By COLlive reporter
An outspoken Israeli rap artist who came to the defense of a Lubavitcher attacked for his outreach efforts says he was censored by Facebook.
Yoav Eliasi, commonly known by his stage name The Shadow, told fans that he was outraged by a video that criticized a young chossid helping Jews put on Tefillin in a supermarket.
In the video, the person follows a Lubavitcher engaging with customers of Supersal and confronts the management of the supermarket about why they allow “missionary activities” to be held on their premises.
Eliasi wrote on Facebook on Monday, February 2 that he was outraged by the “leftist trash who makes a commotion in the supermarket because of a guy who puts on Tefillin.”
“I am a secular Tel Aviv resident and cannot begin to understand where this self-hatred comes from?” He said, and mentioned the suffering the Jewish people went through to keep their faith and heritage.
“We were expelled from Spain, lived in fear in the Arab countries,” he wrote. “They married off my grandmother at the age of 9 so that a Muslim would not marry her. We escaped from the hatred and anti-Semitism around the world so that leftists… will allow themselves to behave like that.”
His post garnered well over 5,000 likes, shares and comments. But in a post on Wednesday, February 4, Eliasi accused Facebook of censoring him because of his previous remarks.
“Facebook punished me and lowered the reach of my page,” he wrote. “I think it is my right to publish a status about a person who publicized (his opinion) in public and wants to hurt the freedom of religion in Israel.”
“I didn’t call to hurt the person, just was shocked by his behavior – and it is my absolute right,” he added. The rapper added that Facebook shuts down pages connected to right-wing views but leaves “all the anti Israeli Arab pages (including ISIS) active.”