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Now our government is again bolstering the Palestinian production of lethal cinematic hoaxes. The director of the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Alon Garbuz, will screen Mohammed Bakri's controversial film "Jenin, Jenin" tonight, coinciding with the eve of the director's libel trial.
Garbuz says he chose to do this as "a show of support" for Bakri whom he invited to the event. The film describes Bakri's version of what happened in Jenin during the Israel Defense Forces Operation Defensive Shield. It was banned by the Israeli Film Ratings Board in 2003 on the grounds that it was libelous and might offend the public.
That decision was subsequently overturned by the Supreme Court which nonetheless labeled the film a "propagandistic lie". Five IDF reservists later brought a civil suit against Bakri and
Garbuz exemplifies the sentiments of many left-wing Israelis who defend Palestinian actions regardless of their immorality. When they do so on their own time and out their own pockets, it is disturbing enough. But when, like Garbuz, they take home generous salaries consisting of Israeli taxpayers' shekels, the very people they seek to malign, then their hypocrisy is showing. Garbuz’ squandering of our taxes on expressions of his personal political bias is untenable.