As readers of this blog know well, media bias is one of my pet hates. It is so frustrating to read the lies and agit-prop and yet be unable to effectively counter the lies. Thankfully there are now several organizations that work hard and effectively at pro-Israel advocacy (e.g. Honest Reporting, UN Watch, CAMERA and others listed down my right sidebar).
But it is unusual to find a “one-man band” of advocacy. This is the story that Arutz Sheva brought us back in June but which I somehow missed. Even so it is just as relevant today as 2 months ago.
Ezri Tubi, a resident and spokesman of the much-maligned community of Yitzhar in the Samaria region, created a video based on John Lennon’s “Imagine” as he took on the anti-Israel bias of the UN and international media:
In the face of this bias, Ezri Tubi, the spokesperson for the Samaria community of Yitzhar, has taken “Imagine,” by John Lennon – a song now associated heavily with leftist organizations and human rights groups – to explain the facts on the ground.
“Imagine,” he begins. “Imagine yourselves driving with your family and being targeted by rocks.”
“Imagine a nightmare of terrorists penetrating your house in the middle of the night, slaughtering your family,” he continues. “Imagine missiles exploding in your city on a regular basis, killing innocent civilians.”
Watch the video which is very well-made – and reveals Tubi’s hidden talent as a singer too!:
Tubi spoke to Arutz Sheva about the making of the film, and his song choice.
“This is a great song with an endearing message – a manifesto of the desire for peace,” he noted, “but also a self-righteous hypocrisy that can turn ugly. Accusing Israel of war crimes is hypocrisy and this blindness will eventually backfire against the self-righteous themselves.”
“The video is centered around concentric circles,” he added. “[It begins with a] description of terrorism against settlers in Judea and Samaria, to rockets and tunnels directed against all citizens, on to describe the general situation in the Middle East to global hypocrisy in relation to the State of Israel.”
“Make no mistake – we are at war and this is not the time to be modest!” he concluded. “Anyone who can contribute uniquely to the brutal and anti-Semitic war being waged against Israel and the world – must do something.”
This week Tubi continued with his video messaging. This time he took on the New York Times’ Roger Cohen, a “reporter” with much previous form in anti-Israel reporting and who uses his Jewishness to give “street cred” and cover to his anti-Israel message, after Cohen spread some more lies about Israel:
Cohen claimed that Palestinian Arabs ride around in “donkey carts” on “dirt roads” to their orchards, while Jews ride in fancy cars on modern highways nearby – so Tubi drove through the Arab village of Huwara located near his home to test the ex-editor’s claims.
What Tubi found were luxury cars made by Mercedes-Benz and other leading makers, driven by Arab residents on clean paved roads.
“Recently I find myself growing very interested in the processes occurring in the public opinion of Jews in the US,” said Tubi. “When I saw these lies said by this Jew eaten up by hate I was so angry. How can one lie like that? Anyone who drives on the roads in Judea and Samaria can’t help but notice the fancy luxury cars of the Arabs.”
By filming the routine traffic in Huwara, Tubi sought to make his point about the actual conditions in the region.
Here is the video filmed by Tubi:
The Arutz Sheva article concludes with a plea for help so that Tubi can continue in his vital work:
Tubi is raising funds online in a head-start campaign to continue his efforts to fight Israel’s opponents through his videos.
Share these videos far and wide and if you can afford it, participate in the crowd-funding effort so that we can all fight the delegitimization of Israel together.