When Pierre Rehov saw images of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy being shot, it altered the course of his life.
The film producer was stunned to learn Israel had been accused of targeting young Mohammed al-Dura, whose gripping death in the arms of his father was an image broadcast around the world. Indeed, the graphic images of the boy dying in his father Jamal’s arms, supposedly murdered by Israeli soldiers, became the icon of the newly launched intifada and fueled the ambitions of a thousand young, would-be suicide bombers.
“I was in shock,” Rehov said in a recent magazine interview. “In this case, I knew as a producer that there was something very fishy about the images. The angles just weren’t right.”
One day after watching footage of al-Dura’s death, Rehov, an Algerian-born Jew who lives in France, was thrust into action when he witnessed a pro-Palestinian rally in the streets of Paris, where demonstrators screamed “Death to the Jews.” The al-Dura video had been videotaped by a Palestinian freelance photographer working for France 2 television.
An Israeli passport holder, Rehov took off for the Holy Land to investigate the suspicious death of the 12-year-old boy. He found numerous inconsistencies, including the trajectory of Israeli gunfire and the position of the bullet holes. Although al-Dura was buried before an autopsy could be performed, Rehov was convinced he had evidence the Palestinians themselves killed al-Dura for propaganda purposes.
“It is not so hard to believe from some of these extremists who indoctrinate their children to be martyrs and suicide bombers,” he told Lifestyles magazine.
Indeed, as WorldNetDaily has reported, independent studies of the incident show the boy couldn’t have been shot by Israeli soldiers as alleged. Moreover, there is compelling evidence that the “shooting death” of little Mohammed al-Dura was a piece of intentional Arab “street theatre” staged by Palestinians to portray Israelis as child murderers.
Since the al-Dura incident and Rehov’s revelations about it, the filmmaker has immersed himself in documenting, up-close and personal, the true nature of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. To date he has produced six documentaries, highlighted on a new website that communicates his conviction that Palestinian leaders have created a mythology every reporter working in the disputed territories is compelled to buy if he wants to work safely.
“There is no freedom of press under the Palestinian Authority, and no journalist can report honestly without risking his life,” says Rehov.
Traveling to Israel with his digital recorder, Rehov began undercover investigations of what is really happening behind the scenes in that troubled region. His films include “The Trojan Horse,” uncovering Yasser Arafat’s true designs; “Holy Land: Christians in Peril,” on why Bethlehem no longer is a Christian town; “The Road to Jenin,” exposing the Palestinian “massacre” hoax; “Silent Exodus,” on the expulsion of a million Jews from Arab countries after 1948; and “Hostages of Hatred,” why most Palestinians still are considered refugees after more than five decades.
Like perhaps nothing else commercially available, Rehov’s documentaries take the viewer behind the scenes to experience the stunning reality – so often obscured by the world’s news media – of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For instance, “Israel and the War of Images” proves, through exclusive footage of Palestinian leaders including Yasser Arafat, that their goal remains the eradication of the Jewish state. In it, the viewer can:
- watch Arafat call for jihad (in Arabic).
- watch his reaction when a daring reporter questions his training of young children in the art of war against Israel.
- watch the indoctrination of young children and girls into martyrdom for his cause.
- watch victims of Arafat’s terrorism deal with their pain and suffering.
Rehov was born into a Jewish family in Algeria where his ancestors had lived for nearly 500 years. He came to France in 1961 with 250,000 Jewish refugees who were expelled from the territory after it came under Muslim rule.
At school in Algeria, his classmates called him a “dirty Jew” and other kids praised Adolf Hitler. As a child, he witnessed two terror attacks by Muslim extremists rebelling against French rule. In one, he saw people exiting a cafe drenched in blood and without limbs. Another took place at his school where 11 classmates were killed.
At 9 years old, Rehov, his mother, and younger brother left Algeria to join his father, already in France.
Although his documentaries are authoritative and powerful, so far French television channels have refused to air any of them.
But Rehov has found an ingenious method of distribution, taking advantage of France’s freedom of expression laws, which require newsstands to carry publications regardless of their point of view.
He created a political magazine called Contre Champs and attached a video of his documentary to each magazine, selling 50,000 copies with the first two issues.
Rehov has been a movie producer, novelist, journalist and lawyer. But in producing documentaries that tell the truth about the Middle East– however controversial or dangerous – Rehov has found his calling.
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