Jordan-based Rappers Threaten to Sue Over Netanyahu's ISIS-inspired Clip

Torabyeh's music is sampled in the Likud video claiming a vote for the left will bring ISIS to Jerusalem; Hip-hop group 'rejects all forms of cooperation with the Zionist enemy (right and left).'

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Screenshot from music video for Torabyeh's song 'Ghorbah.'
Screenshot from music video for Torabyeh's song 'Ghorbah.' Credit: Screenshot from YouTube

Jordan-based rappers have threatened legal action against "those responsible" for a Likud campaign video that implies a vote for the Israeli left would bring the Islamic State to Jerusalem.

The rap group Torabyeh, whose music is sampled in the clip, posted a statement on the its Facebook page, saying, "In the last propaganda video released by the Israeli Likud Party which is headed by the criminal Benjamin Netanyahu (Zionist right-wing), the song called 'Ghorbah' by Torabyeh has been used.

"The use of the song in the particular context cannot be considered anything but deliberate propaganda of the Zionist right for the purpose of electoral propaganda and attacking the so-called Zionist 'left wing,'" the statement continued.

"Furthermore, it implicates the Torabyeh group by containing serious accusations of terrorism and association with ISIS which is consequently putting the group’s members' lives at risk."

The group said it condemns this "this ruthless infringement of intellectual property rights and the distortion of the reputation of Torabyeh. What is more, we reject all forms of cooperation with the Zionist enemy (right and left) and the fascist expansionist colonial entity. Torabyeh group will take all necessary legal action against those responsible."

It ends the statement, saying, "Victory for the Palestinian people and the Arab against colonialism, Glory to the martyrs."

The Likud video was posted Saturday to Netanyahu's Facebook page, and shows actors dressed as ISIS fighters hoisting the group's flag and driving a white pickup truck. When stopped near another driver, they ask him in Hebrew with a heavy Arabic accent, “How do we get to Jerusalem, bro?” “Take a left,” the other driver replies.

Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page, “This time choose: Likud headed by Netanyahu or a weak and submissive leftist government with Tzipi and Bougie,” referring to Zionist Union leaders MKs Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog.

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