Labor calls gory Likud propaganda film slanderous

Labor Party officials are furious over a Likud propaganda film, screened at home gatherings and political meetings, showing horrifying pictures of mass terrorist attacks, bloody corpses and other gory images.

Labor says the film, which links Prime Minister Shimon Peres directly to the terrorist attacks, is slanderous and inflammatory, intended to scare people out of voting for Labor.

The film, accompanied by the soundtrack of screaming and crying women, is screened mainly for new immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

Titled "Peres' New Middle East," the film also shows funerals of terror casualties in addition to the victims' corpses, together with Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat smiling and holding their Nobel Peace Prizes.

Labor sources noted that while the Likud congratulates itself on its restraint in the official propaganda broadcasts, it prepared "underground" horror films shown in private meetings.

The left-wing Meretz Party is reportedly preparing a campaign clip "starring" Yigal Amir, the extremist right-wing assassin of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. It is not yet clear when the clip will be broadcast.