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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Gibson to film Jewish 'western' - the Chanukah story

According to the BBC, Mel Gibson "looks set to provoke further antipathy among the Jewish community with plans to make a film about the story behind the festival of Hanukkah."
"The Maccabees' family stood up and made war," said Gibson, speaking on a US chat show last week. "They stuck by their guns and they came out winning. It's like a Western."
The same article mentions that Arafat saw Gibson's movie, The Passion, on Saturday and found it "moving and historical." (Apparently no one asked him why there were no Palestinians in the movie.)

Finally, if anyone's curious, The Passion is a blockbuster among Arab Muslims and Christians in the Middle East: "The film has drawn large and enthusiastic crowds in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon."
A Jordanian Muslim woman says she was moved to tears when she saw the movie at an Amman theater. She says the movie "unmasked the Jews' lies."
In Kuwait, Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Mohri demanded that his country lift its ban on the movie, saying "We demand the Information Ministry to allow the film 'The Passion of The Christ', peace be upon Him, to expose the role of the Jews, the killers of prophets."

This same (Reuters) article has Arafat saying that the film is not antisemitic.