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Friday, August 16, 2019 

A Jordanian-set movie ceases production over refusal to accept Jewish history

I don't know if the following canceled movie is Jordanian-made per se, though it does appear to be produced by Arabic sources. And the Jordanian government put the kibosh on it altogether because it contained what they considered the wrong elements:
A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set in an ancient Jordanian city has stirred widespread outrage over the film's portrayal of historical Jewish ties to Jordan, shining a light on the tenuous peace with neighboring Israel and prompting the government to suspend the movie's production.

Based on a book of the same name, the movie, "Jaber," follows a Jordanian boy who uncovers a stone in the rose-colored, rock-hewn city of Petra with a Hebrew inscription on it. He sets off to sell it to the highest bidder, but interested parties in Israel catch wind of the find, dispatching a Russian organized crime group to pursue the boy and retrieve the stone at any cost.

Opponents of the film say merely discussing a historical Jewish presence in Jordan could open the door to Israeli territorial claims to the Hashemite Kingdom. They point to Israel's claims over the West Bank and east Jerusalem — war-won territories sought by the Palestinians — which Israel says are rooted in millennia-old Jewish ties, backed up by archaeological finds.

[...] The movie was set to begin filming this month when actors began dropping out over the script and taking to social media to air their criticisms, sparking a public outcry. Seizing on the wave of public opinion against the movie, the government demanded that the director, Muhyiedeen Qandour, halt filming until an official commission studies the script and delivers recommendations on it. It is unclear how long that may take.
It could probably be called a "moral panic" except there's nothing moral in their belief system at all. What's telling about the film is that, despite the elements that made the Jordanians object, there's still elements of anti-semitism involved, like how a Russian syndicate's hired to pursue the boy who finds the artifact, instead of just taking the role of highest bidder, which he seeks. Which makes it one of those locally produced forms of propaganda. Just plain grotesque of them. This is definitely not something worth paying tickets for, if it ever shows up in theaters.

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Jonathan S. Tobin [Editor in Chief of
JNS dot org, Jewish News Syndicate] said:

“... [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortes, [Ilhan] Omar,
[Rashida] Tlaib, and others making egregious
comparisons of Israel with Nazi Germany
are still being treated as the “future of the
Democratic party” — in the words of the
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez...”

A blow to BDS in the House
by Jonathan S. Tobin, 2019/7/24

Rabbi Harry Maryles said:

“These four freshmen congresswomen have been
granted far more attention, influence, and power
than any other first-term congressmen in US history!”

SOURCE: A Word to My Readers
by Harry Maryles, 2019 July 17

Melanie Phillips said:

“Yet the Democratic Party, which still attracts
unquestioning support from some three-quarters
of Jewish voters, has failed to discipline these women
[Ilhan Omar (Democrat-Minnesota),
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat-New York),
Rashida Tlaib (Democrat-Michigan)
and Ayanna Pressley (Democrat-Massachusetts)]
— not just for their Jew-baiting, but also for their
deep-dyed anti-Americanism and anti-White racism.”

SOURCE: In Trump vs. 'the Squad,'
American Jews have picked the wrong target

by Melanie Phillips, 2019/7/18

The most senior Democrat in the USA government,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has also condemned
“[Ilhan] Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial
accusations about Israel’s supporters” as “deeply offensive.”

SOURCE: Ilhan Omar’s Pro-BDS Resolution
Isn’t About Free Speech — It’s About Hating
Israel and Jews
by Adelle Nazarian, 2019/7/19

Ilhan Omar’s Contempt for the Law:
trespassing, multiple traffic violations,
– and she “married” her brother:


USA President Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump tweeted this message:

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed
Representative Omar and Representative Tlaib
to visit [Israel]. They hate Israel & all Jewish people,
& there is nothing that can be said or done to
change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan
will have a hard time putting them back in office.
They are a disgrace!”


SOURCE: Storm of Controversy
Erupts Over Israeli Decision Barring Entry to
BDS-Supporting Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar

by Benjamin Kerstein, 2019 August 15

Veteran News Reporter Matti Friedman said:

“The big players in the news business practice groupthink…”

“Many of the people deciding what you
will read and see from here [Israel] view
their role not as explanatory but as political.

Coverage is a weapon to be placed
at the disposal of the side they like.”

SOURCE: An Insider’s Guide
to the Most Important Story on Earth

by Matti Friedman, 2014/8/26, Tablet Magazine

This article exposes intentional
anti-Israel bias in the news media.
It is still VERY relevant,
even though it was written in 2014.

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