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This review is from: The Promise [DVD] (DVD)
I was horrified by this latest demonisation of Israel on Channel 4. I will be writing to OFCOM to bring to account the management of a TV Channel that in 2008 also thought it appropriate for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to give the Christmas message.
"The Promise" gave a misleadingly partial and sometimes false impression of both the history of Israel and the country today. Its theme was that the Jews deserved their own State because of the Holocaust but that they then very quickly began to behave like their tormentors. Israeli Jews were depicted either as living in California-style houses with swimming-pools or as heartless soldiers who mistreat Arabs and protect the most extreme settlers. Even though this was a drama and not a documentary, many viewers would have taken it as historic fact - particularly in view of the lavish realism of the production - and Channel 4 therefore has an unquestionable obligation to at least attempt to be balanced and accurate.
A number of demonising falsehoods were included, for example that all Arab refugees fled in 1948 because of fear of Jews (the truth is that the Mayor of Haifa begged them to stay and that many were told to flee by their leaders, in anticipation that the massing Arab armies would annihilate the Jews and that they could then swiftly return); that the IDF uses children as `human shields'; and that Israel was created purely because of Western guilt about the Holocaust.
The bias of the series is clear from Director Peter Kosminsky's own article in the Guardian. The researchers interviewed members of the International Solidarity Movement - a group whose antithetical views about Israel are well known - as well as Combatants for Peace and Breaking the Silence, both organisations representing the small minority of dissident soldiers. There is no indication that less extreme organisations were consulted in the making of the series.
While Kosminsky insists that the series included certain events for `balance' and that he based everything on actual incidents, the overall combination, selection and ordering of the events was deliberately anti-Israel and the series clearly set out to demonise Israel.
Summary: Appalling Drivel......
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2011 15:06:46 GMT
Gordon McIntosh says:
Nothing can set out to 'demonise Israel'.... Israel is what it is..... the only apalling drivel is your ridiculous protestations, of which OFCOM will find hilarious!
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2011 15:13:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Feb 2011 15:17:11 GMT
Ash Rosenberg says:
Ah ha - the infamous Jonathan Hoffman whose campaign against the BBC led to Jeremy Bowen being reprimanded because of his alleged bias re his reporting on the Middle East. Jeremy Bowen, one of the finest reporters ever to grace our television screen, a biased reporter?! I think that says it all about you and your odious views, Hoffman!
Anyone who disagrees with Hoffman should send a congratulatory note to Channel 4 for having the guts to air this fantastic programme, and a copy of that should be sent to OFCOM to challenge any obscene campaign that Hoffman feels compelled to launch this time round.
Honestly, Jonathan, have you nothing better to do with your time?!
Posted on 28 Feb 2011 15:16:54 GMT
Johnny, I have just had a look at your other reviews- you seem to be a one trick pony- Israel/Palestine seems to float your boat.
As far as The Promise is concerned we obviously saw two different programmes, I saw entertainment of the highest order, that also informed a wider public about the problems when one nation occupies and dominates another, you on the other hand were just looking for things to complain about to OFCOM. If it was so bad why did you watch it ?
Ther are plenty of biased pro Israel films and books out there - can't you just review them and be happy.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2011 15:53:34 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2011 22:11:45 GMT
Channel 4 will be recieving a congragulatory note from me in due course. Well said.
Posted on 28 Feb 2011 22:29:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Mar 2011 14:35:52 GMT
You were horrified by what you call 'Disgusting Drivel', I would guess that means that you were not horrified by what the Israeli's have and are doing to human beings.
Posted on 1 Mar 2011 10:48:24 GMT
Having lived in Israel for 3 years from the year 2000 in a role where my husband and I could travel freely to the west bank (Palestine). We arrived in Israel very pro Israel but it didn't take long for us to realize the plight of the Palestinians and the hatred they are up against. At last The Promise has put the record straight. For those that live in cosy Israel turning a blind eye to what havoc, persecution and destruction the Israeli army cause in Palestine. We have witnessed this prejudice first hand. It is true and not anti-Israel propaganda - at last the truth is out. There is nothing false about this fiction it is just what we experienced and witnessed with our own eyes. The weapon of 'anti-semitic' is sadly used all too often to hide the truth of what is really happening.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2011 14:46:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Mar 2011 14:47:43 GMT
Everyone knows Jonthan Hoffman is vice-chair of the Zionist Federation in the UK, and as such is essentially paid to write such rot yes? Just checking.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2011 14:51:37 GMT
Jonathan Hoffman says:
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2011 15:12:03 GMT
Luca Xun says:
well said!! i completely agree and have had a similar experience to you. i went as a naive tourist and came back understanding what oppression is!