February 20, 2009, - 4:53 pm

“Waltz With Bashir”: Anti-Israel Propaganda Made by Israelis; Shame on Oscar

By Debbie Schlussel
At Sunday’s Academy Awards, “Waltz With Bashir” is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
And while the foreign language it is in is Hebrew, it might as well be in Arabic or Farsi. That’s because while neither Ahmadinejad nor the Muslim world could possibly make something more anti-Israel . . . and, frankly, anti-Semitic, they’ll simply love this movie. And that’s why I’m betting on it to win the Oscar. It’s high quality Bin Laden cinema.
Since we already have an annoying actress cleaning up in the movie awards biz for playing a semi-pornographic, hot SS guard as the good guy (Kate Winslet in “The Reader“–read my review) for sending Jews to the ovens, while the two Jewish Holocaust survivors who testified against her are the insensitive bitches of the movie, why not round out the Nazi anti-Semitism with a little anti-Israel anti-Semitism to keep up with the times?


This movie and “The Reader” would make for a great double feature at the next SS/Gestapo reunion.
And it’s no surprise that “Waltz With Bashir” is made by Israelis–in particular, director Ari Folman doing his best Leni Riefenstahl. Goebbels would be proud. As I’ve often noted on this site, the Israeli left and the Israeli movie industry make our left and our Hollywood look like centrists and moderates.
I saw in this animated piece of garbage virtually every canard that HAMAS, Hezbollah, and Israel’s enemies around the world have hurled.
Jews as Nazis . . . Check.
Arabs killing Arabs, but it’s the Jews’ fault . . . Check.
Jews as murderers of “innocent” Muslims . . . Check.
Terrorist Muslims as innocent victims of the Jews . . . Check.
Jews as the Michael Vicks of the Middle East, killing dogs and Arabian horses . . . Check.
Israelis as porn and sex addicts . . . Check.
Israelis as drug addict slackers . . . Check (well, that part is true about the Israeli left, like the scum that made this movie).
Check, Check, Check, Check, Check.
The only thing missing from this vile celluloid exercise in the sickening are the traditional blood libels of Jews cooking Arabs and using their blood in pastries. The Israeli filmmakers–nice guys that they are–want to leave at least something as the exclusive domain of the Arab world and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
The movie follows Folman, the director of this film, a middle-aged former Israeli soldier who served in Lebanon during the Israeli invasion in the early 1980s. Let’s not forget what Folman goes to great lengths to omit from this movie: Israel entered Lebanon in the early 1980s at the invitation of the majority of the Lebanese people –both Shi’ite Muslims (the same ones who now support Hezbollah) and Maronite Christians. As I’ve written, most of the Lebanese people welcomed the Israelis as heroes for liberating them from Yasser Arafat and his P.L.O., who took over their houses, raped their daughters, and murdered their sons. No less than David K. Shipler, the New York Times’ anti-Israel then-correspondent detailed this, and I’ve summarized much of it on this site, as well as given other examples from my own knowledge and research over the years.
There’s a reason that much of Lebanon was known as “Fatahland” at the time. None of that exists in the vacuum of this lie-filled movie.
At the beginning of the movie, a friend and Folman are at a bar. The friend says he has nightmares about 26 dogs trying to kill him. These are the 26 dogs he shot as Israel invaded South Lebanon. The killings were necessary because the dogs would bark and alert wanted Palestinian terrorists that the Israelis were coming to capture them.
But since this is an anti-war, anti-Israel movie, the Israelis are as bad as Michael Vick. Because shooting dogs to save people from Islamic terrorists is just a vile thing to do . . . according to PETA and these Israeli self-hating filmmakers who produced this trash.
While his friend tells of his guilt over the dogs, Folman tells him he can’t remember a thing about his service in Lebanon. It’s “not in his system,” he says. Of course, those inhuman Israelis–it’s just not in their system to care about–or even remember–war.
Folman seeks out his former unit members from his time in Lebanon to remind him what happened there. The whole rest of the movie is spent rehashing and blaming Israel for the events at Sabra and Shatila–Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where Maronite Christian Phalangist soldiers killed Palestinians, some of them terrorists (but they don’t want you to know that in this movie). What Ari Folman also doesn’t want you to know is that these camps were not only the subterfuges for Yasser Arafat’s P.L.O., but they were the breeding and training grounds–much as all Palestinian refugee camps remain today–for Islamic terrorists.
Frankly, while–unlike the message of this movie–the Israelis (the movie also singles out Ariel Sharon and Menachem Begin, in addition to soldiers and commanders) have no blame in the Sabra and Shatila massacre, I can’t blame the Phalangists for slaughtering the Palestinians there. What would you do if Sunni Muslim terrorists under the leadership of Arafat ravaged your country, took over your homes, raped your wives and daughters, and executed your sons before your eyes? Would you look the other way? Or would you seek the only justice available in the Middle East?
But the movie only shows us one group of people taking over Lebanese homes . . . Israeli soldiers. And it shows them watching vile, obscene porn, lounging in their bathtubs, and drinking their alcohol. Uh, thanks, Ari Folman, but you have the wrong ethnicity. Not that a minor detail such as that would get in your way of vilifying Israel and the Jews.
And you wouldn’t know that it was the Phalangists–and not Israelis–who “massacred” these terrorist-monger Palestinians, unless you sit through the entire movie. It implies the Israelis did it, until the last third of the movie. You know, they wouldn’t want you to get the wrong impression–i.e., that Israelis didn’t massacre anyone, but that their Arab brethren who were forced to live with them were driven to it.
On the subject of the Phalangists, the movie is named for their dead leader, Bashir Gemayel–a charismatic, pro-Israel leader who was about to recognize Israel and, for the first time ever, create real peace in the Israeli-Lebanese relationship. Sadly, he was assassinated by the Syrians, shortly after becoming Lebanon’s leader, for that very reason.
But instead of wishing he had taken over, director Ari Folman vilifies the dead Gemayel. The people in his movie describe the Phalangists’ admiration of him as homo-erotic, a claim he’d never dare make about the real homo-erotic admiration actually going on in Lebanon . . . for Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah.
Unlike Mr. Folman, the dead Bashir Gemayel’s family (excluding his Syrian-allied brother Amin Gemayel) continues to sacrifice its family members even in recent times, as victims for trying to free Lebanon from the puppets of foreign Islamic rule based in Iran and Syria.
And Folman does exactly what we’ve seen from the supporters of HAMAS and Hezbollah. In a 1.5 hour movie, I counted at least three comparisons of Israeli soldiers to Nazis and the situation to the Holocaust–that’s one per half hour. They were called “Nazis.” And their entrance into and activities in Lebanon were called both “Auschwitz,” and the “Warsaw Ghetto.” So let’s compare: Innocent Jews rounded up and cooked in ovens versus Palestinians who raped, tortured and murdered the people versus Lebanon getting a tiny deserved taste of their own medicine. Hmmm … sounds exactly the same to me. How’ bout you?
In addition to being Nazis, cruel dog-killers, porn addicts, and home invaders, we’re told that Israeli soldiers killed an entire field of Arabian horses. “The horses never did anything to anyone. They didn’t deserve to die,” Folman tells us.
Yup, that’s what you want to do when you go to war against Palestinian terrorists who are shooting down on your country and using the country to your north as a base of attack: Worry about guard dogs who protect them . . . and Arabian horses who might get in the way of bombings and gunshots. The PETA plan of attack–I’m sure it works wonders . . . in the cartoon land of the vegetarians and Ari Folman.
We are also shown scenes of Israeli soldiers landing on a Lebanese beach and shooting up a car carrying a family, just for the heck of it. Oh, and then there’s that porn again. We are constantly shown scenes of naked Israeli soldiers, with full-frontal penile nudity on the water off the coast of Lebanon, and full-frontal naked women who are the fantasies of pot-smoking Israeli soldiers. And then there are the scenes of Folman and one of his former unit-mates in Holland smoking pot.
Perhaps Mr. Folman should have stuck to pot-smoking instead of filmmaking, because clearly his vision of what really happened in Lebanon is drug-addled.
The only part of this movie that isn’t animated is the end, during which the audience is treated to gruesome footage of Palestinians’ bodies at Sabra and Shatila and piercing screaming of crying Palestinian women. Hmmm . . . too afraid to show us the crying and screaming and far more gruesome pictures of what the Palestinians living in those camps did to Lebanese Shi’ites and Christians all over the country?
Yeah, why give the complete picture when the goal is to destroy Israel from within? It was a civil war between Christians trying to save their once civilized and beautiful country and Muslims trying to savage it and wrest control. Israel had far less business interfering in this alleged “massacre” of its enemy by its ally than it did interfering–which Israel did not–in the many, far larger Palestinian massacres of Lebanese Christians and Shi’ites.
As I left the theater, a noblesse oblige ignoramus-ette said to me, “Oh, the inhumanity of those Israelis and Jews.”
To her, I said,

Lady, if you had a clue, you’d know that the Lebanese people were raped and murdered by these Palestinians, that they welcomed the Israelis in to rescue them. Too bad they didn’t bother to show you that in this propaganda film.
Oh the inhumanity of those Israelis and Jews that they didn’t let the Maronites finish the job.

Look for Oscar gold, Sunday Night, for the new Goebbels-esque filmmaker, Ari Folman and his “Waltz with Bashir.”
READ “When Shi’ites Welcomed Israel Into Lebanon: P.L.O. Mass Murder, Torture & Rape in ‘Fatah-land.'”
**** UPDATE, 2/22/09: Fortunately, “Waltz with Bashir” did not win the Oscar. Glad to be wrong in this case. ****

26 Responses

Obviously more of the same. Portray the good guys as bad guys and parade it around as a real depiction of history.
Yet another indie movie I will skip.

samurai on February 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm

This is very informative. I did not know any of
this ( Israel in Shia Lebanon ). Sadly, I bet
99 % of Americans are as ignorant of this as I
was, and will remain so.

Hawkins on February 20, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Wow, that settles it. You’re completely insane. You’re cheering on genocide, what else does that possibly suggest other than the fact that you’re not stable. It scares me that you’re allowed to carry a concealed weapon anywhere near where I live.

stormhit on February 21, 2009 at 12:43 am

Re Waltz With Bashir, incredible, unbelievable, that it is made by Israelis? Are they psycho, demented?
Debbie is 100% correct about the Phalangists. “What would you do if Sunni Muslim terrorists under the leadership of Arafat ravaged your country, took over your homes, raped your wives and daughters, and executed your sons before your eyes? Would you look the other way? Or would you seek the only justice available in the Middle East?” For what the Muslims did they deserved to be slaughtered.

arius on February 21, 2009 at 3:28 am

These self haters are a more dangerous threat to the Jews than the Nazis or the Arab/Muslim mobs. Either through appeasement, the desire to be liked by the world, or being stupid enough to fall for the world’s primal scream against the Jews, the Gentile anti-Semites can gleefully point to the Jewish anti-Semites/self haters for their cause.
As for Debbie’s comments about Sabra and Shatila, I made the same comments back in 1982 at my former place of work. I was ostracized and criticized by people for them, but I didn’t care as I knew the history of the Massacre at Damour, the assasination of Bashir Geymeyel (sp); etc.
Bruno Bettelheim (sp) reported that the Nazis in the concentration camps would not let Jews in the camps argue on the Nazis’ behalf. Mr. Bettelheim (himself a concentration camp survivor) reasoned the reason for this was that such utter self hatred represented free choice and the Nazis wanted to stop that along with Jews being able to live.
Looking at the acts of the self haters, I think the German Nazis made a tactical mistake in not allowing self haters to express their self hatred toward their fellow Jews. If you’re a cowardly self hater such as Tony Judt, you are feted in London and given bylines in Pat Buchanan’s “American Conservative.” If you’re a demented albeit financially clever self hater such as George Soros, you get to date hot, anti-Semitic babe, Queen Noor (King Hussein’s widow) –F’KN A! (just kidding)
Of course, having the “prvilige” of writing in “The American Conservative” or dating a hot Jew Hater is not a reason to work for the destruction of your own, largely innocent people. There is no reason to work for such an evil cause — NONE!

Underzog on February 21, 2009 at 6:32 am

I am not certain that those people who make
judgments about others would not have acted
in the same way had they been the in that same
It is easy to pontificate when your own rear
end is not on the line !

Hawkins on February 21, 2009 at 10:39 am

Jillian Becker’s book THE PLO from the early 1980’s is SO worth re-reading now. She was and is a first class journalist, an expert on terrorism (her book on Baader-Meinhof is still the best). Her description of the PLO massacres in Lebanon under Nobel Peace Winner Arafat’s direction are still revolting even after Mumbai and Beslan.

poetcomic1 on February 21, 2009 at 11:45 am

Good piece, Deb. I had heard a lot about this movie and thought it was garbage (more so than the Reader, but agree on that too….).
Anyway, an interesting side note. In the 1990’s I had a colleague who provided Internet service for the company I work for who was a Lebanese Christian who left Beirut for America just before the Israeli war there (in the 1980’s). We used to talk about the Middle East with you and he wholeheartedly agreed about that the people then (even the Muslim population of Lebanon) hated Arafat and the PLO and welcomed the Israeli advance.
As proof, he would proudly show a big Israeli tourism poster in his computer repair shop window so people wouldn’t think he was a “terrorist”. A very interesting guy…..

hairymon on February 22, 2009 at 9:06 am

Man Debbie, you are way off on this movie. Scary, sadly, depressingly off. Are you really that scared of movies that question your beliefs? This movie comes out against Israel, and in any case, you were obviously wrong about the Oscars tonight. This is about one man’s memory and the effect war can have on his memory. You are a smart woman — in certain ways — but I can’t believe you would be so closed-minded, so quintessentially backward on a movie this honest, this personal, and this sandwiched with the very things you preach on this site. Watch it again, if you have the guts, and think about what it really says. Folman still lives in Israel, Debbie. Duh.

Sheridan on February 23, 2009 at 5:02 am

I, and a number of working intels believe that Israel is finished. You simply cannot ask young people to go fight then have nothing come of it. The tunnels still work, goods still flow etc.
The problem is the Israeli mentality which is still very much the German Social Democrat, the hard left. Same in here, really, look at the editorials in the WP or the NYT and who is writing them.
Militarily you are just giving the otherside practice, and they will learn and come back for a rematch. How many of those can Israel afford until it is SOL? Yes I am aware of Israeli nucs but when it come to nut cuttin’ time, I bet that they don’t get used.

taffy on February 23, 2009 at 8:25 am

Are you surprised that Israel (like America) has its self loathing haters? Ever read the newspaper Ha’aretz? It’s columnists – Akiva Eldar, Gideon Levey, and Amira Hass are total left wing/Stalinist loons.

Ripper on February 23, 2009 at 9:30 am

After the Oslo Accords of 1993, I think that Israel’s greatest mistake was Lebanon 1982. I would not have sacrificed a single Jewish life for the Lebanese.

Ripper on February 23, 2009 at 10:40 am

This was sent to me by an Israeli in response to this review:
“I saw the movie and it is GREAT! and you know me and what I stand for….
This movie was intended for Israelis only! it has a dark humor that only Israelis get,
what can I say, try to Imagine living under constant missiles and suicide boomers and you don’t know if
your kids will make it home safe that day, and the worse part is that your government does nothing the protect you and the entire world is boycotting you, see what kind of humor you will develop….this is the Israeli humor, brutally honest, over the top dark, this is how we wire,
Unfortunately, I don’t think this humor comes across too well outside of the Israel, it is a shame,
since this movie has a heart, a good story telling.”

ruby on February 23, 2009 at 11:15 am

This was sent to me by an Israeli in response to this review:
“I saw the movie and it is GREAT! and you know me and what I stand for….
This movie was intended for Israelis only! it has a dark humor that only Israelis get,
what can I say, try to Imagine living under constant missiles and suicide boomers and you don’t know if
your kids will make it home safe that day, and the worse part is that your government does nothing the protect you and the entire world is boycotting you, see what kind of humor you will develop….this is the Israeli humor, brutally honest, over the top dark, this is how we wire,
Unfortunately, I don’t think this humor comes across too well outside of the Israel, it is a shame,
since this movie has a heart, a good story telling.”

ruby on February 23, 2009 at 11:19 am

Sorry, didn’t mean to post it twice!
Enjoyed your commentary on Big Hollywood last night.
The live blog made the Oscars much more enjoyable!

ruby on February 23, 2009 at 11:20 am

re: “These are the 26 dogs he shot as Israel invaded South Lebanon. The killings were necessary because the dogs would bark and alert wanted Palestinian terrorists that the Israelis were coming to capture them.”
I thought that dogs were considered un-hallal or haram, which fed into the rumors about Obama not owning a dog. However, according to the Muslim American Society:
that was a misconception upon my part:
“Muslims don’t have dogs as pets because of culture, more than a matter of religion. Muslims discourage having a dog as a pet, but they can use it for games, for shepherding or as guard dogs, or different other purposes.”

adagioforstrings on February 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

So do you actually ever review movies or do you just bitch about the politics involved?

Ewing on March 6, 2009 at 3:21 am

Well what have we learned in this review?
Israeli soldiers dont know what they did in Lebanon.
Debbie does.
The Kahan Commission never existed, and it never found that Ariel Sharon “bears personal responsibility” for the events in Sabra and Shatila.

Lamont Cranston on March 6, 2009 at 3:57 am

You are very quick to insult intelligence and spew angry slurs without the backing of facts. Quite honestly, all the little quirks you have about this movie can be said about any movie about America’s involvement in Vietnam. So, we are self hating left wingers because the few atrocities we committed are brought to life and owned up to? With the animal killings, people react to death differently. Folman’s reaction to killing something that was alive and real haunts him even though he saved human lives, because he took a life. The same goes with the horses, the camera man was able to hide behind his camera. It broke when he witnessed majestic animals, man’s main means of conveyance for quite a while, being shot.

In seeing the movie about 3 or 4 times, with subtitles and english dubs, the actions of the people interviewed makes sense. I speak mostly of the squad firing on the car at the beach. These are the actions of scared 18 to 20-somethings who have never been in such a tense situation. When they reached the beach and shot up the first thing that came up, its because they were scared and tired. I am not saying it was right, mind you, but explainable and completely possible.

Thank you, I would love a reply, but please refrain from degrading language (such as fool, idiot, etc.).

Donald on March 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Most everything you’ve said about this film is pure, unadulterated bull.

Did the Israelis kill the horses in the movie, for instance? No! It was Phalangists. And they’re just horses. Throwing “Arabian” in there for spurious effect says more about you than about the movie.

Did the guy shoot the dogs? Yeah. He had to, but afterward it bothered him. There was nothing in there about him being a bad person because of it … you just made that part up, like the hysterical freak that you are. In actual fact, it was a moment you’re supposed to sympathize with the character. But hey … I bet you probably thought he should’ve whacked off while dreaming about shooting the dogs. I suppose you would’ve been happy if he enjoyed shooting the dogs.

No wait, you wouldn’t. Then he’d be portrayed badly too. Nice little catch-22 there.

Soldiers watching obscene porn and getting drunk? That’s not anti-semitic. Soldiers in every war movie watch obscene porn and get drunk. But, according to you, Israeli soldiers can’t be portrayed this way. If they’re not positively Victorian, then it’s Jew-hate.

And omg! Full frontal penile nudity. Well that cinches it, right? Anyone who shows Jews as having penises is an anti-semite.

You’re insane. Completely, irrevocably out to lunch.

DG on May 26, 2010 at 7:12 am

This has to be the most stupid review I’ve ever read of a film. I’ve never before encountered a more americanized and un-original viewpoint. You are so fucked up that you even take a subjective, emotional film as anti-jew propaganda: I don’t know if you even believe in it or if you are just using it as an excuse to do the most un-original thing that “modern man” does today: flaming on muslims. You should be ashamed.

Marcus on August 6, 2010 at 6:07 am

Very hard to believe anything this propaganda stirring news twisting horrible person (Schussel) has to say. She is just as bad as any extremist out there. Just take any bit of information, twist it with slant, then put it out to the public to serve your own purpose and keep up your ratings so you can continue to rake in the bucks while misleading your readers. What a perfect business plan!

Dr. Ali on September 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

Best movie ever

Ariel Sharon on April 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

Are you stupid? Being critical keeps the world sane and branding everything that is critical of israel as antisemetic is insane and a cause of too much suffering

Thom on May 30, 2014 at 4:05 am

Do not care about israel haters. In India also news facebook are anti israel anti hindu. But still with support of millions of members of hindu outfits india has most pro israel anti muslim PM. When electin results came on 16 may that gave him historic mandate many so called secularists changed tones and stated praising him.
he is first non congress PM of india who got his party direct majority i.e. no need for allies.

manoj sharma on September 28, 2014 at 11:51 am

Thanks a lot for your post, Debbie Schlussel. If it wasn’s for it, I would’ve never found such beautiful and deep movies like Waltz with Bashir or The Reader. Also, your comments allowed me to confirm exactly what sionist hate looks like.
I’ll be waiting for more of your movie reviews. 😉

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