Pro-Palestinian Turkish Movie in Cairo; Israel Protest

22.04.11 – 17:47

Cairo – C. Martin White/PNN – The Turkish film, which has been labelled as anti-israeli, will be screened this Saturday in Cairo under the auspices of the Turkish ambassador, Ynet.news reports.

According to this news outlet, the special screening was set for a date ahead of the March of the Living on May 2, a march marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The Turkish action movie is based on the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip. In particular, depicts the interception of the Mavi Marmara by the Israeli Forces, where nine turkish passengers were shot dead.

Although the movie is conceived in a Rambo-stlyle vein with explicit violence and bloody scenes, most critics focuse not on its artistic quality but on its content which is seen as anti-israeli.

“It is like a Turkish version of a Rambo or Chuck Norris action movie. They too were widely criticised for their chauvinistic depiction of America´s enemies, in those days communist Vietnam” said BBC´s Jonathan Head.

The film portrays the action hero Polat Alemdar entering Israel to seek revenge in a mission that aims to kill the commander who masterminded the flotilla raid.

“Valley of Wolves: Palestine” has stirred controversy within Israel for its anti-semitic approach that some regard as simplistic.

Scriptwriter of the movie, Bahadir Ozdener, told to the turkish daily newspaper Vatan: “What we do is ficton…But what about what they do, their crimes againts humanity? They are real”

On September last year, the UN´s  Human Rights Council fact-finding mission concluded that the conduct of the Israeli military was disproportionate and demonstrated levels of  totally unnecessary and incredible violence.

According to the UN´s Mission it betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality. “ Such conduct cannot be justified or condoned on security or any other grounds. It constituted a grave violation  of human rights law and international humanitarian law” they reported.

The UN´s Human Rights Council report can be read here:
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/15session/A.HRC.15.21_en.pdf

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