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LEAKED: Filmmakers demand Son of Babylon to be withdrawn from the 2010 MIFF program

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This morning the makers of the acclaimed feature Son of Babylon alerted Crikey to the news that they sent numerous requests to the Melbourne International Film Festival asking for the film be removed from the festival program.

The filmmakers strongly object to MIFF’s links with the State of Israel, which is one of the festival’s sponsors. Last year British director Ken Loach withdrew his film Looking for Eric from the program for the same reason.

Son of Babylon explores the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s downfall in Iraq. It is the second festival-selected film to attract controversy this year, following the OFLC’S decision earlier this month to ban director Bruce LaBruce’s LA Zombie.

Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Son of Babylon screenings have already come and gone. MIFF organisers claim they were not given sufficient notice to cancel the screenings.

Cinetology has not just the scoop but the entire email exchange between the makers of Son of Babylon and MIFF Executive Director Richard Moore, pasted below. Note that Cinetology has not edited the correspondence in any way.

Dear Richard,

When we grant a festival permission to screen a film that took us years to make along with danger, blood, sweat and tears -  we do so with trust. I would have thought a festival would morally recognise the need to tell a Palestinian co-production that it was funded by the state of Israel?

Your tone and “reasonable” manner is petulant, along with your actions in disregarding our requests not to have any screenings of our film at your festival.

I have spoken to the producer of Looking for Eric – who informed me that they were not requested to pay you any monies to the festival for pulling the film. I have made a fair offer to reimburse you for the shipment costs along with any monies you paid to our sales company to screen the film. A more than fair offer.

Also please send to me a copy of the agreement you have in place with our agent.

I will again reiterate that any permissions granted to Melbourne IFF to screen SON OF BABYLON have been revoked.

Sincerely,
Isabelle Stead

Iraq’s Missing Persons Petition – please sign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/iraqs-missing-campaign

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Son-of-Babylon-bn-bbl/165219640829

http://www.causes.com/iraqsmissing

Isabelle Stead
Human Film
Isabelle@humanfilm.co.uk
ADP House, 35 Hanover Square, Leeds, LS3 1BQ, UK, t: +44 (0) 113 243 8880 M+ 44 (0) 7835 378454

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On 28 July 2010 09:25, Richard Moore <moore@melbournefilmfestival.com.au> wrote:

Dear Isabelle

Re the question of festival sponsorship ; it is entirely a matter for our independent arts organisation to seek sponsorship wherever we see fit and we are under no legal obligation to declare our sources of funding for external groups to approve or disprove . Similarly we don’t ask filmmakers to declare their sources of funding.

For the record I find your comparison between Israel and an apartheid state odious ; we shall have to agree to disagree on this issue.

I have tried to deal with you in a reasonable manner by proposing a fair financial offer to compensate our festival for financial loss . In my view you have chosen not to treat this offer seriously.
Clearly, this situation is an unfortunate one and has been compounded by the time factor . As explained in prior  correspondence, the fact that you contacted us only on the date of the first screening exacerbated this situation.

I confirm that we have screened the film : it was enjoyed by many patrons and I sincerely hope it scores well in our audience awards.

regards

Richard Moore

Richard Moore
Executive Director

Melbourne International Film Festival
22 July – 8 August, 2010

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Dear Richard,

I am happy of course to reimburse you for any money you paid to screen the film to our Sales company – along with shipment cost – but please also recognise the festival must hold some responsibility in not informing a Palestinian co-production that it was being supported by the state of Israel.

In the 1980′s Mr Rod Webb The Sydney Film Festival Director, refused to accepted any sponsorship or screen films from apartheid South Africa, when Israel is no longer an apartheid state, we will of course be proud to screen our films in conjunction. In the interim I would be happy to help you find alternative sponsorship that is independent of Israel’s support for Melbourne IFF in the future.

Thank you also for relaying back to me our mission statement which I am please and proud to say is still in full force and effect, to reiterate my last email – we are acting from a humanitarian stance.

I apologise if you felt threatened by my last email this was not my intent, nevertheless as said at present we have revoked your rights to screen our film and hope that you respect and have respected our wishes. Please can you inform me if the film has already screened at your festival?

Furthermore I am happy to work out an alternative for Melbourne audiences to view the film, independent of the Melbourne IFF.

Sincerely,

Isabelle Stead

Iraq’s Missing Persons Petition – please sign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/iraqs-missing-campaign

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Son-of-Babylon-bn-bbl/165219640829

http://www.causes.com/iraqsmissing

Isabelle Stead
Human Film
Isabelle@humanfilm.co.uk
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On 27 July 2010 05:58, Richard Moore <moore@melbournefilmfestival.com.au> wrote:

Dear Isabelle

As I outlined in my previous email I look forward to seeing your written offer of financial compensation . I do not agree that you have provided us with enough time to cancel the screening. I have entered into correspondence with you promptly about this in order to find a solution.

Its unfortunate that you now resort to threats to “take appropriate action against the festival “.  Indeed , it seems extraordinary to me that an organisation that  claims to “break down cultural barriers through film “.. to  “ further understanding” and that also states that it does “ not apply any language,cultural,political,religious or any other barriers to our film making practice “ would engage in such a divisive act.

For your information the second screening of SON OF BABYLON is sold out. We estimate the costs of withdrawing the film at

Admissions                          $3,300
Hire of venue                          $400
Replacement film hire          $500
Staffing                                    $250
Total                                      $4,450

These hard costs do not include the distress and potential upset caused to our patrons and the cost of communicating with everyone who has purchased a ticket.

I expect to hear confirmation of your agreement to compensate the festival on these costs before I will reconsider the matter of the second screening of the film.

Regards

Richard Moore

Richard Moore
Executive Director

Melbourne International Film Festival
22 July – 8 August, 2010

http://www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au/

Direct: 61 3 8660 4804
Fax: 61 3 9654 2561

Postal Address: GPO Box 4982, Melbourne VIC 3001 Australia
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Dear Richard,

Thank you for replying to our email. Please be aware Mohamed is currently in Sarajevo promoting the film and our Iraq’s Missing People Campaign.

I am the main producer for SON OF BABYLON, on behalf of the director, myself and our team I really hope that you have respected our wishes and withdrawn the film from your festival, entirely. This isn’t about politics this is about humanity.

To request a withdrawal of our film to a festival is our last wish and we are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to you, your colleagues, your festival and your audiences especially at such short notice. Please know it was only just brought to our attention that your festival was supported by the state of Israel, upon receiving this information,  we acted as promptly as we could.

We have only just last week, taken over the festivals from Roissy Films our sales company and will of course ensure in the future that we check in advance a festival’s sponsors, before accepting an invitation.  Nevertheless I am surprised that Melbourne IFF do not inform filmmakers whom have a Palestinian element/connection to their film that the state of Israel are involved in funding the festival?

The festival was informed in enough time to stop the screening – as I understand you were able to do this in 2009 when Ken Loach withdrew his film on the eve of it’s screening. Therefore if you have knowingly disregarded our wishes and screened the film, we will of course be left with little alternative than to take appropriate action against the festival. We would of course, be very reluctant to do this, but you should not underestimate our resolve to ensure that our film is not associated with the state of Israel as long as it continues it’s illegal crimes against humanity.

Sincerely,
Isabelle Stead

Human Film & Iraq Al-Rafidain

Iraq’s Missing Persons Petition – please sign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/iraqs-missing-campaign

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Son-of-Babylon-bn-bbl/165219640829

http://www.causes.com/iraqsmissing

Isabelle Stead
Human Film

Isabelle@humanfilm.co.uk <http://Isabelle@humanfilm.co.uk>

ADP House, 35 Hanover Square, Leeds, LS3 1BQ, UK, t: +44 (0) 113 243 8880 M+ 44 (0) 7835 378454

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On 26 July 2010 17:02, Mohamed Al-Daradji <mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk <http://mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk> > wrote:

Answer her by no money will pay to them and we drowthe film out

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Richard Moore <moore@melbournefilmfestival.com.au <http://moore@melbournefilmfestival.com.au> >
Date: 26 July 2010 06:54
Subject: SON OF BABYLON

To: mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk <http://mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk>
Cc: Michelle Carey <carey@melbournefilmfestival.com.au <http://carey@melbournefilmfestival.com.au> >, Jess Langley <langley@melbournefilmfestival.com.au <http://langley@melbournefilmfestival.com.au> >, Petrina Dorrington <dorrington@melbournefilmfestival.com.au <http://dorrington@melbournefilmfestival.com.au> >

Dear Mohamed

Michelle Carey our head of programming has forwarded me your email which
arrived many weeks after the festival program has been announced and 3
months after you supplied us with all the technical information about your
film. This document we regard as official confirmation of your acceptance of
our conditions for the festival.

You sent the email on the day of the first screening of the film. I wouldn’t
suggest that your timing intended to cause our festival disruption; however,
I should point out that we have sold tickets to this session and we have an
eager public willing to view it.

You have your political opinions, which clearly I don’t share – lets put
that to one side. To request a withdrawal of the film on the day of the
screening is simply not acceptable and shows a lack of respect for our
organisation . We have worked hard to bring your film here and your
selection meant that other films could not be included in the program. We
are not able to replace the film at short notice and we will screen it
today.

I am prepared to consider other options for the second screening but I will
also need to consider the financial ramifications to our organisation of
having to bring in another film and the inevitable confusion and disruption
this will cause our patrons. Perhaps you will be prepared to offer us some
financial compensation for withdrawing your film.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Regards

Richard Moore

Richard Moore
Executive Director

Melbourne International Film Festival
22 July – 8 August, 2010

http://www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au/

Direct: 61 3 8660 4804
Fax: 61 3 9654 2561

Postal Address: GPO Box 4982, Melbourne VIC 3001 Australia
Street Address: Level 5, 225 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000

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From: Mohamed Al-Daradji <mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk <http://mohamed@humanfilm.co.uk> >
Sender: mohamedaldaradji@googlemail.com <http://mohamedaldaradji@googlemail.com>

Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 18:09:19 +0100

To: Michelle Carey<carey@melbournefilmfestival.com.au <http://carey@melbournefilmfestival.com.au> >
Cc: Isabelle<Isabelle@humanfilm.co.uk <http://Isabelle@humanfilm.co.uk> >; atia
aldraji<atia_alrafdeniraq@yahoo.com <http://atia_alrafdeniraq@yahoo.com> >

Subject: RE: We would like to withdrew our film Son of Babylon from
Melbourne IFF 2010
Dear Michelle,

It has just been brought to our attention that the Melbourne IFF is
supported by the state of Israel.

SON OF BABYLON  is a Palestinian co-production. We the filmmakers are whole
heartily against the Israeli government’s actions against the Palestinian
people and as such cannot screen our film at Melbourne IFF whilst there is
Israeli government support involved.

As human beings we feel duty bound not to support Israel’s aggressive
actions against the people of Palestine, who have been refused basic human
and political rights within an apartheid system, who are subjects to ongoing
military violence by the Israeli state, and let’s not forget the appalling
siege of Gaza which has deprived a besieged population of their basic human
needs such as clean water, food and medicine.

Rest assured we are not against the Israeli people or Israeli filmmakers, we
are against the Israeli government actions against Palestine..

It is therefore from a humanitarian stance that we refuse to have any
association with the state of Israel until they respect the human rights of
the Palestinian people.So we would liek to withdrew  Our film Son of
Babylon.
We will be more than happy to work with you in the future if there no
Israeli government support to your festival.

I am looking forward to hear from you.

Faithfully,
Mohamed Al-Daradji – Director
Isabelle Stead – Producer
Atia Al-Daradji – Producer

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  • 1
    matt.ravier@gmail.com
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure I agree with your decision to make public what is clearly a private exchange, but I do admire Richard Moore’s perseverance in defending the independence of his organization and the agreement the rights holders entered into when confirming the film’s participation.

  • 2
    jacinda.woodhead
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I, for one, am exuberant at the thought that this is Moore’s last year as MIFF director. He has shown a continual disrespect for and misrepresentation of filmmakers — and the festival’s so-called independence. Given the minute amount of money in question here, this was always a political statement demonstrating support for the state of Israel.

    I would like to know why MIFF was awarded Liberty Victoria’s free speech award for Moore’s pro-Israel stance, which I wrote about on Drum recently:
    http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2917243.htm

  • 3
    waky
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Ditto, film makers (or anyone else submitting to any kind of event) should take it upon themselves to make any enquiries re sponsors etc they feel are relevant prior to applying. It is not the responsibility of the organising body – the logical extension of such a policy (ie informing applicants of any potential conflict of views etc) would be far-reaching and totally unwieldy. I would have thought it preferable to have a film seen by as many people as possible, audience members would not assume that the filmmakers “endorse” any venue, whether it be Hoyts, Event, MIFF etc etc

  • 4
    Kevin Herbert
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Moore’s just another Aussie far right-wing supporter of the fascist, apartheid Israeli government….the “Mother Israel can do no wrong” twits.

    There’s dozens of these toads throughout Aussie Jewry, and a growing number of Aussie Jews are already very tired of them.

  • 5
    Blowtorch
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    For me it’s disturbing to read Moore’s intransigence, his proposition that this is “political” and that Israel is not an apartheid state.My personal view is that tagging
    Israel as “apartheid” is too generous and as well, apartheid finally came to an end and in some areas the pendulum has swung the other way. I am going to write some much abbreviated history which I hope will inspire readers to look further. A truly brilliant feature length movie could eventuate! which might combat some of the deception in “Winds of War”. The US supported Germany and later came to aid the allies ( for reasons I will explain later and which goes directly to the creating of Israel in Palestine. . For the Bankers who initiated the war and arranged the assistance for Churchill from USA after years of frustrating Churchill with lies set their sights on the farther horizon of huge profits…Australia itself only just a couple of years ago finished paying its “war debt” to USA. The massive profit was still, only a sideshow, Palestine was the ultimate prize which would be the giant step forward in world domination by the Central Banking system as an established and immovable, New World order. It’s greatest lever was and is, debt. A chilling but fascinating history 250 years old, based in deception surrounds the new, globalised, baronial controlled serfdom.

    There’s a reasoned view that SA’s freedom movement began with the horrors of Mau Mau, which was something I read of most mornings as a child. The assertion that Britain sponsored Mau Mau /Kenyatta whilst pretending to do the opposite has not been satisfactorily resolved. It’s very much ignored that Cecil Rhodes, variously loved hated and despised and certainly a viciously covetous businessman was zionist undercurrent as are his Scholarships. Ari ben Menashe in his “Profits of War” exposed that Israel in South Africa was controlling a programme in which (as was happening in Israel to “undesirables) “poor blacks in Sowheto” were being used in experiments to test war materiel based biological and chemical substances.

    He also exposed the tip of the iceberg of Australian corruption in dealings with Israel, something which thirty years later has been reported in the SMH and Age in references to Julia Gillards “indecent” association. The espionage software which reports on the financial transactions of every Australian to the Australian Government including under Hawke and theresafter, which Mossad agent Menashe reported as an assassination programme (used also to survey indiviudals, their way of life and social grouping habits ) was built around an automatic download to Israel, It was purchased by numerous countries and when the USA realised it, it constructed its own version and it also vets every electronic communication, the billions of them, for “key words” to add to this obsession with ultimate control.

    Quite a few years ago now a book was written by an Australian whose name just eludes me..Andrew?…concerning a site at Frederick Street St Leonards, one I knew well, at which he claimed massive data banks,vastly larger than any perceived use for “telephone exchange” had been built to process data on us all. Now you know why.

    These things I mention for those who like Moore like to purport Israel is a “friendly” government of great integrity which only does what it needs to “defend itself” The evidence is so much to the contrary that only deliberate evasion of the facts even beginning as late as 1914 connected with Khazar based Israel could enable anyone to support Israel. Inside it however live not only vicious bigots but scores of thousands of very decent, very aware, humblingly forgiving jewish people.

    Several of these were recorded in a documentary some years ago saying they neither blamed nor hated Palestinians for their children being killed in bus bombings because the fault lay with the behaviour of their own government in its deadly abuse of Palestinians

    When Ari ben Menashe, who sold the “Promis” software world wide became very guilt ridden over the “tens of thousands” who had been assassinated using the programme and refused as second signatory to sign off a Mossad slush fund cheque his wife and child were assassinated. He doesn’t use the word but his wife and child were in a car hit at an intersection in Germany by a truck , whose driver descended and ran to a parked car awaiting him which drove off rapidly.Draw your own conclusions.

    Having itself directly for political purpose created Hezbollah Israel condemns it and having assassinated Arafat, his driver was an Israeli agent and after, with that agent’s assistance, trying to slur him as a pedophile Hamas was elected. Israel and USA immediately took even faster steps than previously to ensure no peace could eventuate in the region. In reality that has been proven though deception is its twin.

    On that report alone Moore cannot be anything but an Israeli “pet snake”. No intelligent open minded person could not see that the source of funding ought to be disclosed on every film as it goes to credibility and that to not disclose Israeli funding, when Israel has murdered millions of Arabs and dispossessed some 4 million Palestinians that it would be of huge significance. Hussein has been menioned in the background of the film. Let’s look at Israel and Hussein. Ben Menashe exposed that long had Israel pressured USA to invade the middle east simply to kill-off Arabs.he USS Librty conspiracy was meant to excuse USA initiating an invasion in 1967 but the plot went astray, the ship did not sink. all hands were not killed and against McCain’s absolute instructons one survivor later exposed the truth. It was whitewashed.

    Israel’s IDF and Mossad were heavily involved in enraging Hussein through covert actions against Iraq, deep in “his” territory and remember that the Israeli/Australian corruption and illegal trasnsportig of armaments on Australian aircraft (I remeber the exposur of it..quickly hushed up..as a younger man came after Israel had bombed Iraq’s nuclear reactors claiming the goat bearded accusation of “nuclear weapons production”, Israel also organised a well practised move in which in this case an innocent journalist was framed as a spy for which he was hanged…Israel upping the ante on Hussein’s demonisation..and his British Nurse girlfriend sentenced to 20 years jail. is their motto.Unfortunately it is incomplete “By deception we shall wage war on the world” is the reality.

    Israel is an intransigent callous bestial Government which adopts often the “name changing” to deceive even further. For example Netenyau claims he comes from an “of the earth” Hebrew family. His name is variously Milekelowski or Mileikowsky,he was never from Hebrew descent, he is a Khazar reported as Polish or Lithuanian who changed his name to Benzoin ben Nitai according to Wikopaedia in one of its typically establishment lies. His father’s name was not Nathan Netenyahu, but Nathan Mileikowsky,”By deception we shall wage war”

    Whilst numerous instances exist of these devious politicians with histories to hide Ben Gurion and Peres are but two of numerous who play the pea and thimble trick with their names to pretend to be jewish but a very interesting case is Mikelowski’s mouthpiece Mark Regev who is in fact an Australian aboriginie activist named Mark Frieberg. By deception shall we wage war.

    It would astound many to learn that the Balfour document used to mesmerise people into accepting Israel was the initiation by the same Central Bankers which caused WW1 and WW11 to then overcome the US’s firm stand in favour of Germany and join the war with the Allies. The price was Palestine to be given to the Khazars. Any person knowing the history of the Khazars will know they haven’t the slightest claim, even in the hebrew reasoning, to even a square inch of Palestine. WW1 received the promise and WW11 the result. There’s a long history of Hiltler’s Germany and Hilter himself which has been so thoroughly re-arranged that even solid evidence doesn’t even make a dent on people anymore and in that history lies the creation of Israel and the building of its first banking system and its first commerce, which was set in place by the Reich. By deception shall we wage war.

    When Britain, paying the Zionist Bankers the interest on the loan for bringing USA into the war but reduced the amount being handed over to only 53% the khazar Israeli terrorists launched furious attacks on the British troops stationed there and assasinated numerous people. The washington.report in part reminds us or a tiny percentage of Israeli abominations. (http://www.washingtonreport.org/backissues/0196/9601059.html)

    “It was 48 years ago, on Jan. 4, 1948, when Jewish terrorists drove a truck loaded with explosives into the center of the all-Arab city of Jaffa and detonated it, killing 26 and wounding around 100 Palestinian men, women and children.1 The attack was the work of the Irgun Zvai Leumi—the “National Military Organization,” also known by the Hebrew letters Etzel—the largest Jewish terrorist group in Palestine. The Irgun was headed by Revisionist Zionist Menachem Begin and had been killing and maiming Arabs, Britons and even Jews for the previous 10 years in its efforts to establish a Jewish state.

    This terror campaign meant that at the core of Revisionist Zionism there existed a philosophical embrace of violence. It was this legacy of violence that contributed to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Nov. 4, 1995.

    The Irgun was not the only Jewish terrorist group but it was the most active in causing indiscriminate terror in pre-Israel Palestine. Up to the time of the Jaffa attack, its most spectacular feat had been the July 22, 1946 blowing up of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, with the killing of 91 people—41 Arabs, 28 Britons and 17 Jews.2

    The other major Jewish terrorist group operating in Palestine in the 1940s was the Lohamei Herut Israel , “Fighters for the Freedom of Israel,” Lehi in the Hebrew acronym, also known as the Stern Gang after its fanatical founder Avraham Stern. Two of its more spectacular outrages included the assassination of British Colonial Secretary Lord Moyne in Cairo on Nov. 6, 1944, and the assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden in Jerusalem on Sept. 17, 1948. 3

    Both groups collaborated in the massacre at Deir Yassin, in which some 254 Palestinian men, women and children were slain on April 9, 1948. Palestinian survivors were driven like ancient slaves through the streets of Jerusalem by the celebrating terrorists.4

    Yitzhak Shamir was one of the three leaders of Lehi who made the decision to assassinate Moyne and Bernadotte. Both he and Begin later became prime ministers and ruled Israel for a total of 13 years between 1977 and 1992. ”

    Bush and Obama’s chief of staff Rafe Emmanuel whose father was an Israeli terroist named Rafe after an ally terrorist killed and Rafe, an American, served his military service not in USA but in the Israel IDF with US blessing, then rose to the top as the most powerful man in the Whitehouse.

    I have put in this short history of the background to why Moore should have done what he was asked and not screened “Son of Babylon” and enraged the producers so that perhaps some readers who think the Palestinians simply bigots or troublemakers
    might learn something of the facts.

    There is not the slightest reason that Israel should fund the IFF, though it does have $30 to 40 billion donation each year from the US Governent to throw around and there is every reason for its influence and control through any such underwriting to be stopped forthwith and in my view for Moore to be removed at the first opporunity and an historically educated and balanced person replace him who will ensure that no funding will be accepted from ANY place which supports atrocity.

    Unfortunately as long history shows and Rudd and Gillard recently publicly proved during the Gaza atrocities, that also wil include both sides of the Australian Federal government.The influence is deeply embedded in both mainstream parties and whilst Costello and others are earnest supporters of zionism more pertinently the names Danby, Howes and Dadon are three very powerful zionists engaged in control of the ALP.

    I hope the above is interesting enough to point less analytical or historically fascinated people to begin a long and rewarding, however sometimes depressing voyage into learning the reality of and the truth about the facade in which we are permitted to live to distract us from the brutal genocide which has preceded and continues in the establishment of the total domination of our mindset.

    Israel by far exceeds the comparison of “apartheid” for it has no long history of factional fighting as does SA, it is not dealing with poorly educated people, Palestinians were a very advanced people intellectually and socially and in SA you knew what various people in Government believed, ther history and what their names were.

    Israel has never had a jewish PM, all have been Khazars mostly atheists.All have had the terroist mindset and all are feted by “the west”, even the incumbant, Mileikowski who has long been known as a notorious liar , utterly incredible, all have initiated horrors probably most people do not even suspect.

    The art of deception, accept its control or die.

  • 6
    Blowtorch
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    In para 10 I made an error.
    It should read towards its end

    “Israel also organised a well practised move in which in this case an innocent journalist was framed as a spy for which he was hanged…Israel upping the ante on Hussein’s demonisation..and his British Nurse girlfriend sentenced to 20 years jail. “by deception we shall wage war” is their motto.Unfortunately it is incomplete “By deception we shall wage war on the world” is the reality.

    I add that Israel’s Mossad does not only “exterminate” Palestinians it exterminates anyone however “innocent” or “guilty” which gets in its way of exposes it.Two German politicians ( many decades after WW11 and not “Nazis) for example were horribly assassinated , simply for getting in the way….to mention but two. I will not extrapolate on the unavoidable and shocking evidence connected to the attack called “911″ nor the global melt down and only have touched on the 1967 conspiracy.

  • 7
    david
    Posted August 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Why do you allow the extraordinary canards and diatribes of Blowtorch to be splattered on your website? He spews rumour and innuendo that resemble the propaganda-like utterances of organisations like the Citizens Electoral Council, whom we may see ranting on our streets as it is election time once again. Give him some more leeway and he will start quoting the Protocols of The Elders of Zion and other claptrap to fortify his case. Just one counterfact – the first massacres perpetrated by Arabs against Jewish settlers in the area of Palestine predate Deir Yassin by many years, namely the Hebron massacre in 1929. The reference to Khazar Israelis is a racial slur that supposes the Jews to have no rights to the territory that is today Israel, because they are supposedly not indigenous inhabitants of the region. Jerusalem has had a majority of Jewish inhabitants for the last 150 years and for the last 3000 years has always had a significant Jewish population. There are so many other lies and fabrications in Blowtorch’s ravings that I choose not to waste my time on countering all his blind claims and assertions. You won’t find serious affirmations of his statements in the books and journals that dot our libraries. You will however find it on the internet sites where anti-semitic tracts are freely touted, insulated from the racial vilification charges they deserve. You can twist and distort history in your devious manner to concoct a story, but a careful reasoned analysis will ultimately reveal the facts and the truth.

  • 8
    voice of reason
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    You guys just go to prove the world is mad! A bunch of kids on all sides!! Israel is their home, Palestine is their home, they need to grow up, learn to live together. The Jews are entitled to a place on this earth to call home.

    The only reason people are backing the Palestinians is because they are wanting that nice warm feeling at night in their cosy beds thinking they are helping. You know the types, white, European, quite well off backgrounds… If the Palestine were exactly the same but had white ethnicity then none of you would be bothered because helping your own doesn’t give the same warm glow at night. That’s why celebrities ‘buy’ African children (great idea, take them from their own kind and real family, just pay some of your fortunes to the villages to help build schools so all the kids benefit not just the ‘chosen few’).

    Put your money where your mouth is do gooders, get over to Palestine, force them and the Jews to talk, plan, organise, don’t just comment from your cosy, plush, brown leather sofas!!!

    Human Film shows films in America, who do you think gives money to Israel? Hypocrites all round!

  • 9
    camabron
    Posted April 4, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    It’s a shame that a political opinion (valid as it may well be) interferes in the dissemination of the film which at heart carries an anti-war message. If I were representing the film’s interests, I would want it to be shown (especially) among an Israeli audience so they may witness the bleakness of Arab communities and maybe gain some empathy.

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