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FP: Why did you choose the name “Forbidden Territories”?
Rehov: I used to go a lot to the so-called Palestinian Territories. Israel uses a legal term to call them: “Disputed Territories.” Arab propaganda calls them “Occupied Territories.” And the main reason why most media are so biased — beside personal anti-Semitic feelings or extreme leftwing ideas — is because they are to them “Forbidden Territories.” I have very often described how it works, from my personal experience. Israel is a democracy, with freedom of speech. Journalists can say whatever they want, and almost go anywhere, as long as it doesn’t threaten national security. But they have no guarantee for their security when they work in the Palestinian Territories. There, they suffer the same kind of pressures as, let’s say, in North Korea. Most journalists, actually, don’t even go there. They hire a Palestinian crew, and stay at the American Colony, a hotel in East Jerusalem, waiting for whatever news their “neutral” Palestinians would bring back. That’s the kind of stories that we end up watching on television or read in the New York Times. So I thought that “Forbidden Territories” was an accurate name for my social network.
FP: Did you yourself have this kind of experience you describe above?
Rehov: Very often. In order to work in the Forbidden Territories, you must hire a “fixer.” Of course, all fixers work for the PLO or the Hamas. They receive orders. And the whole propaganda is very well organized, thanks to Arafat who was a master in communication, trained, if you remember, by the KGB. I remember once having been offered a scoop, the death of a kid killed by Israel, which could be organized for 10,000 U.S. dollars.
FP: So how can people join the site?
Rehov: Everyone can register. Once you are a member, you can upload an article, open your own blog, read everybody else’s blogs, comments, as long as you respect copyright laws. There you can also get in real time the latest main lines from Homeland Security, Frontpage Magazine, Memri.org, etc. I uploaded some of my clips, including a couple of scoops. It is 100% free.
FP: Are you concerned that anti-Israel surfers may invade or spam Forbidden Territories ?
Rehov: Concerned? No. Careful? Yes. I can ban anyone at anytime. A lot of members have already offer to help me manage the site for free. At a certain point, I am sure that I will need a few of them.
FP: What is your overall objective with this?
Rehov: As a film-maker, I always stick to the facts. Dates and numbers never lie. History can be rewritten depending on each individual’s point of views. But there are essential facts which cannot be changed. Such as: in Jenin, 53 Arabs died, and 23 Israeli soldiers died. By definition, this is not a massacre. The whole Arab propaganda is so well organized that even someone like Judge Goldstone was deceived. I did not respect what he did at first, but he was at least brave enough to admit his deception later. I will make sure that Forbidden Territories doesn’t become just another pro-Israel propaganda tool. Too many exist which are not so well made, and not taken seriously. With this site, I open a new space to everyone, and they are welcome as long as they don’t fill it up with slogans and national hymns.
I wish for Forbidden Territories to become viral. I want to create a community of hundreds of thousands. To give us a voice. Again, I am not trying to replace any existing organization or site. I would like to open a door to allow our members to jump more easily from one addictive site to another. I am just trying to help.
FP: Pierre Rehov, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview. We encourage our readers to visit ForbiddenTerritories.com.
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