web analytics
August 29, 2015 / 14 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


It’s My Opinion: A Propaganda Piece

South-Florida-logo

The South Florida area is quite cosmopolitan and often hosts an array of cultural events including art shows and festivals, indie and foreign films. A movie presented in French, Hebrew and Arabic (with English subtitles) running in a small theater in North Miami Beach recently piqued my interest.

The premise of “The Other Son” seemed compelling. The film is a story of two babies who were born in a Haifa hospital during the first Gulf War. The boys were accidentally switched by nurses after being taken to a shelter. One of the mothers was an Israeli Jew. One was a Palestinian Arab. A routine blood test, taken by the boy raised as a Jew, showed that he could not be the couple’s biological son. The teenager had been preparing for his stint in the army.

The idea of loving a youngster for 18 years and then finding out he is not your biological child is daunting. Parenting is defined as nurturing and protecting, yet the bond with a child that is conceived, carried and birthed is incredibly unique. The dilemma was exacerbated by the fact that the two boys grew up in homes that were at odds with the cultural and religious values of their birth families.

I saw the film with a friend. Both of our husbands viewed the movie as a “chick flick” and refused to go. I was buoyed by reports of acquaintances who had seen the show. They all gave it rave reviews. I anticipated a thought-provoking evening.

The movie did prove to be thought provoking, but in a very different way from what I anticipated. From beginning to end, at times subtly and at times blatantly, the film was a pro-Palestinian propaganda piece.

The older brother of the boy raised as an Arab speaks about the Israelis (Jews) who came and “stole” Arab land. Except for one very brief exchange between the fathers, the other side of the story is never told. The entire movie depicts Arabs in a sympathetic light. Israelis are portrayed negatively.

The beleaguered Arabs move through humiliating checkpoints where they endure armed IDF soldiers. It seems to be a needlessly punitive and mean-spirited ordeal.

The Arab family and their entire community are pillars of virtue but are forced to live in squalor in the West Bank. The Jewish family is well to do and connected and lives comfortably in Tel Aviv.

The boy raised by the Jewish family has thoughts of becoming a musician, though he is currently selling ice cream on the beach. He obviously doesn’t care about working hard. The son that the Arab family raised is about to enter medical school. He takes over the ice cream route of the “other son,” hustles and earns good money, which he turns over to his mother. The Arab father, it seems, is impoverished. He is an engineer but is forced to work as a mechanic because of Israeli restrictions.

The skewed plot could not have been more biased. I was shocked, not by the movie’s theme but by the well-meaning Jewish friends who had recommended the film. They apparently did not realize they had seen a ploy clearly intended for manipulating opinion.

Disinformation delivered by media, whether a newspaper, television broadcast or even a movie, is dangerous. Erroneous information presented in an authoritative manner and repeated with unrelenting fervor often becomes accepted as the truth.

The Jewish people have maintained a continuous presence in Israel for over 3,000 years. It is the Jewish homeland. Yes, there are Arabs living in the area, but there is no “Palestinian people.” The term is a recent invention. Palestine was, until recent times, a synonym for Israel. The Jerusalem Post was originally called “The Palestine Post.”

It is important to think. It is important to question. It is important to know the real history of Israel and the Jewish people and not mindlessly give credence to the distorted narrative that has become so widely and incorrectly accepted as fact.

About the Author: Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “It’s My Opinion: A Propaganda Piece”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Swiss Amb. to Iran Giulo Haas presents his credentials to Iranian Pres. Rouhani
‘US and Iranian Cartoon Doves’ Shown Defecating on Bibi by Swiss Amb to Iran
Latest Sections Stories
book-Lord-Get-Me-High

Even when our prayers are ignored and troubles confront us, Rabbi Shoff teaches that it is the same God who sent the difficulties as who answered our prayers before.

Schonfeld-logo1

I’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding bullies, friendship and learning disabilities.

book-Avi's-Choice

His parents make it clear that they feel the right thing is for Avi to visit his grandfather, but they leave it up to him.

There is a rich Jewish history in this part of the world. Now the hidden customs are being revealed, as many seek to reconnect with their roots.

There are times when a psychiatrist will over-medicate, which is why it’s important to find a psychiatrist whom you trust and feel comfortable with.

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder created one of the most famous, and valuable, pieces of film and became forever linked with one of the greatest American national tragedies when he stood with his camera on an elevated concrete abutment as President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Exhibited here is […]

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom I’ve been thinking a lot about worrying. Anxiety is an issue close to my heart – […]

Don’t be afraid to try something different.

Upon meeting the Zionist delegation, General Wu, a recent convert to Christianity, said, “You are my spiritual brothers.

With the assistance of Mr. Tress, Private Moskowitz tried tirelessly to become an army chaplain.

Dr. Yael Respler is taking a well-deserved vacation this week and asked Eilon Even-Esh to share some thoughts with her readers in her stead.

More Articles from Shelley Benveniste
South-Florida-logo

“The OU Southeast regional office’s goals are synonymous with the broader mission of the Orthodox Union,” said Naftali.

Links of Life is a unique volunteer program designed to bring cheer and companionship into the lives of seniors throughout Broward and Dade counties. Designed for seniors living on their own as well as seniors in assisted living facilities, Links of Life pairs caring friends to visit on a weekly basis. They share experiences, spend quality […]

There was not even a flicker of outrage at the vandalizing of a synagogue.

An impressive group of counselors and staff members are providing the boys and girls with a summer of fun and Torah learning and a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Rabbi Sam Intrator recently led a summer program in Williams Island, located in Aventura. The event focused on how to find spiritual joy in Judaism. The rabbi cited biblical and Talmudic teachings, ancient Temple rituals, and the words of prayers to establish the role that love and positive thinking have in Torah values. Rabbi Intrator […]

The Iranian deal was sealed on July 14, four and a half months after Netanyahu’s visit. The details of the agreement were shocking and worse than anyone had imagined.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/south-florida/its-my-opinion-a-propaganda-piece/2013/01/04/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: