THE FILM ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE ~~ RACHEL

 

Israel and its watchdogs have been on special alert regarding criticisms coming from Jews and Jewish organisations. It’s almost as if they want the world at large to believe that all Jews stand behind them and support their policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Anyone who is a regular reader of this Blog knows that nothing is further from the truth.

The latest uproar is about a film called Rachel…. a film by Simone Bitton about the death of Rachel Corrie. Ms. Bitton is not only Jewish, she is also an Israeli! That’s way too much for the zionists to swallow… so the campaign to boycott the film has started….

Better to BOYCOTT ISRAEL!

Below you will find some interesting information about the film and the efforts to keep it from the public eye….

The following is from an entry on Daily Kos

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the largest Jewish Film festival in the world, will screen many films this year, many with discussion with filmmakers and others featured in the film. Some of these films will be controversial, there will be all sorts of issues explored.

None has generated more controversy than the film “Rachel”, a film by Jewish-Israeli filmmaker Simone Bitton about the death of Rachel Corrie, the young woman killed by an Israeli-military bulldozer as she was protecting homes in the Rafah, Gaza. At the request of the filmmaker, they have invited Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s mother to speak. Big time controversy and condemnation by a weekly Jewish magazine and even from the local Israel Consul General.

Cindy Corrie has publicly advocated for ensuring “justice, freedom, security and economic viability for both Israelis and Palestinians.”

Israel Consul General protests the presence of Cindy Corrie:

“The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival made a serious error in judgment in inviting Mrs. Corrie to the festival,” Israel Consul General Akiva Tor said via e-mail. “She is a propagandist who is immune from responsibility for the causes she supports because it was her daughter, Rachel, who was accidentally killed.

“So her staged presence becomes a kind of emotional grandstanding, rather than pursuit of a deeper insight.”

Propagandist? The Consul General has been busy supporting policies of expanding settlements in the West Bank, supporting the war on Gaza, supporting a brutal blockade, and now will be supporting a policy of muzzling Palestinians, and Jewish Israelis, who dare to commemorate the Nakba of 1948. The Foreign Minister, his boss, is seen by many (even Israeli diplomats) as extreme as fascist Haider of Austria… and this man is calling Cindy Corrie a “propagandist”?  Cindy Corrie who wants justice, freedom, security and economic viability for both Israelis and Palestinians?

I think its a way of saying there is a point of view that the Consul General finds might disturb the status quo. Change might happen. Scary. Also a way to challenge the official narrative. “accidental” he says? That’s the official line. Not so fast. Maybe not an accident. as perhaps the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the war on Gaza of December/January is perhaps not an accident, or the continuing blockade that brings hunger to the people of Gaza is not an accident.  Perhaps the latter atrocity is nothing more than a joke among its designers.

Jewish Voice for Peace, a national group based in the Bay Area, is one of the groups co-sponsoring this film, and they are to be commended for their courage, as well as the festival organizers. Compare this to the sometimes successful effort to not allow the staging of the play: “My Name is Rachel Corrie” at several theaters around the country (which helped tremendously, no doubt, with publicity and its success where it was produced).

Here is how Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for Peace responds to J Weekly’s editorial opposing the presence of Cindy Corrie.

There’s something so deeply, deeply depressing about the attack against Cindy Corrie by J Weekly, the Bay Area’s Jewish newspaper. True, it’s just one of countless examples of the moral malaise that plagues the institutional Jewish world when it comes to Palestinians, but on this day, this day when I am fresh back from Gaza, from Hebron, from Silwan, it has gotten to me.

I’m not sure which is worse- the possibility that the J’s editorial writer actually believes the morally groundless drivel he or she is writing? Or the possibility that they know full well that the moral outrage that is the Israeli treatment of Gazans is an affront to all Jews and feeling people, but that they care more about keeping advertisers happy.

Change is happening, both in the Jewish Community and the wider community, and the keepers of the status quo cannot shut it down. that’s not to say they are not trying. This should be seen in the wider context. In Israel, beyond the attempt to erase “Nakba” from the history books, (see assaf’s diary)there is also the arrest and detention of Jewish groups who desire a different future for Israel, not based on militarism and oppression. The government must resort to repression not just of Palestinians, which is widely-accepted Israeli tradition, but now even Jewish dissidents. It is the criminalization of dissent, by any means necessary.

It won’t work. Arrests will not work. Personal attacks will not work. Like the ones that will accumulate below, more likely than not, some based purely on the idea that most of my diaries deal with oppression of Palestinian rights… what if i were focusing on the Health Care debate… would there be this wild accusations without basis if i was consistently unfriendly to insurance company policies? Is there some mathematical formula to determine one’s “acceptable” criticism of Israel? It really is nothing less than a lame attempt to avoid dealing with substance, and diverting people’s attention.

This movement to demand justice in the Middle East is already too large, too diverse for that to work. They will call Rachel and her mother “terrorist sympathizers” who have no business going to Gaza. Like they say that Ezra Nawi has no business protect homes in the West Bank. Like others said that Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner had no business going to Mississippi to support the movement for justice there. Or like others said that Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan had no business in El Salvador.

It is our business to share in the struggle for human rights and peace.

Rachel will be shown on Saturday, July 25th, 1:30 pm at the beautiful Castro Theater in San Francisco. Cindy Corrie Will be there.


Here is the Statement from the organisors of the San Francisco Film Festival….on why they are screening Rachel


 

Why San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is showing Rachel, a film by Simone Bitton about

Rachel Corrie, and inviting Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie’s mother, to the Festival:

1. The film Rachel is directed by veteran filmmaker Simone Bitton, a dual citizen of Israel and

France. The documentary takes an unflinching look at the controversy surrounding the death of

an American activist who was protesting Israeli military actions in Gaza. In the film, Bitton,

through interviews with eyewitnesses, Israeli soldiers and spokespeople, and others close to the

tragedy, exposes new information about the incident which we believe makes for very

worthwhile viewing, from both a journalistic and an aesthetic perspective. The film has already

played in such prestigious festivals as the Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film

Festival (New York).

2. The film Rachel includes the viewpoints of people with a variety of opinions on the events

which led to Ms. Corrie’s death. It includes interviews with Israeli army spokeswoman Avital

Leibovitch, as well as doctors, activists, soldiers, Israeli and Palestinian civilians, and Rachel

Corrie’s parents. The film also includes military video from the Israeli army.

3. As with all the films we show at SFJFF, we are presenting the views of the filmmakers and

their subjects in what we hope is an atmosphere that encourages free expression and public

debate. We regret that the filmmaker of Rachel could not be present to discuss the film

personally, although we invited her to be here. Cindy Corrie, Rachel Corrie’s mother, is a subject

of the documentary, and it is customary (and even expected by audiences) for documentary

subjects to participate in Festival screenings. This kind of exchange has occurred throughout our

Festival’s long history, and Cindy Corrie herself has addressed audiences at the Tribeca Film

Festival, presentations in New York theaters, and other cultural forums. We wish to provide our

audiences with the same opportunity. Her appearance at SFJFF is not intended to provide a

political platform but rather to deepen the dialogue around the film. Cindy Corrie has publicly

advocated for ensuring “justice, freedom, security and economic viability for both Israelis and

Palestinians.” We think it will be an illuminating conversation.

4. We are presenting the film as part of a wider series on social justice and activism, and want

our audience to have the benefit of a direct encounter with those who can help them

understand Rachel Corrie’s motivations ‐ even if they don’ agree with them ‐ from a very

personal standpoint. The filmmaker considers herself a film essayist rather than a reporter and

desires the film to be viewed as an artistic statement as well as an investigation.

5. SFJFF’ commitment to Israeli filmmakers and cinema is steadfast. We are proud that this

year we are showcasing 37 individual films from or connected to Israel –comedies, dramas,

documentaries, animation and shorts –which together form a very vibrant portrait of the

country and its complexity. Other political affairs documentaries besides Rachel include Gilad

Shalit: 2 Years in Captivity, a portrait of Gilad Shalit, the soldier captured by Hamas; and

Chronicle of a Kidnap, a portrait of Karnit Goldwasser, the widow of Ehud Goldwasser, an Israeli

soldier who was one of many victims of the Lebanon war.

6. The SFJFF supports the democratic exchange of ideas that great filmmaking provides. We

believe that the best artists, including documentary filmmakers, create work that makes us think

and sparks a dialogue both within the Jewish community and the greater community of the Bay

Area. We do not expect that the views of every film or speaker will be embraced by all of our

audiences, nor can every film represent the diverse views of SFJFF staff, board, members or

sponsors. We unanimously embrace the tradition of spirited debate that is a core element of

Jewish inquiry, and strive to provide a welcoming forum for the discussion of different

perspectives.

11 Comments

  1. July 25, 2009 at 09:44

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  2. George Wanker Bush said,

    July 25, 2009 at 18:36

    They turned on Germany.
    They will turn on the US.
    Never trust a Zionist!

  3. Hondo said,

    July 25, 2009 at 19:03

    Rachel Corrie is a saint;I’m shocked nobody ever seemed to notice that that were, is the case.Do I need to explain why? Those who are intelligent will have understood and those who aren’t never will.

  4. D Christie said,

    July 25, 2009 at 19:14

    This is excellent.

    Unfortunately, the only thing Zionist Terrorists understand is fear and intimidation…not justice and truth.

    I hope they have made proper provision for the threats and attacks that are sure to come from Judeo-fascist thugs calling themselves “Jews” and “Christians”.

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  7. Fighting Fascism when? said,

    July 26, 2009 at 00:04

    I read about the boy who has been incarcerated in Gitmo since his 12 year of age. America’s concentration camp running community will never release him even so a judge already ruled that this guy is innocent. America can’t release people who have been tortured by it, because those would testify abroad and make it clear to everybody that US is the continuation of the 3. Reich.

    My wish the Nobel Price committee should award the peace Nobel price to all inmates in Gitmo, Abu Gharib and Bagram.

    America is evil and a danger for all of us.

  8. Ordnung said,

    July 26, 2009 at 03:11

    Is there a schedule of it sshowing?

  9. July 26, 2009 at 08:24

    We reported on Rachel’s murder in Molokai Advertiser-News [see http://www.MolokaiAdvertiserNews.com ], and we would really appreciate a copy of this film Rachel, a film by Simone Bitton. Where can I obtain a copy in DVD ?
    email reply please MolokaiMAN@basicisp.net

    aloha,

    George Peabody editor for The MAN since 1984 http://www.MolokaiAdvertiserNews.com

    Please send me a copy of the film.

  10. Bobby said,

    July 26, 2009 at 20:09

    Most Americans are nothing but political clowns. What’s a political clown? A person who hasn’t the slightest clue about the goings on, often right in the open, of all the people trying to bring down that Americans country. We have to make a decision here as Americans, do we not? We either act as if this is our nation and it feeds us and we need to take care of it, or we accept the elites version of America is being nothing more than an “Economic Zone” for every and anyone in the world to cross its borders and exploit. A place where crooks, theives, and every type of scoundrel can come to and exploit. Make up your mind folks. Get your heads out of the San Francisco Clouds, and decide what fate your nation will have. A word to the wise is sufficient.

  11. July 29, 2009 at 12:23

    [...] The Film Israel Does Not Want You to See…Rachel Posted on July 29, 2009 by Boulderdash Israel and its watchdogs have been on special alert regarding criticisms coming from Jews and Jewish organisations. It’s almost as if they want the world at large to believe that all Jews stand behind them and support their policies of genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid. Anyone who is a regular reader of this Blog knows that nothing is further from the truth. The latest uproar is about a film called Rachel…. a film by Simone Bitton about the death of Rachel Corrie. Ms. Bitton is not only Jewish, she is also an Israeli! That’s way too much for the zionists to swallow… so the campaign to boycott the film has started…. Better to BOYCOTT ISRAEL! Below you will find some interesting information about the film and the efforts to keep it from the public eye…. More here [...]


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