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December 2, 2014

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

Lebanese filmmaker's drama banned, disowned throughout Arab world for demonizing Israelis insufficiently

By John Horn



Former Tarantino assistant wanted to start 'conversation'


JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT)

WOS ANGELES — Filmmaker Ziad Doueiri wanted "The Attack" to start a conversation. But that assumed people could see his Middle Eastern terrorism tale.

"We knew when we were writing the script that the film was certainly going to provoke debate, but we didn't write it just to provoke debate," said Doueiri, whose film is loosely adapted from Yasmina Khadra's novel of the same name. "I thought art was the one way we could all communicate. I guess I was naive."

By shooting part of the movie in and around Tel Aviv, the director was told he violated a decades-old rule prohibiting citizens of Lebanon, where Doueiri was born, from working in Israel.

Citing that transgression, the League of Arab States asked all of its 22 member nations to boycott the film.

Separately, two of Doueiri's investors — one in Qatar, the other from Egypt — pulled their names off the $1.5-million production soon after they saw it. The film is being distributed in the United States by the Cohen Media Group.

But Doueiri said his shooting in Israel isn't really why the film is being banned and disowned — it's because "The Attack" doesn't demonize Jews.

"I've somehow committed a breach by showing the Israelis in a sympathetic way," said the filmmaker, who has worked as a camera assistant on several Quentin Tarantino films, directed the feature "West Beirut" in 1998, and recently visited Los Angeles from his home in Paris. "They think that by being neutral you are actually showing an Israeli point of view."



"The Attack" is set to open in Israel this month. "I am so curious to see the Israeli reaction," Doueiri said.

The film opens in a Tel Aviv hospital, where an Arab Israeli emergency room physician named Amin (Ali Suliman) is treating the victims of a suicide bombing. It is promptly revealed that his wife, Siham (Reymond Amsalem), has been killed in the attack, and may have been the perpetrator rather than an innocent victim.

Unsure if his wife has led a double life, Amin tries to figure how — and where — she might have been radicalized. He travels to the Palestinian territories, where he visits Jenin in the West Bank (a site where Palestinians say the Israeli Defense Forces massacred hundreds of civilians) and meets two religious leaders who had close ties to Siham, who has become a martyr.

"For a lot of Arabs it's inconceivable to show the other perspective," said Doueiri, who co-wrote the script with his wife, Joelle Touma, and departed from the novel's bleaker ending. "They expect a film from the region to be extremely demonizing of Israel. And I didn't do that."

He said he had difficulty casting some of the roles, because Palestinian actors didn't want to be involved in the production. Amsalem is a Jewish actress who studied Arabic to play the doctor's wife.

Born in Beirut, the 49-year-old Doueiri was raised during Lebanon's civil war in a secular household by left-wing parents, and "grew up hating Jews and Israel." He said his sworn enemy was the Christian militia, which had aligned itself with Israel. "I was willing to kill when I was young," he said.



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He eventually left to study in the U.S., graduating from San Diego State University, where he started to change his views about Israel after seeing the Holocaust documentary "Night and Fog." His personal and political transformation was capped by a visit to the Holy Land. "Suddenly, all of your ideas of the Israeli demons are demystified," he said.

He said he wasn't interested in making another movie about the Middle East — "West Beirut" was semi-autobiographical — until he read Khadra's book, written in French. It took years to secure rights to and adapt the novel, which is told in the first person, and attract financing.

A challenge in adapting the book was explaining Siham's motivations. "We kept coming up with so many reasons to narrow her down," he said. "But the more explanations we gave her, the more banal she became. What mattered to us is not why she did it, but what Amin learns on his journey."

He said he has been both disappointed and surprised by some of the reaction "The Attack" has generated, even if the reviews of the film have been very favorable. "I am not taking a very radical stand on terrorism," he said.

The Arab League ban was not limited to commercial theaters, Doueiri said. He said his wife was warned that if she proceeded with a screening for friends in Beirut she would be arrested. "So we canceled it," he said.

Doueiri said he was frustrated that Arab moviegoers, who he thinks have much to gain in seeing the film, will be able to see "The Attack" only via pirated DVDs. "This is what is most frustrating," he said. "These are the people who could understand that there are two sides to the conflict."

All the same, Doueiri said he was grateful that his financiers in Qatar and Egypt didn't read the novel or the screenplay before putting up a combined $1.1 million toward the film's budget.

"We got away with it — we made the film," the director said. "Had they read the book or script, I would never be sitting here."

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