An Amman-based Palestinian rap group intends to take action against hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for using one of their songs in an election campaign video.
Torabyeh “will take all necessary legal action against those responsible” for the “infringement of intellectual property rights and the distortion of the reputation of Torabyeh,” the group announced in a Facebook posting on Saturday.
Netanyahu’s video depicts a group of fighters ostensibly from the Islamic State (also known as IS, ISIL or ISIS) riding in a pickup truck as Torabyeh’s song “Ghorbah” blasts in the background.
“I want to be buried in the same graveyard as my grandfather. Ever since I was young I’ve dreamed of being a soldier. With time I discovered who I belong to: Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah, Hamas or the Jabha,” one of the rappers sang, referring at the end to the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
“Let me be free because they are all mercenaries,” the song continues.
In Netanyahu’s campaign video, actors playing ISIS fighters pull up next to another car and ask in Hebrew for directions to Jerusalem. An Israeli driver replies, “Turn left.” The fighters then speed off down the road as one of them fires an automatic weapon into the air. As the Israeli vehicle drives off, a bumper sticker becomes visible. ”Anyone but Netanyahu,” it reads.
A message to Israeli voters then appears on the screen: “The left will surrender to terrorism.” more