Photo Credit: Canadian Film Board trailer: screenshot
Israeli filmmaker Ziv Ilan speaks in trailer of his film shown in Canada but yanked in Britain by the BBC

An Israeli-born filmmaker has charged that the British Broadcasting Corp. pulled his documentary on the Jewish exodus from Jerusalem in 70 A.D., displaying “a mixture of incompetence, political naïveté, conscious or subconscious political pressure.”

Ilan Ziv wrote on a blog that the BBC showed “a lack of courage of broadcasters when they are faced with the complexity of the Middle East issue and the intense emotions, fears and aggression it generates.”

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The documentary “Exile: A Myth Unearthed” theorizes that many Jews did not leave Jerusalem after the destruction of the Temple, and that many modern-day Palestinians may be in part descended from those Jews.

The BBC had been scheduled to show the documentary, cut and renamed “Jerusalem: an Archaeological Mystery Story,” late last week before it was taken off the schedule at the last minute.

The film was screened for a week at the Jewish Film Festival in Toronto, was shown on Canadian TV and is scheduled to be shown in France and Switzerland.

The BBC told The London Guardian that it dropped the film because it did “not fit editorially” with the tone of the season, which has a theme exploring the history of archaeology.

Simon Plosker of the HonestReporting media watchdog group wrote in his blog that the BBC may have been “more concerned at upsetting anti-Israel elements by showing a film with such a heavy concentration on Jewish history in the Land of Israel.”

Below are two videos. The first is a trailer of the film from the Canadian National Film Board, and the second is a report form JN1 on the BBC‘s action.




Exile – A Myth Unearthed by Ilan Ziv, National Film Board of Canada

 

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

6 COMMENTS

  1. The fact is 1,100,000 jews were slaughtered or died of hunger during the Roman siege under general Titus. The 97,000 survivors were taken into slavery where many died in roman coliseums. The destruction of Jerusalem was foretold by Jesus in Matt. 23:37,38 and Luke 19:41-44 and confirmed by Josephus, the jewish historian who was an eyewitness of the devastation of Jerusalem.

  2. Could it be that the BBC is fearful of the backlash from Arabs, who will be angry at hearing that many of them could indeed be Jewish? Imagine what that could do to their paradigm of hatred. Though one might think it could make them happy, as the land they so badly want would truthfully be theirs, and they could cease from their thievery of the land. They would also now have a cultural, historical basis for their lives without having to make one up. But how would they know which they were- Jewish or Arab?

  3. many palestinians actually infact are Jewish, many jews where forced to convert to Islam…and so many jews stayed in the holy land…and today some muslims practice judaism in secret, The Romans drove the jews out of Jerusalem, and then renamed it Palestine.

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