February 19, 2007, - 10:32 am
By Debbie Schlussel
And you thought, other than the presence of Al Gore and promotion of “Babel,” this year’s Academy Awards ceremony–this Sunday–was politics-free, for once.
Unfortunately, a silly spoof of “West Side Story,” made by far-left Jews has been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film, equating innocent Jewish victims of terrorism to their Palestinian Muslim terrorist murderers and reducing the loss of their lives and limbs to a friendly falafel competition.
While Jews (and others) have been blown to bits at falafel shops (and pizza places and bars and cafes, etc., etc., etc. ad nauseam) by Palestinian terrorists, “West Bank Story,” makes light of the attacks by Islamic terrorists against Jews in Israel by boiling it down to a Jets vs. Sharks ethnic fight where both sides are equal and they all make piece over music, dancing, and falafel. Sorry, but the Italians and Puerto Ricans never blew up themselves and innocent people in a Pizza shop or bus station. Only the Palestinians did that, with the full support of their people.
That this 20-minute movie boils it down to both sides fighting for control of the falafel industry is not just silly, callous, and obtuse, it’s worse–a desecration of the many living and dead who were maimed, many fatally, by the actions of these joyous people shown dancing over falafel. This isn’t over ground chick-peas fried into balls. It’s over the right of the Jewish people to live in peace and freedom versus the avowed Islamic goal of annihilating them from the planet.
Take Daniel Wultz, a handsome American teenager and Miami Heat fan who dreamt of becoming a rabbi. He was blown up while eating at Mayor’s Falafel during Passover, last year. Ditto for Lior Anidzar–a working-class auto mechanic, whose family emigrated from Arab Muslim lands to escape the deadly anti-Semitism. Both are dead, murdered by homicide bomber, Sami Salim Ahmed–not a dancing falafel maker, but a cold-blooded killer. And now, both Wultz’s and Anidzar’s lives are parodied in this silly Oscar-nominated trash. Their lives are now, “a little singing, a little dancing, a lot of hummus.” But when they were at the real-life falafel joint, all that anyone heard was an explosion and lots of shrieking.
Since the “film” was made and released in 2005, it shouldn’t even be eligible for this weekend’s Oscars. But in Hollywood, where there’s a will to promote left-wing propaganda, there’s always a way. Watch for this absurd perversion to win the Oscar. It’s got all the makings for getting one of those lackluster golden statuettes.
I’d like to thank the Academy . . . for nothing. What’s next–“World Trade Center Story”?
Although They Were Murdered Behind Israel’s Green Line, Here’s the Real “West Bank Story” . . .
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