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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Outrage after Jewish-made pro-Palestinian film screened at U.N.'s main hall

By Melissa Maerz and Nicole Sperling


Freida Pinto and Omar Metwally star in Julian Schnabel's "Miral."



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Israeli-Palestinian politics often prove polarizing at the United Nations, but rarely does the furor involve Hollywood celebrities and power brokers, a red carpet and a film screening at the world body's own headquarters in New York.

Such was the case Monday night when the U.N. played host to the U.S. premiere of director Julian Schnabel's new film "Miral," which follows a Palestinian girl's relationship with terrorism and Israel after the 1948 war for Israeli independence. The screening was met with protests from Israel's delegation to the U.N. as well as prominent U.S.-based Jewish groups including the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League, which were outraged that the world body would open its doors to a film that even its Jewish American distributor, Harvey Weinstein, describes as "pro-Palestinian."

In a letter to the world body, AJC Executive Director David Harris said showing the film in the U.N. General Assembly hall would "only serve to reinforce the already widespread view that Israel simply cannot expect fair treatment in the U.N." In particular, Jewish groups have objected to the film's portrayal of the Israeli army and what they say is a lack of context for some of the soldiers' more extreme actions.

Despite such objections, the unusual event went off as planned, with the gregarious Schnabel walking the carpet in his trademark pajamas paired with a blazer, trench coat and bright red sneakers. His girlfriend, the author and screenwriter Rula Jebreal, whose life story inspired the film, went more formal in an elegant black dress. The duo greeted famous friends such as Josh Brolin, Sean Penn and Robert De Niro, who came out to support the filmmaker whose last movie, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Schnabel, an American Jew who shot the movie in Jerusalem and the West Bank, rejected the charges of bias but was clear about his interest in showing the Palestinian side of the conflict.


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Weinstein, an American Jew like Schnabel, acknowledged the film favors Palestine. "This is a pro-Palestinian story," he said Monday. "It's an activist story."

"My mother's Hadassah, so she's putting me up for adoption," Weinstein said. "She said two weeks ago, you won the Oscar. Good. Now you're involved with this movie? Bad. I just hope I can find someone to take you. She's not kidding."

"Miral" played at last year's Venice and Toronto film festivals, and Schnabel arranged a private viewing of the movie for U.N. General Assembly President Joseph Deiss a few months ago, hopeful that the Swiss politician would agree to host a screening and discussion of the film at the world body.

"They've been involved with the birth of the state of Israel and have been trying to solve this conflict for so many years that it seemed like the perfect platform," Schnabel said Monday. "I wanted to find people who would have their hearts open to this, who could exchange ideas in an open forum. When you hear the language and the ideas of this movie in the context of this place, it's very, very resonant."

The film stars "Slumdog Millionaire" actress Freida Pinto as Miral, a young woman who, like Jebreal, was raised in an orphanage in East Jerusalem founded by a Palestinian woman, Hind Husseini. The film traces the two women's lives from the beginnings of the orphanage to the Oslo peace accords in 1993.

According to AJC spokesman Kenneth Bandler, no one from his organization attended the U.N. premiere, which they believe marked the first instance of a film being screened in the main hall of the General Assembly. (The documentary "Sergio," about U.N. special representative Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in Iraq, was shown at the headquarters in 2008.)

Contrary to assertions by the Weinstein Co. that representatives of the Jewish organizations protesting the event hadn't yet viewed the film, the AJC's Italian representative, Lisa Palmieri-Billig, saw it in Venice in September. She wrote a scathing review in the Jerusalem Post, saying the film portrayed Israel as the "unequivocal villain."

Jean-Victor Nkolo, spokesman for the president of the General Assembly, confirmed that Deiss saw the film and responded positively to it. "He liked it and thought it could contribute to a useful and interesting discussion on a topic that has gone on for so long," Nkolo said.

Nkolo said it was not that unusual to host a movie premiere at the United Nations, though he was unable to name another film that had debuted at the headquarters recently. "We see screenings here as a venue," he added. "The film has to defend itself. It's a work of art."

After Monday's screening, broadcast journalist Dan Rather moderated a panel discussion featuring Schnabel, Jebreal, journalist Mona Eltahawy and Yonatan Shapira, co-founder of Combatants for Peace and a former captain in the Israeli Air Force Reserves, who in 2003 organized a group of pilots who refused to fly attack missions on Palestinian territories. Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, was also part of the conversation.

Rather flew in to New York for the event. "I thought the film was really powerful," he said. "As I understand it, the goal of the filmmakers was to create understanding, education, love and peace and this film is trying to move that conversation forward."

The Weinstein Co. will open "Miral" in a limited number of theaters on March 25. Just last week, the company won an appeal of the film's initial R rating for violent content, including the depiction of sexual assault. It will now carry a PG-13 rating.

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