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Michael Moore Aids ‘Five Broken Cameras’ Director

Controversial filmmaker Emad Burnat was detained at LAX

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Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat, who co-directed the Oscar-nominated film Five Broken Cameras with Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, ran into some trouble at Los Angeles International Airport this morning. As he sought to enter the country in order to attend the Oscars, he was detained by immigration and questioned for a period of time. This is when Michael Moore stepped in.

According to Moore’s Twitter feed, Burnat texted Moore for assistance in entering the country and showed immigration officers his official Academy Awards invitation. Still, they were not convinced Burnat was an Oscar nominee.

Moore said he called Academy Awards officials, the officials called lawyers and the lawyers contacted immigration officials to confirm Emad’s invitation to the Oscars. Moore also tweeted that he told Burnat to “give the officers my phone # and to say my name a couple of times.”

“After 1.5 hrs, they decided to release him & his family & told him he could stay in LA for the week & go to the Oscars. Welcome to America,” Moore tweeted.

Five Broken Cameras documents the attempts by Palestinians to protest settlement construction in the West Bank. Like many of Moore’s films, Five Broken Cameras, which chronicles a very real problem, has its share of detractors who call the film’s balance into question. Burnat has released a statement recounting the incident and concluding:

Although this was an unpleasant experience, this is a daily occurrence for Palestinians, every single day, throughout he [sic] West Bank. There are more than 500 Israeli checkpoints, roadblocks, and other barriers to movement across our land, and not a single one of us has been spared the experience that my family and I experienced yesterday. Ours was a very minor example of what my people face every day.

Of course, it seems worth nothing that checkpoints exist both in American airports and at Israeli borders because of terrorism.

We’ll see how Burnat does on Sunday night.

Michael Moore intervenes to help Palestinian filmmaker attend Academy Awards [JTA]

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Jack Arnon says:

“We’ll see how Burnat does on Sunday night.”

Need you ask? It will probably get an Oscar.

As for Moore he is usual antisemitic self which means that he’ll get the support of leftist antisemites..

herbcaen says:

maybe a UN resolution is in order to stop checkpoints in US airports. After all, the US has already given up sovereignty to the UN and carrying bombs thru airports is culturally sanctioned and thus sacred

brynababy says:

I saw the film and it is grossly out of context nor does it show any of the results of terrorism on Israelis. It doesn’t show the results of the rocks and burning tires these “peaceful” Palestinians attack the IDF soldiers wit lost eyes, concussions, etc. There were no checkpoints until suicide terrorists began blowing up Israeli buses, hotels, cafes, etc. The film-maker is good at playing the victim even though his home looks very nice, his adorable children look healthy, well-fed and beautifully clothed. Give me a break!!

    Reptilian2012 says:

    I never understood the fuss around checkpoints. How on earth does a wall that isolates the citizens of a nation from non-citizens constitutes a violation of human rights? Following the same logic, the US is violating the human rights of illegal aliens from Mexico by making it harder for them to cross the border.

      Binyamin says:

      Can American whites freely cross the border into Mexico and establish white-only settlements there? And if some pesky Mexicans should protest, does the U.S. Army (permanently occupying Mexican territory) then cut them down with automatic weapons fire?

      The wall doesn’t keep out the 30,000 Arab laborers from the West Bank inside Israel on any given day doing Israel’s shit-work jobs that no self-respecting boychik wants to do.

      The wall has nothing to do with suicide bombers. (Have you noticed there haven’t been any in a decade? If just a hundredth of those laborers put explosives in their backpacks instead of a change of clothes, your cities would be awash in blood.)

      The wall is there, like all Israeli military actions in the territories, to crush the Palestinian will to resist the occupation.

        Reptilian2012 says:

        Another “humanitarian” who cares so much about Israel ,and so little about the billions of genuinely oppressed people who don’t happen to share a border with the Jewish state.

        Occupation is a legal term that applies to situations where a nation enforces its sovereignty within the borders of another nation. It cannot be used to describe the way a nation deals with a fanatic group of people denied entry back to their home, Jordan, by their fellow Muslims.

        Here you are Mohammed, with your pipe-dreams of gas chambers and cities awash in blood, preaching about the human rights of suicide bombers on a Jewish lifestyle magazine. I wish you best of luck becoming a part of civilized society.

          Binyamin says:

          I don’t care about the Palestinians or the Israelis. I care about my country, the USA. We should not be sanctioning the occupation and subjugation of the Palestinians. You are right that Israel is not the worst human rights violator on the planet, but it’s the only one my government gives guns to.

          I read your racist screed on the JPost website. I’ll say this. I agree with you the “Soviet scum pretending to be Jews,” as you call Israel’s Russian-speaking minority, should be ethnically cleansed, starting with Lieberman.

          Reptilian2012 says:

          What subjugation? They rule themselves. It’s not Israel’s fault that Abbas won’t hold a general election, nor is it Israel’s fault that Hamas is one of the most brutal Islamist regimes on the face of this planet. Both have been democratically elected by their constituents, with overwhelming support.

          Besides providing loans to Israel, your government funds Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Gaza, Liberia and Somalia. Israel funnels 75 percent of the monies back into the U.S private sector, and provides a free mop up service: Saddam’s reactor, Assad’s reactor, and soon Iran’s

          Finally, I have never uttered the words “Soviet scum pretending to be Jews”, because I am not Southerner obsessed with the “red enemy”. Good on you for shouting racist while openly calling for ethnic cleansing, though, it makes my job a lot easier.

          Binyamin says:

          Here’s what you said: “By blonde haired converts, I presume you mean the Ukrainians who were brought here in the 90s under the pretense of aliyah.”

          I embellished a little. But not much. Do you consider the Mizrahim to be Jewish or were they too brought to Israel under the “pretense” of aliyah?

          You’re right the U.S. should not be giving aid to the countries you listed, with the exception of Liberia. Giving money to Pakistan is truly insane. Their nuclear capacity is not speculative.

          The Gazans rule themselves? Yeah, the same way they did in the Warsaw ghetto.

          Reptilian2012 says:

          Here’s what you said: “Israel’s Russian-speaking minority, should be ethnically cleansed, starting with Lieberman.” Keep dreaming.

          first said you did not care about the Palestinians are the Israelis then you go on to say that Israel should end the occupation. So why would you care about that how do the Israel come to control of the west bank by defeating Jordan in their war of aggression. when you start a war and lose it there is a price to pay to ask the Germans and the Japanese PS you really wish Israel to give the land back to Jordan

        brynababy says:

        You jerk! Of course there have no terrorist attacks since the wall is up. That is what has kept the terrorists out!! Get it!!

    “I saw the film and it is grossly out of context…” So of course Michael Moore is a big fan.

I also saw the film – on Israeli TV – and it is a powerful and moving testimony. Mr Burnat is telling his story as he sees it and that is his right, he is not obliged to tell the settlers side of the story. The film is also a statement in support of non-violence and deserves to be embraced by opponents of terrorism.
No doubt anti-semites will take a ride on this film, but that does not mean it should not have been made.
Note that the Israeli High Court also agreed that the fence needed to be moved near Bil’in.

    I hadn’t realized that throwing rocks is now considered non-violent. I’m sure that the remaining family members of the father and 2 small children killed after a rock smashed their windshield would disagree with you. Also, the film is what is called propaganda. Documentaries make some kind of an effort to tell the other side of the story.

    Reptilian2012 says:

    Did you see the movie “Thousands of Blown Up Israeli Body Parts” by Alex Boston?

franny s.n. says:

agree with jonathan. emad tells the story of his people, this is not
meant to tell both sides. incidentally, there are many israelis and
other non-palestinians seen aiding those in bil’in in the film. as for
rock throwing, emad was filming what he saw, HE is not throwing rocks.
in fact there is a moment in the film where he or someone else, another
peaceful activist, is heard chastising another palestinian for throwing
rocks. also, plenty of israeli soldiers throwing rocks.

adam chandler, why put the word “controversial” in the headline? what is
controversial about emad burnat? that he is palestinian? for shame.


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