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Friday, January 11, 2013
Almagor Terror Victims Association slams two Israeli films nominated for Oscars

To the members of the Oscar Academy:

A Message from Bereaved Parents and Other Members of the Almagor Terror
Victims Association of Israel

Please be aware that the two Israeli films under consideration for the Oscar
for documentary film create a false impression of the character of the State
of Israel and are in point of fact political films whose messages are
identified very specifically with the far left of the political spectrum.
The two films, especially “Five Cameras,” do an injustice to Israel and to
the security forces tasked with protecting its citizens against terrorism.

“Five Cameras” concerns the construction of the security fence at Bil'in
only from the Palestinian perspective. Attached is a reaction to the film
by our member Yossi Tzur, an activist from the community of Israeli parents
bereaved by terrorism whose son Blondy was murdered in a terrorist attack on
Haifa.

Regarding “The Gatekeepers,” the film does in fact let five former Shin Bet
heads speak, but its immoral conclusion—that negotiations should be held
with terrorists and that it is possible to come to an agreement with them—is
offensive.

Were you aware that the creator of “The Gatekeepers” published last weekend
an interview with Yuval Diskin, one of the former Shin Bet heads, in an
article in “Yediot Aharonot” containing personal attacks on the prime
minister and defense miniter of Israel for ostensibly inappropriate
behavior?

After carefully reviewing the comments by Diskin, one of the film's stars
who come out exaggeratedly and with unhidden enmity against Netanyahu and
Barak, we reached the conclusion that his comments were intended to boost
what he would say in the second part of the interview: a political attack on
Israel's direction in security-related matters, coming as part of the
political campaign accompanying elections, as interviewee Yuval Diskin hints
himself. We also are aware that the creator of the film attacks the
management of Israeli security policy in various forums.

Again, the conclusion reached by the film thast is presented for your
consideration, as it appears throughout the interviews, is characteristic
specifically of the leftist parties in Israel.

It is no coincidence that Knesset Member Galon, of the far-left Meretz
party, has praised the film, saying that it is a movie that “churns the
insides” with regard to the so-called “occupation.”

As terror victims, we are of the view that one must not compromise with
terrorism, whether practically or, as the film would have it, morally. Even
though it contains interviews with five Shin Bet heads, its conclusion is
political: that it is appropriate to compromise with terrorists.

In summary, if you give an award to one of these films, you are giving an
award to:

1. “The Gatekeepers,” a political film attacking the current Israeli policy
of remaining in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) for historical and
security reasons, or

2. “Five Cameras,” an incitement film that demonizes that soldiers of the
Israel Defense forces and contains anti-Semitic elements.

We request that you take our position into account when judging the
material.

As noted, we are attaching a letter by our member Yossi Tzur, who lost his
son in a terrorist attack on Haifa.

Sincerely yours,

Lt.-Col. (ret.) Meir Indor
CEO
Almagor Terror Victims Association

Dr. Aryeh Bachrach
Chairman
Bereaved Parents Forum
Almagor Terror Victims Association

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