Eying 'Historic' Oscars Win, Palestinian Gets Cold Shoulder From Israeli Officials

No Receptions This Year for Film That Critiques Jewish State

The Envelope, Please: Director Emad Burnat, right, says it would be a historic day for Palestinians if ‘5 Broken Cameras,’ the film he made with Guy Davidi, wins an Oscar for best documentary.
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The Envelope, Please: Director Emad Burnat, right, says it would be a historic day for Palestinians if ‘5 Broken Cameras,’ the film he made with Guy Davidi, wins an Oscar for best documentary.

By Nathan Guttman

Published February 21, 2013.

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Veteran documentary director Michael Moore who hosted a panel discussion with all nominees in the documentary category on Wednesday, was full of praise for the Israeli movies, which he viewed as courageous.

After rescuing Burnat from the arms of immigration officers, Moore told reporters that Americans don’t get to see in their evening news stories like the one of Bilin and life under occupation.

“Most Americans support Israel, that’s why it is so difficult,“ he said. “If there are any people of conscience, it’s the Israelis.”

Ever the jokester, Moore said that when he visited Israel he could hardly tell the difference between Israelis and Palestinians.

“OK, one says hummus and one says Hamas,” he quipped, “I can’t tell who’s Arab and who’s Israeli, it seems everybody’s a cousin. So stop it!”



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