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While well done, this movie is very biased and uses partial facts to create the theme (i.e. questioning the right of a Jewish state). Surely, wars are horrible and do include atrocities, but to portray the Arabs as the saints in this conflict is a complete misrepresentation. The 1948 period is shown with Jewish atrocities only. However, most atrocities were committed by the Arabs, but none are shown. Even today's suicide bomber was shown with much compassion (wonderful family etc.). Yes, all Palestinians in this movie were good, gentle people, almost saintly. The Jews, on the other hand, were portrayed as evil in 1948 and more so today. BTW, one big difference between Israeli terror and Palestinian is that the Irgun warned the King David hotel about the bombing one hour before it happened. Palestinian suicide bombers never do. Having said that, I am honestly .disgusted by the Jewish settlers and their behavior.
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Posted on 27 Aug 2012 12:09:39 BDT
So most atrocities were perpetrated by the Arabs aye?? What history books are you reading?? History is written by the victors, in your case the Zionist Israeli's aided by the Americans. I had one uncle who helped liberate a concentration camp and then his younger brother was killed in the King David Hotel terrorism. With a name like 'Kaufman' it is obvious where your loyalties lie, but dont keep perpetuating the lies by demonising the Palestinians who were trying to protect their homes and families who now live under Israeli occupation and thuggery, and are STILL losing their homes/business and lives without compensation all for the "protection" of Israel, and its mostly oblivious and disinterested western citizens. You are NOT special, are NOT the chosen people, and guilty of ethnic cleansing on a massive scale, if not by deed then by ignorance.
If the Italians started to invade the British Isles on the pretext that it is their land and and part of the Roman Empire they were forced to leave in the 3rd Century AD we would fight to protect our homes and families. This is no different to what the Israelis did in 1948. Its strange how when you go to Israel many of them speak with American/Australian or European accents. Who are the indiginous peoples in Israel? Certainly not enough Jews to justify the ethnic cleansing and terrorism that is perpetrated in the name of the Jewish people. There are some wonderful Jewish people, I have met them, and they are aghast at the terrible consequences of the actions of the Zionists in their names.
Posted on 22 Sep 2012 15:19:33 BDT
Amy Miller says:
The warning was five minutes actually. And what about the attacks where warnings weren't given? Besides, since when did warnings absolve someone of responsibility. Imagine the court cases if someone could get off by saying that they shot the victim but they had warned him they were going to so it's acceptable. It's ridiculous.
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 01:36:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Oct 2012 01:55:21 BDT
The Promise [DVD]Biased: so what? A drama can be. Shaw was biased; Shakespeare was biased. A drama is not a documentary or a history lesson but a made-up story. Yes, it can be based on some real-life situation but people should be intelligent enough to see that for it to succeed, the story, not the facts, has to be paramount. Of course, you may use it as a starting point to research the actual history, but not as a substitute for research. And I would question the "Jews evil, Arabs good" viewpoint. The characters are much more complex than that; Len's Jewish girlfriend is possibly the most three-dimensional character in the whole piece. But one of the themes is the ordinary people caught up in the conflict, whether it is the Arab family Len befriends or the Jewish family whose house is blown up by the British because it was occupied by the Irgun.
I showed the first episode to my son, who spent a year in Israel, and he had one nit pick. When Eliza reports for National Service, she is wearing a neatly-pressed uniform. He assured me that the IDF didn't go in for that sort of smartness!
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