In what surely should be unsurprising, a show on Comedy Central targeted an Australian Jewish military veteran after the Christchurch, New Zealand massacre by allegedly selectively editing an interview with him from months ago in order to color him as a radical and also breaking a reported pledge that the interview would not be on the same segment as any Nazi sympathizers or neo-Nazis. One problem: The Jewish veteran had taped the interview on his phone, and exposed the show’s maleficent deception.
On March 19, “The Jim Jefferies Show,” hosted by Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, aired a segment that limned Avi Yemini, who grew up in Australia, served in the Israel Defense Force, and now runs IDF Training, the largest Krav Maga training center in Australia, as a complete radical.
But on March 20, on his own YouTube page, as BoundingIntoComics reported, Yemini exposed the show with a response titled, “Hidden Camera: Jim Jefferies EXPOSED.” He stated:
So, a few months ago, Jim Jefferies’ producer contacted me and asked me to come on as a guest to his show. Now I agreed with two conditions: one, there will be no Neo-Nazis or Nazi sympathizers on the same segment, because I don’t want to be aligned to them and I don’t want to give them any legitimacy or anything like that. Common sense. The second one was that they don’t cut my answers from one question and put it to another.
Now, to my horror, but not my surprise, they did exactly both. Both those things. But they went even further. They connected me to the Christchurch shooter. To the terrorist. So it’s important to remember that this was filmed a few months ago, and not in response to the Christchurch massacre, as they seem to be alluding to here.
Luckily, I’m not an idiot, and I knew what their plan was all along. They flew me to Singapore, put me in a hotel for a couple of days there, what was I to expect? It was a set-up. So, what I did was, I got there, and I secretly put my phone down to record the entire segment.
Yemini revealed what he plans to do:
Now over the next few days I’m gonna release a bunch of little clips that are important that he specifically didn’t add to the piece. We filmed for about an hour, and there’s about three or four minutes where he’s included little snippets.
On his Youtube page, Yemini provided an example of Comedy Central’s alleged duplicity. In the segment that was aired, Jefferies asks, “What gives anyone the right to tell anyone where they can and can’t live?” Yemini responds, “When you import this culture, what do you think’s going to happen? Australia’s going to end up the same shithole that they came from, that they were escaping.”
But in the complete footage, Jefferies asks the same question, prompting Yemini to respond, “Borders?”
Jefferies continues, “I know borders, but wouldn’t it just be nice if we got to a place in society, a utopia where we all just commit to this one idea?”
Yemini answers, “I think most sensible people would agree with you in theory, but in practice, it goes against human nature, it just doesn’t work.”
After presenting the preceding example on his YouTube page, Yemini snaps, “You bloody scumbag, Jim. You see those rubbish edits through the entire segment? I don’t even need to show you. You get my point. They put one answer to a different question.”
Then Yemini finishes Jefferies, showing how it is Jefferies himself who has no respect for Muslims. He states, “Today, what I really want to show you is how Jim Jefferies speaks about Islam, about their Prophet Muhammad, and about Muslim themselves when he thinks the cameras aren’t rolling or when he knows he can cut it out.” He shows this exchange:
Yemini: So Muhammad is considered the perfect man.
Jefferies: Right, yes.
Jefferies: Can I draw a picture of him?
Yemini: No, don’t you dare. Don’t you dare, I’ve got enough death threats on me. Jesus Christ.
Jefferies draws a picture of Muhammad and hands it to Yemini, saying, “There he is. He looks like a wobbly ghost.
Yemini, in an aside to crew members, “He’s finally going to understand after this shit comes out.
Another example: Jefferies: “I’m not a big fan of Islam. I think that wearing a burka is stupid and demeaning.”