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Rehov was born to a Jewish family from Algiers, when Algeria was still a French department. According to his website, he experienced terrorism at a young age. In the sixties, Rehov left Algeria with his mother and younger brother to join his father, already in France. His family became a part of as many as 250,000 other Jews and about one[dubious ] pied-noirs (French settlers) fleeing Algeria, which was to become independent the next year. A later film on Jewish refugees (Silent Exodus) described the fate of Jews who fled Arab countries after 1948. He chose not to describe his own community from Algeria, since the Algerian war was a colonial problem involving France more than the Jewish community, although he recalls that Jews in Algeria, had been suffering of Muslim antisemitism for decades, when Algeria was part of France.
Rehov says he was not a pro-Israeli activist until 2000, when he saw the death of Muhammad al-Durrah on television, and doubted its authenticity. He, and others, requested an investigation into the murder of al-Durrah. He claimed that it was Palestinian gunfire that killed the child. This investigation[which?] was also featured in the film Decryptage. Since then[when?], he has been working mostly in the Palestinian territories, and other Arab countries, including in Iraq, where he was embedded in the US army as a free lance reporter in January/February 2008.
Rehov claims that every reporter must be (or appear to be) pro-Palestinian to work in the Palestinian territories safely and this, among other things, creates systematic anti-Israeli bias, especially on French media outlets. He advocates a two-state solution, for Palestinians and Israelis to live side by side, but does not believe that peace will be possible for many generations.
In January 2008, Rehov was embedded in the 4/1 US cavalry in Baghdad, where he filmed hours of dailies, showing the situation in Iraq from the field. Those images are part of his last documentary The Path to Darkness.
In 2008 Rehov moved to the United States due to what he described as a growing climate of antisemitism in France and the rest of Europe. Three years later, in November 2011, he moved to Tel Aviv, Israel, where he now lives.
Rehov lives with Sharon Yambem, a Jewish immigrant to Israel from India. He has a son, who lives in Hong Kong and a daughter.
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Rehov has made 12 films about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its treatment in the media:
- The Road to Jenin – a response to Jenin, Jenin, a controversial documentary produced by Mohammed Bakri, in order to portray what Bakri calls "the Palestinian truth" about the "Battle of Jenin". The film lists number of casualties acknowledged by both Palestinians and Israelis.
- The Trojan Horse (documentary) – this film demonstrates that Yasser Arafat's true intentions were not a two-state solution, but a Palestinian state on the territory of all of Israel.
- Holy Land - Christians in Peril – a film which exposes the flight of Christians from PA-controlled lands.
- Silent Exodus – a film about the Jewish exodus from Arab lands.
- Hostages of Hatred – how the Palestinian right of return, supported by the UN, has left Palestinians in camps for half a century and, as Rehov argues, originated the present unsolvable situation in the Middle East.
- From The River to the Sea was voted Best Film at the 2006 Liberty Film Festival
- The War of Images
- Suicide Killers – 2006 documentary film that purports to explore the psychological condition of suicide bombers. Released in theaters, in New York and Los Angeles, and distributed on DVD by WEA, Suicide Killers was considered for the Hollywood Oscars but not nominated.
- First comes Saturday, then Comes Sunday – 2007 documentary film about the persecution of Christians under Islamic rule in the Middle East
- The Path to Darkness – 2011
- War Crimes in Gaza – 2015 (exposes Hamas crimes against its own population)
- Beyond Deception Strategy – 2015 (exposes BDS criminal intentions)
- Cellules Blanches – Published by the major French publisher, Albin Michel. Soon to be translated in English, under the title "White Cells". A thriller about terrorism.