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Director of “Paradise Now” Would Be a Suicide Bomber

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Hany Abu-Assad, the director of Paradise Now (the sick Palestinian film glorifying suicide bombers that is up for an Academy Award), says that Israelis are “hated for a reason”—and that he would gladly be a suicide bomber himself: Oscar nominee: People hate Israelis for a reason. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)

If this evil-intentioned film wins an Oscar, it will be a dark day for civilization.

In an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth, the Israeli-born director of the Golden Globe award winner for Best Foreign Film emerges as no less controversial than his recent production. At the beginning of our talk he demands that when quoting him I would refrain from using the term “terrorist” to describe people sent to explode themselves in buses and markets.

 This is an act of terror, but this terror derives from another terror, Abu-Assad explains. Suicide bombings are a reaction to your terror, he says, and suggests the most accurate term to describe a suicide bombing would be “a counter-terrorist act.”
 
Someone dares speak up against your movie and already it’s hard for you to avoid being critical toward Jews?
 
They are not just opposed to my film; they also claim to represent all Jews, he states. This is why such an article is “racist and fascist,” he says.
 
Abu-Assad says Linor (the author of a Ynet article critical of the film) truly believes people who belong to another nation are different than her. She thinks people who don’t accept the fact the occupation is the source for suicidal acts in effect says the Palestinian culture is the root of terror, evil, he explains.
 
It’s hard to see the way Jews, who were once the victims of prejudice and paid a heavy price for anti-Semitism, today act the same, he states. “It makes you want to stop believing in humanity.”
 
Even during the Holocaust, people did not strap on a bomb and set out to kill innocent people.
 
This was a different situation that only lasted six years, Abu-Assad replies, adding that in the first 30 years of occupation there were no suicide bombings. Who knows what would have happened in Germany had the oppression continued for 30 years, he asks rhetorically. 
 
Abu-Assad stresses he is a pacifist who believes any killing is wrong, and that he advocates a non-violent struggle as the right method for obtaining one’s goals. However, he states, while he currently has the privilege to make such a stand, in a different situation his moral position may have been different.
 
In other words, had you been living in the territories, you would have become a shahid (martyr)?
 
Abu-Assad hesitates for a second before replying, “yes.” He recounts an episode in which he was humiliated by a soldier at the Kalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem, and says this was what made him realize what runs through the heads of people who later become suicide bombers.

You feel like such a coward it kills you, he describes, saying this cowardice makes people start hating life and feel impotent.

I realized, Abu-Assad explains, that when a man systematically goes through such humiliation, he chooses to kill his own impotency by carrying out an act of “let me die with the philistines.”
 
And there are no suicide bombers who do what they do because of anti-Semitism?
 
That’s a racist notion.

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