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To Be Or Not To Be: Screening “Jenin, Jenin” at Tel Aviv University

The highly controversial film Jenin, Jenin, directed by Palestinian, Mohammad Bakri is being screened at the Tel Aviv University branch of Hadash, this coming Wednesday. Well needless to say many TAU students are vehemently opposed, including the on campus organization, ‘Im Tirtzu’.

Im Tirtzu’s Director-General Amit Barak said:

“As is known, a group of reservists who fought in Jenin and buried their comrades at the end of the fighting filed a civil suit against Bakri for his fallacious film, which slanders and accuses IDF soldiers of executing a massacre and war crimes in Jenin. It has been brought to our attention that Hadash activists plan on screening the film and its fraudulent blood libel as part of an evening of incitement and slander against the State of Israel.”

Students involved with Im Tirtzu wrote a letter to Tel Aviv University President Professor Yosef Klafter:

“We, as students and as a state, must not fall victim to the deceptions and lies of cheaters, in the likes of Mohammad Bakri. The revered principle of freedom of speech has nothing to do with the freedom Bakri took for himself to incite, to make false accusations of blood libels, and to sully IDF soldiers.”

Tel Aviv University issued a response that read:

“We are screening the film. We are acting in accordance with the High Court decision that has authorized the screening of Jenin, Jenin.”

Recently Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decided against issuing an indictment for slander against the film’s director. However, Mazuz insisted that he supports the soldiers in their civil suit against Bakri.

Jenin, Jenin, is a 54-minute documentary (featured in its entirety below). It was originally featured at the International Documentary Film festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam, in 2002. Bakri says that the film is about “human suffering as such – about a wounded soul, a demolished home, a felled tree, a picked flower, a broken heart.”

His previous documentary, “1948”, recorded testimonies of the Palestinian collective memory. This one documents the “atrocities” in April 2000, by the IDF in a Jenin refugee camp.

God and I – The Movie

Channel 8 is one of the best channels available on the Israeli cable network HOT. The channel airs mostly documentaries, science shows, history and culture-related films, and the like.

Now, Flix is an Israeli social network revolving around videos — sort of like the Israeli version of YouTube.

This morning I learned that Flix and Channel 8 are joining forces in order to create the first Israeli communal documentary. The subject: My relationship with God.

How is it done? Very simple. Flix users are invited to upload video clips in which they talk about God, and about “What God means for me”. It doesn’t have to be a short speech. You can sing, dance, or film anything that is related to the subject. And if you don’t have a webcam, then you email Flix and their crew might even come to film you at home.

Obviously not all submissions will make it to the final cut. This depends on the director and the editors. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful chance to share with the world your view on God.

The result will air on Channel 8, and will also be sent to film festivals around the world. And although this isn’t an original idea, I have to say it is very intriguing, and I’d love to watch the movie when it is ready.

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