• Aug 6, 2008


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Saudis may be known for a lot of things, but let's face it – comedy is not one of them. Israelis on the other hand... have you seen The Zohan? In any event, it's not surprising that people in Saudi Arabia are outraged at something from Israel, but this time it has nothing to do with military actions or residential construction, and to be fair, while talk of boycotts is filling the air once again, they're not actually blaming Israel itself for anything. Instead, Nissan is the boycott target.

The spate was started by a commercial Israeli TV that depicts Arabian oil sheikhs getting medieval on a Nissan Tiida. The implication is that the car's fuel efficiency is harming the sheikhs' business interests. The Saudi regime, along with other oil-producing Gulf states, is threatening to boycott Nissan – which itself is collaborating on the development of the Project Better Place electric car system in Israel – if the automaker doesn't apologize.

Follow the jump to watch the commercial – which, strangely, we could only find in Arabic with Russian subtitles – and leave your thoughts in the comments section below (just please keep it tasteful).

[Source: Haaretz]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      We need to start bombing countries that don't have a sense of humor. Spending time digging out of rubble and making orderly piles of bricks will help focus the mind on what is important and what is not important. Being able to laugh at your self is important. Having others laughing at you is tough toe nails.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tell that to yourselves...you sure know how to dish out crap but God forbid someone criticizes America.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Noz:

        In your first post, you claimed Americans cannot take criticisms. In response, I used 2 well-documented cases in the real world to dispute your claim. Now, you further claim magazine criticisms do not count as valid criticisms, because, in your mind, no one cares about what magazines say. Since when did magazines and their criticisms not count in the real world? With your tactic, you could just dismiss everything out of hand if they don't conform to your bias and preconceptions. That's one way to reinforce your prejudiced views.

        You also made the claim that people only started to timidly criticize George W Bush after he began to lose his hold on power recently. In fact, as soon as he ascended to power as the US president, he had been dogged by accusations of stealing the presidency due to voting irregularities in Florida, such as the hanging chads. Further, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, a scathing criticism of Bush and his policies, was anything but timid. But of course, you can just dismiss these real world examples because they don't conform to your bias and preconceptions, right?

        That you would make these outlandish and false claims about American society, shows how very little you understand America and the American people. Given your prejudiced delusions, it is clear you are the one who is dreaming.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Noz: Tell that to yourself. The New Yorker did a political cartoon of Barack Obama depicted as a bin Laden follower, and the Vanity Fair did one of John McCain depicted as a senile old man on walkers. I haven't heard of a single boycott against either magazine as a result of these cartoons. As the facts show, there are plenty who criticize America, including Americans; we just don't get worked up as you like to imagine.
      lisa
      • 6 Years Ago
      F*@k 'em if they can't take a joke.
      Good for Nissan!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      AMERICA UNITE! EVERYONE GOOGLE "AIR CAR" AND LEARN ABOUT THE CAR WHICH RUNS SOLELY ON AIR- NEVER GAS AND EXPELS ONLY AIR- IS LIGHT METAL AND SAFE- TOOK 15 YRS TO DEVELOP BY FRENCH INVENTOR- WILL BE ON THE MARKET IN FRANCE, VANCOUVER AND INDIA NEXT YEAR. HEY I WANT THE OIL KINGS AND PIMPS TO APOLOGIZE TO ME! FOR BEING IMMORALLY GREEDY AND SELFISH. AMERICANS UNITE AND STICK IT TO THEM OIL KINGS AND THEIR PIMPS- BUY AIR CARS, HYBRIDS AND WHATEVER IS AVAILABLE- NO MORE OIL BLACKMAIL!!!!! GET OUR POWER BACK!!!!!!! GOODBYE SHEIKS WITH THE SOLID SILVER CARS AND THEIR BILLION $ PALACES!!GO BYE BYE!
      Oscar
      • 6 Years Ago
      What in the world is a WEK or at least can someone educate me on what $110,990 WEK amounts to in U.S. Currency. I hate big oil and my father and I are turning an old FORD Taurus into an electrical car. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I just own my own insurance office here in town but the idea was mine on how to do it he is making it happen since I know squat about how not to shock the heck out of myself. It worked with a gocart we made so now we just have to make it bigger and not so fast as the gocart or someone will get hurt I think. We tested the go cart for a weekend and did not have to recharge it one time and ran the thing all day. If it works with a bigger car then say goodbye to buying gas and those Arab countries can kiss their cash goodbye. If they want to be so thin skinned and riot over even a cartoon then let them go back to living as nomads living off the land and then they will not have the money to be terrorists anymore.
      J. Stewart
      • 6 Years Ago
      To heck with them. I'm tired of being extorted, so that they can live their grossly excessive lifestyles. We are being held hostage by greed and the fact that the petroleum lobby has apparently bought out Congress.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hey guys, hate to tell u this, but WE own most of the oil in saudi arabia. not the terrorist. mobile gas and some other thing are the biggest oil exporters. bush is one of the big oil guys...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excellent! - more GT-R for USA!!
      David Cassie
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah and yes, Shalom Aleichem, Salaam..., and now pa Russki subtitles. What? What's up with that??

      If I learned anything from my overstay at the Slavic Language and Literature studies at the UW, an average Russian driver is impervious to rising and deflating oil...(you know what I mean). Besides those Bo-reeses, Vla-dee-me-airs could care less about American driver's distress calls and dilemmas; why? because not only do they have their own abundant supply of oil wells tapped and untapped, but they have a humongous Gold, Titanium, and gem stones guarded with nuclear weaponry. Wouldn't you?

      I said too much; all that I have mentioned are public knowledge.

      But back to commercial with the sheik leaping and groping the Nissan TIIDA like a banshee in heat.
      Yeah and yes, that sheik can add the TIIDA to his harem,

      The future I envision would be Hydrogen powered car or better yet a more efficient Transmission and revolutionized non-piston driven engine.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't get the commercial to be honest, but the people in it -being a Saudi myself- aren't Saudis. It's not even offensive, why would they boycott nissan for that ?!
      Either you got the story all wrong or there are people stupid enough to take anything that has their image as an offense ..
      Michael
      • 6 Years Ago
      We all hate the point where people think they are saving the earth by buying hybrids. But in fact they are destroying it because in 5 or so years they have to bury a battery that is so toxic the US gov wont even let the big three build it here. All batteries are built in Japan for all cars and SUV's made and desposed of in any country they are sold in. Wait for Hydrogen engines please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who are they fooling, they only buy Bentleys Bigattis and Ferraris
      Doctor Bob
      • 6 Years Ago
      Awww... so the poor Saudi sheiks offended? Hey, turkeys, I'm offended that you are living beyond the wildest dream of opulence that I could ever think of on MY dollar! I am offended that you fund terrorism. I am offended that you stole oil fields developed by other countries, when you couldn't find a grain of sand on your own. I am offended that you are hostile towards Israel, or any other nation. I am offended that your stupid, idiotic Wahabi religious views are getting people killed all over the world. I am offended that you don't tolerate Christianity in your country. I am offended at your vicious treatment of women. I am offended that you would DARE to appoint yourself arbiters of morality. Mostly, I am offended that you are breathing MY air! Now, get off my planet and go to hell.
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