Archive for March 2nd, 2006

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Tomorrow morning I will be trying to create and download a copy of the blog for archive purposes. This process forces me to take the blog offline for a short time.
I will try to have it restored and back to normal as soon as possible.

Families of suicide bombers’ victims ask to revoke “Paradise Now” Oscar nomination

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Knowing the liberal hollywood crowd, they’ll thumb their noses at the terror victims and refuse to do the right thing…again.

Families of Israelis killed in Palestinian suicide bombings have collected 32,000 signatures on a petition to kick “Paradise Now” out of Sunday’s Oscar competition, saying the film glorifies terrorism.
“Paradise Now” tells the fictional story of two young mechanics from the Samarian town of Nablus sent to carry out a double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The film won a Golden Globe award in January and is nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film.
But relatives of teenagers killed in a bus bombing in the northern city of Haifa three years ago say the film disregards the suffering experienced by the bombers’ victims, and will encourage more terrorist attacks all over the world.
Seventeen people died in that attack by the militant Hamas group, which recently won Palestinian parliamentary elections. In all, 521 Isarelis were killed in 124 suicide bombings since late 2000.
Sunday — the day of the Academy Awards ceremony in California — is the third anniversary of the Haifa attack. A Palestinian peace activist will deliver the signatures, which were collected on a Web site, to the Academy of Motion Pictures on Friday, said Yossi Zur, a petition organizer, whose 16-year-old son Asaf died in the Haifa bus bombing.
Zur said the movie also implies that Israeli conduct has left Palestinians no option but suicide bombings.
“It was hard for me to not be convinced I am the murderer of my son,” Zur said.
The last scene of “Paradise Now” shows one of the bombers boarding a crowded bus and ends with a white screen, leaving the conclusion open to the viewer. After watching the movie, the families of the Haifa victims said it implied that the bomber would explode on the bus.
“We are living in this blank white, and for us it’s definitely not paradise,” said Ron Kehrmann, whose 17-year-old daughter, Tal, died in the Haifa attack. “If we, as a society, want to treasure freedom of speech, and the way we live, we have to be careful what we endorse.”
The academy declined to comment on the petition.
Since the film began playing at the the Cinematheque theater in Tel Aviv, nearly every showing has been sold out, said administrator Igal Chaim. He said it was important, though difficult, for Israelis to see the film and understand its point of view.
Director Hany Abu-Assad is an Arab born in Israel who considers himself a Palestinian. Israeli Amir Harel produced the film. Both Palestinians and Israelis acted in the movie, which was filmed in Judea, Samaria and inner Israel.