Emad Burnat is flavor of the moment in Hollywood!

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Great video of a photographer apologizing to Emad Burnat, co-director of “5 Broken Cameras,” for his detention at LAX as he and his wife and son and Michael Moore drive off in a KIA, apparently from a Vanity Fair Oscars party. “We’re glad you’re here,” folks call out. And Burnat was on MSNBC today with Andrea Mitchell, who called the documentary of the occupation in Bil’in “gripping.” After Burnat described the oppression of Palestinian children, Mitchell said warily, “Well it’s an unusual voice, and we all congratulate you on your nomination.” An unusual voice– getting more familiar to Americans every day.

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  1. American
    February 22, 2013, 5:03 pm

    Mitchel’s remark was unusual..if it had been about Israeli children I expect she would have a bit less dismissive.

    • Citizen
      February 22, 2013, 6:04 pm

      @ American
      She’s such an obvious Zionist uber alles it’s ridiculous. That she can get away with it shows how ignorant the American public is–I won’t say stupid because you need information and our mainstream press, which’s she’s part of, never gives it to us when it comes to the Israel-Palestinians situation and US enablement of it.

      This also goes to citizen responsibility to undercover truth, especially when we now have the internet, but no country’s average citizens have to date done anything with the data available, except for the Arab spring, which is basically about formerly US enabled despot Arab regimes which have bilked Main Street for the 1% in places like Egypt or US.

      • ritzl
        February 22, 2013, 9:00 pm

        @Citizen Agree, but OTOH the fact that she wasn’t completely dismissive is a positive sign. She knows people will see the documentary because of its notoriety, and even the Burnat’s senseless, underscoring, detention at LAX. She can’t risk, in a clinging, cred-wise sense, discounting to zero something so obviously powerful and affecting. I think she, in her own way, affirmed its impact, even in a resistant, MSM context.

  2. tokyobk
    February 22, 2013, 5:15 pm

    Oklahoma, her husband is Alan Greenspan.

    Have you ever heard him comment on Israel?

    Or, are you saying (on Mondoweiss no less) that his Jewishness makes him suspect.

    • jimby
      February 23, 2013, 12:52 pm

      Well Alan (heck of a job) Greenspan was an friend and admirer of Ayn Rand who was an uber Zionist.

      • jimby
        February 23, 2013, 1:55 pm

        Ayn Rand is seems was not an “uber” Zionist but she is the darling of tea partiers and Zionists

  3. Ira Glunts
    February 22, 2013, 6:44 pm

    Here is something I just read that struck me as interesting, although I don’t quite know what to make of it.

    Dror Moreh, the Israeli director of the other Oscar nominated documentary, “The Gatekeepers,” was interviewed by nrg, the website of the Israeli daily newspaper, Ma’ariv, about his last couple of days attending pre-Oscar events.

    Moreh said that he briefly met the co-directors of “Five Broken Cameras” at one of the events and that it “was no different from meeting the other nominees, nothing different at all.” Moreh also stated that he had not seen “Five Broken Cameras.”

    Why the indifference (hostility?) to Burnat and Davidi whose film critically deals with the same subject as “The Gatekeepers,” the Israeli occupation?

    • Ira Glunts
      February 22, 2013, 8:17 pm

      I just read another long, long piece in nrg that extensively quotes all the Shin Bet heads about “The Gatekeepers,” the Academy Awards, and the occupation. One of the Shin Bet heads, Carmi Gillon, is with Dror Moreh at the Oscars! He’s a movie star now!!!

      The only one who mentions “Five Broken Cameras” is (surprise!!!) Avraham Shalom. He said, “It is also an excellent film.”

      • Ira Glunts
        February 22, 2013, 8:39 pm

        One of the things that bothers me about this thing is that Burnat is detained at LAX (and ignored by Moreh) while these Shin Bet torturers all of whom have committed many, many war crimes are now movie stars and prophets.

        And they make this transition without expressing remorse or regret for their crimes.

        Maybe that’s just the way it is in Hollywood.

      • Kathleen
        February 23, 2013, 2:08 pm

        Such great points.
        “and they make this transition without expressing remorse or regret for crimes” Or more importantly put on trial for their crimes. Instead as you so clearly point out being celebrated in Hollywood.

        Such interesting and relevant points

      • ritzl
        February 23, 2013, 12:53 am

        @Ira Great point!!

        A few months ago, the “characters” in the Gatekeepers”are/were the ones doing the kneecapping. And they’re the celebs now?

        Is that the way these things work, machete-wielding Hutus massaged and recast as contrite media stars?

        If “Gatekeepers” wins, it will be a travesty.

      • Avi_G.
        February 23, 2013, 4:33 am

        ritzl says:
        February 23, 2013 at 12:53 am

        If “Gatekeepers” wins, it will be a travesty.

        It has a good chance of winning for two reasons:

        1. It meets the criteria of being a liberal, leftist piece of cinema which helps satisfy the academy’s patting itself on the back for being worldly, open, progressive and ahead of the rest of America.

        2. Compared to 5 Broken Cameras, it does not expose too much of Israel’s crimes and inhumanity.

        I hope I am wrong. But The Gatekeepers, could very well end up literally being a gatekeeper in and of itself. Oh the the irony.

      • Kathleen
        February 23, 2013, 2:22 pm

        I think we should link Ira’s great points anywhere we can in the next 24 hours. Get this one out. Just took it over to Up with Chris Hayes to see if we can get him to mention this massive contradiction. Burnat has problems getting into the country and war criminals in Gatekeepers get right through.

  4. Kathleen
    February 22, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Andrea Mitchell is one of the keep the gates closed on this critical issue in the MSM for decades. “an unusual voice” how deep down racist Andrea. Andrea has for years repeated the I lobbies stance and repeated unsubstantiated claims about Iran. Burnat is the voice of millions of Palestinians and people around the world who have become more aware about the facts on the ground. Andrea may continue to hold a finger in the dike but we all know the dike is busting up. And the folks at Mondoweiss as well as many others are nick nick nicking away at the wall.

    The exposure of this issue has come a long way over a long long time since Vanessa Redgrave made her brave stance on this conflict at an Oscar ceremony 37 years ago. Now a documentary about what is really going on is up for an Oscar.

  5. Kathleen
    February 22, 2013, 10:07 pm

    Who was that woman between Burnat and his wife. Sad his other sons could not come they must feel left out. Can you imagine going from the world they live in to Hollywood. What a ride. Hope they maintain…Micheal Moore will help them stay centered. From Israeli hell to Hollywood hell.

    Loved that Burnat put up the peace sign….

  6. German Lefty
    February 23, 2013, 7:53 am

    Burnat was on MSNBC today with Andrea Mitchell

    Here’s the link:

  7. Sumud
    February 23, 2013, 8:42 am

    Ha ha ~ someone needs to tell Emad that two fingers up palm-in means “up yours” – only when palm are out does it mean “peace”…

    Nice vid, he looks so happy.

    • Sycamores
      February 23, 2013, 2:38 pm

      Winston Churchill was notorious for palm in V for victory salute until he was eventually told it’s consider an offensive gesture.

    • Avi_G.
      February 23, 2013, 2:38 pm

      Sumud, as far as I know, it only means that in Britain. For all their imperial crimes in the Middle East, the British deserve to be told off. So, its ok. ;)

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