Hen Mazzig is an Israeli who makes frequent appearances abroad to promote the truth about Israel.

I first learned of Hen when he wrote about his experiences with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the U.S.:

As a young Israeli who had just completed five years of service in the IDF, I looked forward to my new job educating people in the Pacific Northwest about Israel. I was shocked, however, by the anti-Israel bigotry and hostility I encountered, especially in the greater Seattle area, Oregon, and Berkeley. I had been very liberal, a member of the leftist Zionist party, Meretz, but the anti-Semitism and hatred for Israel that I have seen in the U.S. has changed my outlook personally and politically….

When I served as a soldier in the West Bank, I got used to having ugly things said to me, but nothing prepared me for the misinformation, demonization of Israel, and the gut-wrenching, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hostility expressed by many students, professors, church members, and even some high school students right here in the Pacific Northwest….

At a BDS event in Portland, a professor from a Seattle university told the assembled crowd that the Jews of Israel have no national rights and should be forced out of the country. When I asked, “Where do you want them to go?” she calmly answered, “I don’t care. I don’t care if they don’t have any place else to go. They should not be there.” …

And during a presentation in Seattle, I spoke about my longing for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. When I was done, a woman in her 60’s stood up and yelled at me, “You are worse than the Nazis. You are just like the Nazi youth!”

When Hen left the U.S., we reprinted with permission his 2014 interview with the Mike Report, which included this video of how he was harassed:

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I’ve followed Hen’s continued advocacy for Israel, and how he has been targeted by the BDS movement. We documented the hostility and violence in our October 2016 post, BDS thugs attack Israeli speaker and crowd at University College London:

There is a history of violent BDS activists in London, as we previously reported, Anti-Israel protest at Kings College turns violent.

The tactic of disrupting Israeli or pro-Israel speakers as part of the boycott of Israel is increasing, as it is in the U.S.

As The Times of Israel Reports, trouble was waiting, Pro-Palestinian protesters trap attendees of Israel event in London university hall:

Police officers were called on Thursday to an on-campus Israel event at University College London after pro-Palestinian demonstrators were seen trapping attendees in the room where the talk was being held and preventing others from going in.

Israel advocate Hen Mazzig was to speak at the event hosted by the Friends of Israel at UCL in London and CAMERA on Campus but the protests led by the Friends of Palestine Society began just as he began talking.

In a series of videos from the event, protesters can be seen banging on the windows and the door to the hall, shouting “Free, free Palestine,” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

So when it comes to BDS, Hen is an expert in the vicious, sometimes violent, tactics used to silence the speech of Israelis and pro-Israel students and advocates.

Al Jazeera has a video wing, called AJ+, which excels at very slick videos on social justice issues. Its videos about Israel and the dispute with the Palestinians are biased against Israel and frequently deceptive.

AJ+ created just such a misleading video about anti-BDS legislation, claiming it would criminalize speech. If you want to see why the video is substantively deceptive, a good place to start is Professor Eugene Kontorovich’s explanation of the legislation in the Washington Post, Israel anti-boycott bill does not violate free speech.

Regardless of where you come out on the anti-BDS bill, it’s a matter of public debate. Hen disagreed with how AJ+ presented BDS in its video, so he created a counter-video with scenes from vicious BDS bullies.

Someone from AJEnglish took exception to the video:

You can’t see the video in Hen’s Tweet anymore:

That’s because AJ+ filed with Twitter a takedown notice, claiming copyright infringement:

The takedown notice, signed by a senior executive of AJ+, asserted the following basis for infringement:

Description of infringement: This person ripped the video and added clips that change the original message of the video

As a matter of law, that description alleging transformation of the original AJ+ video actually proves that there was no infringement. Among other things, see Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, 510 U.S. 569 (1994).

Here is Hen’s video.

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Why wouldn’t AJ+ want you to see it?

Perhaps because Hen and his video are anti-BDS, and AJ+ appears to be pro-BDS.

Perhaps because the video makes AJ+ look like fools.

Perhaps because AJ+, owned by Qatar and part of the Al Jazeera propaganda machine, forgets that it’s not in Qatar anymore.