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Hamas Movie Celebrates A Terrorist

From a popcorn buying Associated Press:

Palestinians walks past a billboard, center, advertising the film "Emad Akel", the first motion picture production of the Islamic group Hamas, in a street in Gaza City, Saturday, July 18, 2009.

Hamas makes feature film about slain militant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip —  The Gaza movie premiere drew an exclusive crowd with local celebrities posing for jostling photographers — and that’s pretty much where the similarities end between Hollywood and the fledgling film industry of Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

The Islamic militants’ first feature film — an action-packed homage to a top Hamas militant — cost only $200,000 to make and is being shown to segregated audiences of bearded men and veiled women.

"It’s Hamaswood instead of Hollywood," Fathi Hamad, Gaza’s Hamas interior minister, said after the film’s first showing Friday evening at Gaza City’s Islamic University. "We are trying to make quality art that is Islamic and about the resistance, without provocative (sexual) scenes." …

The movie tells the story of Emad Akel, commander of the Hamas’ military wing, who was killed in a firefight with Israeli troops in Gaza in 1993.

Akel, 23 at the time, was known as "the ghost" for his many disguises, including dressing up as a Jewish settler with a skullcap. In the early 1990s, he topped Israel’s wanted list for his suspected role in killing 11 Israeli soldiers, an Israeli civilian and four Palestinian informers in a series of attacks.

In the two-hour movie, titled "Emad Akel," there’s plenty of action. The hero frequently leaps out of cars to open fire on Israeli soldiers, prompting bursts of applause from the audience each time. There’s no romance, however, and the female actors all wear long robes and headscarves.

The actors playing the Israeli characters — soldiers, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his army chief of staff at the time, Ehud Barak — speak in Hebrew with a heavy Arabic accent, and their dialogue is translated in Arabic subtitles.

Rabin frequently yells at an inept Barak — now Israel’s defense minister — who can’t stop Hamas fighters. Israeli soldiers always seem asleep. Sleazy Israeli handlers try to persuade Palestinians to collaborate by offering them women and alcohol…

The movie was shot over 10 months on a production lot that Hamas hopes will one day grow into a $200 million media city. As part of its media empire, Hamas already operates a Gaza-based satellite television station, a radio station and a dozen news Web sites. Two daily newspapers are linked to Hamas, and the group produces a Hamas newsletter and an occasional glossy for its militant wing…

Hamad and Zahar want to make their next movie about Palestinian fighter Izzedine al-Qassam, after whom their military wing is named…

At Friday’s invitation-only screening, the real stars were Zahar, Hamad and Gaza’s Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh. They chatted with the actors and posed for photographs.

Zahar said making movies is just another way for Palestinians to fight Israeli rule.

"Resistance can be a word, a poem," he said.

You would think all of this would be redundant, given how strongly Hollywood backs the Palestinians.

But the locals probably can’t see most of Hollywood’s pro-Palestinian because of all that naked woman flesh.

After all, if their young men get the idea that they can find female companionship in this life they might not be as eager to blow themselves up to get to the houris of paradise.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Hamas Movie Celebrates A Terrorist”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Big deal ……….. do you think for one moment that this dead terrorist of a movie star is lazing with 72 virgins anywhere in the hereafter?
    Me thinks not!!

  2. wirenut says:

    Oliver Stone directs a remake of Ishtar meets Dumb and Dumber? I sure would hate to be the stuntmen for the lead actors in this epic. Thank you U.S. military! Perhaps we can get most of Hollywood to sign on, live munitions of course. Alec Baldwin for Best blown-up loser in a terrorist role.

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