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US Show Compares Israeli PM to Taliban

Monday, December 29th, 2014

An American television show has caused offense by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader.

The show Homeland aired an episode in which two characters discussed a fictional Taliban terrorist, with one saying the terrorist had “killed 36 Americans.” The other replied, “Menachem Begin killed 91 British soldiers at the King David hotel before he became prime minister.”

Decades before he was Israel’s prime minister, Begin ran the underground paramilitary group Irgun, which fought to free the fledgling Jewish state from British colonial rule and to defend it against its enemies.

In 1946, Irgun fighters planted bombs in the King David hotel. They then repeatedly called the hotel to warn that bombs had been planted – but the officers who took their call refused to evacuate. The bomb went off with the building still occupied, killing 91 people, 28 of them British citizens.

Begin was not a part of the attack, but accepted responsibility as the head of the group.

Staff at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center slammed Homeland for comparing Begin to a killer. The Irgun repeatedly made efforts to avoid casualties, they argued – a stark contrast to the Taliban.

Homeland recently caused offense in Pakistan due to its depiction of the country’s intelligence services as complicit with terrorism.

Report: NBC Bows to Arabs, Cancels Filming of ‘Dig’ in Jerusalem

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

NBC reportedly has bowed to Palestinian Authority pressure and has cancelled plans to short part of its new “DIG” television series near the Old City in areas of Jerusalem claimed by the PA.

“There was no plan made to film the series in the City of David National Park or in the village of Silwan, furthermore, location scouting and planning will not begin until February 2014, and any decisions regarding possible production sites will be made with respect for all concerned parties,” according to an NBC official quoted by Haaretz.

The statement totally contradicts a previous NBC press release that stated that “the project would be shot in the City of David and present the exciting history of the Old City.”

It appears that NBC is taking lessons from the U.S. State Dept. on how to react to Palestinian Authority pressure.

 

Homeland´s New Season References Argentine Jewish Center Bombing

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

The third season of the television hit “Homeland” will discuss the bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

In the first episode, which is scheduled to air on Sept. 29, CIA agents agree during a meeting on a list of six terrorists who must be captured. A CIA agent presents one of the terrorists, along with a map of Argentina and photos of the AMIA Buenos Aires Jewish center after it exploded on July 19, 1994.

“His name is Maijd Javadi. He is a commander with the Islamic revolutionary guard current deputy minister of his intelligence directory. He hasn’t been seen in public since 1994, when the Mossad identified him as one of the men behind the bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people,” he says about the terrorist.

In reality, Maijd Javadi is not one of the suspects in the bombing, but is an Iranian musician.

News about the attack appearing on “Homeland,” which is modeled after a popular Israeli television series, is spreading through Argentinian social media just one week ahead of the United Nations General Assembly, as local political analysts are speculating about whether the country’s president, Cristina Fernandez, will mention the AMIA bombing and the agreement that the country signed with Iran in order to jointly investigate the 1994 attack. The Iranian parliament has not yet ratified the agreement.

Israeli Inspired ‘Homeland’ Gets Golden Globe for Best Series

Monday, January 14th, 2013

For the second consecutive year, ”Homeland,” the American TV drama has won the Golden Globes Award for Best TV Series. Based on Israel’s Keshet TV series, Hatufim or Kidnapped (meaning Prisoners of War), created by Israeli television director and screenwriter Gideon Raff, Homeland has received universal acclaim and high ratings. The show is internationally broadcast across Europe, Canada and the United Kingdom, where it is particularly popular.

Bestowed by 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes Award recognizes excellence in television and film, since the awards ceremony was first instituted in 1944.

During the 70th Golden Globes ceremony held this past Sunday night, Howard Gordon, the co-creator of Homeland, who had previously developed shows like X-Files and 24, thanked his agent, Rick Rosen for bringing Gideon Raff and Israel’s CEO of Keshet Broadcasting, Avi Nir, to his attention. In his acceptance speech, Gordon acknowledged the Israeli producers, stating that the American version was created thanks to “the Israeli-inspired version of this show.”

Raff and Nir, who are the executive producers of “Homeland” were also on stage during the award ceremony. The Israelity blog reported that Nir pointed out that, because of Homeland, Hollywood had opened its doors to other Israeli productions.

“Thank you to [Gideon] Raff and the Keshet crew for paving the way and allowing an entry visa to Hollywood to other Israeli creators,” said Nir. Two other Israeli shows have been introduced to the US television market including the psychiatric drama, “In Treatment” or “Betipul” in Israel and “Traffic Light” known as “Ramzor.” But “Hatufim”, which was the highest rated drama in Israel, has been the most successful Israeli show in the form of “Homeland” in the United States.

Even U.S. President Barack Obama has described Homeland as one of his favorite TV shows.

The Israeli-inspired “Homeland” deals with the impact of post-September 11 terrorism on the United States and centers on a CIA operative played by Claire Danes and a recently returned American POW, played by British actor, Damian Lewis. Both Lewis and Danes received Golden Globes awards for their acting, with Lewis winning the award for Best Actor in a TV Drama and Danes wining Best Actress in a TV Drama.

In addition to Gordon, Alex Gansa is the other co-creator of Homeland. He told the New York Times back in September, that parts of “Homeland” were filmed in Israel in May 2012 “using the same crew that had done the Israeli version.”

While much of “Homeland” is shot in Charlotte, North Carolina, Gansa said that Israel was chosen for some scene locations during both seasons because “there was a chaos and energy and feeling that anything could happen at any moment, which you are not going to get shooting in Charlotte.”

America’s Showtime network has confirmed that “Homeland” which is produced by Fox 21, has been renewed for a 12-episode third season, with production to take place in the spring.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-inspired-homeland-gets-golden-globe-for-best-series/2013/01/14/

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