 PM

      Thank God for the idiot brigade. If it didn’t exist God would have to invent it.

      • mary March 2, 2010, 1:03 PM

        Some unfortunate people are born without any sensibilities. This is why tacky crap such as this ad campaign always has a following.

  • Anon April 11, 2010, 2:00 PM

    This is hilarious. Thank you David Silverstein.

    Let me just confirm (since there appears to be some confusion) that Joel Reitman is the son of Cyril and Dorothy Reitman of Reitman Stores (a clothing retail outlet).

    Joel is the owner of MIJO Corporation which provides services to the movie, radio, television and advertising / marketing industries. So it’s not surprising that he’s involved in the “branding” campaign and as a founding member of CJPAC (Canada’s AIPAC) he’s clearly a part of the Israel Lobby.

    As far as I know he is not related to Ivan Reitman whose son is Jason and I’m not aware of Ivan Reitman being involved or active in the Israel Lobby in Canada.

  • Greville Janner April 11, 2010, 2:27 PM

    Yes, it is MIJO.
    They also have interests in Palladin security.

    There’s a very nice picture available on the web, if you search, of Cyril Reitman and one of his grandsons, with Cherie Booth QC, wife of Tony B.liar, supposed UN peace negotiator for Israel and Palestine.

    When the Reitmans set out to buy politicians, they seem to know which ones are for sale!

  • abduli February 15, 2011, 5:25 AM

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