Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

January 28, 2011

Israeli film maker threatened with death

Filed under: middle east,Uncategorized — louisproyect @ 1:10 am

NY Times January 27, 2011, 5:40 pm

Israeli Journalist Reports Death Threats Over Gaza War Film

By ROBERT MACKEY

Israeli soldiers expressed regrets over their conduct in Gaza in a new documentary.

Nurit Kedar, an Israeli documentary filmmaker, told Channel 4 News of Britain on Thursday that she had received death threats following the broadcast of her latest film, a report on Israeli soldiers who expressed regrets over their own conduct during the war in Gaza two years ago.

The 13-minute documentary, made for Channel 4 News, was posted online on Wednesday. In response, Ms. Kedar said: “I have had phone calls saying, ‘You should be hanged,’ and calling me a traitor. People have sent me messages calling for me to be expelled from Israel, saying I am a traitor to my mother and father.”

The Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday that a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in London had complained about the film. Among the embassy’s objections was the weight Ms. Kedar’s film gave to the use of the word “cleanse,” by a young tank commander she interviewed. The commander said that before his unit went into Gaza, the soldiers were told: “We needed to cleanse the neighborhoods, the buildings, the area. It sounds really terrible to say ‘cleanse,’ but those were the orders.”

According to The Chronicle, the Israeli spokesman said the word was mistranslated, that it was “used by soldiers to describe when they are not under threat during a search, the nearest equivalent being ‘clear.’ ”

Before the film was broadcast, the embassy gave this statement to Channel 4 News:

Unlike much of the region, the open society within Israel allows for all allegations such as these to be aired and investigated. Israel has already authorized over 100 separate investigations into the operation and five broader investigations, and close to 50 criminal investigations are also taking place.

All this in the context of having to respond to over 12,000 missiles raining on our citizens — such an operation could unfortunately never be flawless given these circumstances.

Our judicial process is renowned across the world for its independence. This is a country, after all, which holds even the very top of society to account, as has been proven in recent days. This is Israel in the 21st century, a flourishing democracy, thriving amongst a desert of tyranny in the Middle East.

1 Comment »

  1. Hello,

    Hope are all well. In life we have to betray somebody or something. Some betray their selfishness to dedicate their lives to helping others. Some betray country, or family, or company. Ultimately our actions reflect more than words what we truly stand for. We need courage to do the right thing and wisdom to know the right thing.

    Love,

    John Kaniecki

    Comment by john kaniecki — January 28, 2011 @ 8:01 pm


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