A young Israeli man, Noy Alooshe, saw Muammar Gaddafi’s televised speech when all manner of things looked strange: his clothing, his arm movements and his speech about how he planned to hunt down anti-government protesters. The result is this video spoof, which Libyans are loving, and most probably don’t know an an Israeli created it.
…the Libyan leader vowed to hunt down protesters “inch by inch, house by house, home by home, alleyway by alleyway,” and immediately identified it as a “classic.”
“He was dressed strangely, and he raised his arms” like at a trance party, Mr. Alooshe said Sunday in a telephone interview, referring to the gatherings that feature electronic dance music. Then there were Colonel Qaddafi’s words with their natural beat.
Alooshe use the music of rapper Pitbull, “Hey Baby,” and software to sync the dictator’s movements to the music. The Zenga Zenga title is a further spoof on Gaddafi’s use of the word “zanqa” which means “alleyway.” In a matter of a few days, the video had close to 500,000 hits.
Mr. Alooshe, who at first did not identify himself on the clip as an Israeli, started receiving enthusiastic messages from all around the Arab world. Web surfers soon discovered that he was a Jewish Israeli from his Facebook profile — Mr. Alooshe plays in a band called Hovevey Zion, or the Lovers of Zion — and some of the accolades turned to curses. A few also found the video distasteful.
At the site of the YouTube video, I saw a comment that said “Israel stands with the People of Libya – Long Live Freedom, Long Live Peace.” Alooshe, 31, said it was exciting to “be making waves in the Arab world.” He even had some supporters among the Egyptian anti-government forces. Read the entire story here. Watch Gaddafi’s speech here. Visit Noy’s website, Hovevey Zion (his band) here.
Muammar Gaddafi: Zanga Zanga – I’ll hunt you in the alleyways! (video)