Israeli Spokesman Sacha Dratwa Under Fire for Blackface “Obama Style” Facebook Post

Israeli military spokesman Sacha Dratwa posts photo on Facebook page in blackface, captioned “Obama style.” Says he’s not racist. Um, really?
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ABC News:  Sacha Dratwa posted the photo in late September, but since the furor he has restricted access to his account. A screengrab of the original post circulating online showed that it drew mixed reactions, with one commenter saying, “You know this is racist, yeah?”

In the photo, Dratwa appears to be smeared in mud from the Dead Sea, a popular activity for many visiting and living in Israel. Dratwa responded to a user on Twitter accusing him of racism saying, “I’m not a racist, please stop [spreading] lies about me.” He also posted a response on Facebook saying the firestorm around the photo misrepresents his opinions and is a “cynical use of the information” on his profile.

“I am, and have always been, completely candid about my beliefs and have nothing to hide,” wrote Dratwa on Sunday. “The aforementioned photos do not reflect my beliefs and have no bearing whatsoever on my position in the IDF.”

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  • TataDuhende

    It’s bad enough the IDF are internationally renown for their racism, but to have our Stevie play a gig for them…(sigh).

    “Stevie Wonder to provide IDF Soldiers with Support Through Song.”

    Stevie Wonder to provide IDF Soldiers with Support Through Song. While he may not have “just called” the Israeli Defense Forces to say “I love you”, music icon Stevie Wonder will be lending his support at the upcoming gala of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
    TataDuhende