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Woody Allen Brunt of Rape Joke at Cannes Ceremony [video]

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy? Comedian and filmmaker Woody Allen on Wednesday became the target of much hilarity at the 69th Cannes Film Festival opening night which featured the premiere of his new film Café Society, The Independent reported. Master of Ceremonies Laurent Lafitte, known for playing the role of Antoine in the 2010 film Little White Lies, rolled up the old sexual allegations against Allen and against another Jewish filmmaker, Roman Polanski, into one unkind joke:

“You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe, and yet in the US you haven’t even been convicted of rape,” Lafitte said, and the audience responded in shocked gasps.

See, Polish Jewish director Roman Polanski, whose film The Pianist won the Palme d’Or in 2002, fled the US in 1977 after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in California. Polanski had to live and work mostly in France and can never return to America, unless he’d like to sample the local prison system.

Woody Allen, for his part, faced accusations of pedophilia in 1992 after Dylan, his seven-year-old daughter, had told his ex-wife Mia Farrow that he molested her. Farrow filed charges with the police, but the case was dropped in 1993 after a probe by a police-appointed medical team concluded that Dylan had not been molested. Allen also admitted to having an affair with Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, whom he later married, in 1997.

“Thank you for coming tonight, sir,” Lafitte told Allen, “although it’s the least you could do. Your film isn’t even in competition. What’s the worst that could happen? …Or that it’s not as good as Manhattan?”

Woody Allen’s Manhattan was met with widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Mariel Hemingway and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Allen and for Marshall Brickman. Its North American box office receipts of $39.9 million made it Allen’s second biggest box office hit, after Annie Hall.

So it looks like the French have just learned the art of the Roast and are still not so adept at it. Where’s Don Rickles when you need him?

David Israel

Watch full Version: Knesset ‘Songs in their Memory’ Event Honoring Israel’s Fallen [video]

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

On Tuesday, the eve of the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, the Knesset held the “Songs in their Memory” event in the presence of President Reven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and hundreds of members of bereaved families.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Welfare Minister Haim Katz, Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich recited poems.

Israeli dignitaries at the memorial wall to the IDF fallen / Photo credit: Itzik Harari, Knesset Public Relations Division

Israeli dignitaries at the memorial wall to the IDF fallen / Photo credit: Itzik Harari, Knesset Public Relations Division

The ceremony also featured performances by Shiri Meimon, Ninet Tayeb, Harel Skaat, Idan Haviv, Chief IDF Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, Uziya Tzadok and military bands.

The main national event on the eve of the Day of Remembrance was a joint initiative of the Knesset, Ministry of Defense’s Families and Commemoration Department and the National Insurance Institute’s Division for Terror Victims.

During the event, the stories of the following fallen soldiers and terror victims were told:

Yair Engel and Matan Polivoda, the Shayetet 13 soldiers who were killed in a diving accident;

Ben Vanunu, who was killed in Operation Protective Edge;

Abie Moses, who lost his wife and son and suffered severe burns during a terror attack near Alfei Menashe;

Lt. Col. Daniel Shipenbauer, the pilot who was awarded a citation for an operation in August 2006 and was killed in the helicopter crash in Romania;

Dafna Meir, who was stabbed to death in front of her teenage daughter inside their home in Otniel;

Border Police Cpl. Hadar Cohen, who was murdered during a terror attack at Damascus Gate outside of Jerusalem’s Old City after preventing the death of a fellow officer.

JNi.Media

Samaria Jews Protest Being Skipped Over by Airshow on Independence Day [video]

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Yossi Dagan, head of the Shomron Municipal Council, has sent a letter of protest to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) over the fact that his region, Samaria, is being regularly ignored by the celebrated Air Force flyover airshow that seems to reach many other parts of Israel. Year in and year out, the track for the flight of every type of new and old aircraft in the air force’s arsenal, reaches Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and several additional cities in northern and southern Israel, but never Samaria (or Judea, incidentally). The flight also skips many of the “periphery” towns in Israel.

“I would like to reveal to you the frustration of many Israeli citizens because of this airshow. Unfortunately, for dozens of years the path of the flyover airshow has not been altered, and not all the citizens of Israel get a chance to enjoy it. This despite the fact that it is a national flyover, paid for by all of our taxes, and, more important, bears a national meaning for all of us,” wrote Dagan.

“If our sons are good enough to lead fighting units, if our communities are strong enough to stand up to terrorism, then it could be assumed that we, too, deserve to enjoy the national symbols of the celebration of Independence Day,” Dagan concluded.

JNi.Media

“With These Hands” – Nefesh B’Nefesh 2016 Yom Ha’atzmaut Video

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Presented in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut 2016, Israel’s 68th Independence Day, “With these Hands” features veteran Israelis and new arrivals, from war hero to farmer, teacher to midwife, each building Israel in their own way.

Video of the Day

‘Support Israel — Leave Europe’ Campaign Encourages Brits to Drop EU Ties [video]

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A group of concerned British ex-pats and Israelis has launched a public campaign to encourage pro-Israel Britons to “vote leave” in the upcoming EU Referendum.

The “Support-Israel — Leave Europe” website focuses on four major reasons why Zionists should oppose the EU and seek to weaken it by encouraging Britain to leave. The first reason is the fact that the EU has spent millions on aid money to the Arabs, much of which has ended-up in the hands of convicted terrorist murderers, including those who brutally killed five members of the Fogel family. Second, the illegal EU funded building of more than 1,000 structures for Arabs across Area C in an attempt to establish a de-facto Palestinian State. Third, the recent EU directive encouraging the labeling of Israeli goods made in Judea and Samaria, which amounts to state-sponsored anti-Semitism. Fourth, the hundreds of anti-Israel NGOs that receive hundreds of millions of pounds directly and indirectly from the European Union in an effort to de-legitimize the Jewish State.

Ari Briggs, international director of land monitoring and legal advocacy NGO Regavim, explained the rationale behind the campaign: “For decades the European Union has meddled in Israeli affairs to the detriment of the Jewish State. For thousands of Israel supporters in the United Kingdom and ex-pats around the globe, it’s pay back time. We call on everyone that supports Israel to “vote leave’ and deal a major blow to this mammoth bureaucracy that has an unhealthy obsession with Israel.”

“We encourage all eligible ex-pats in Israel and elsewhere to make sure they are on the electoral registry before the June 7 deadline to ensure they can vote,” Briggs added, saying “all the information needed is provided on our website: supportisraelleaveeurope.com

Regavim is dedicated to ensuring responsible, legal and accountable use of Israel’s national land. By investigating claims on the ground level, Regavim protects national land interests, presenting its findings in the form of white papers and legal action, in addition to briefing the press and diplomatic corps.

JNi.Media

Netanyahu Condemns ‘Outrageous’ Deputy Chief of Staff’s Speech [video]

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

In a break with the longstanding tradition according to which political leaders avoid criticizing the military in public, Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the Sunday morning cabinet meeting with a resounding rebuke of IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan’s speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day. The speech, in which Galon said he sees in today’s Israel and among his subordinates in the IDF evidence of events that took place in Europe before the Holocaust, “was an injustice against the State of Israel and a cheapening of the memory of the Holocaust,” Netanyahu said, adding that “the comparison which rises from the Deputy Chief of Staff’s words is outrageous, and factually wrong. They should not have been said.”

“If there’s one thing which frightens me regarding the memory of the Holocaust, it’s identifying the blood curdling processes that took place in Germany and in the rest of Europe “70, 80, and 90 years ago, and discovering evidence of their taking place here, among us, in 2016,” Golan told an audience that included Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) who almost had a stroke. And when the Deputy Chief of the Jewish army added that his gripe is over the “purity of our weapons” (a uniquely Israeli term, dating back to the pre-state years, meaning when Jews use their weapons they must do so ethically) it was obvious he wasn’t referring to soccer hooliganism — he accused the IDF of harboring Nazi-like individuals.

The open rebuke was a deadly jibe at Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who defended and supported Golan’s speech and the sentiments he noted, and who spent a long hour Wednesday night debating with the PM who demanded an all out apology from Golan. Instead of a direct apology at the time, the best Ya’alon could come up with was a press release from the IDF Spokesperson’s office, which denied the allegation that the Deputy Chief had compared “unsettling phenomena” inside the IDF with events in Nazi Germany that preceded the Holocaust. But as JNi pointed out at the time, Golan absolutely made the comparison, as could be read plainly in the transcript of the speech.

The fact that a commander who compares the IDF to the Nazis may be considered to replace the current chief of staff, is yet another brick in a strangely anti-Jewish and even anti-Zionist wall being erected by the IDF leadership in recent years. The new Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, has removed Jewish education from the hands of the IDF rabbinate and handed it to HR, which in turn made it the purview of the left-leaning Education Corps; the same HR has also initiated a directive against letting Jewish soldiers grow beards, and belittled in a public speech the rabbinic principle of “He who rises to kill you, kill him first,” calling it merely a metaphor and not a moral principle. Ya’alon for his part keeps Jews in prison for many months without charges, and uses brute force to evict Jewish dwellers from their homes — while permitting widespread illegal Arab dwellings. All of the above, besides being nasty jabs against religious Zionism, are also associating Netanyahu and his government with the Israeli left’s agenda, which is tantamount to political suicide for the Likud and its leader.

“The Duputy Chief is an officer of great merit,” the PM concluded, “But what he said in this matter was completely erroneous and unacceptable to me.”

Whether or not the meritorious Golan decide to draw his own conclusions and jump under the bus, or be pushed there at a later date, Netanyahu has don what he could to disassociate himself from the high ranking officer’s infuriating message. And whether or not Ya’alon would see Sunday’s unusual attack by the PM as a message regarding his own political future in the Likud should be the subject of speculation in the weeks to come.

JNi.Media

Iranian Filmmaker Awaiting 233 lashes Sentence over Documentary [video]

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Iranian independent filmmaker of Kurdish origin Keywan Karimi, 33, was sentenced back in 2015 to 223 lashes for his documentary, “Writing on the City,” about graffiti in the capital Tehran. “Writing on the City” is a 60 minutes documentary film Karimi produced in 2012 and completed in August 2015, which has never been shown to Iranian audiences, other than its trailer on YouTube. It has since been shown at film festivals in France, Spain and Switzerland.

Hamid Dabashi, author and Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University called the film “an excellent documentary on the evolution of graffiti in Tehran over the last three decades plus,” and said that “Keywan had brought the narrative of those graffiti down to the aftermath of the Green Movement of 2008 with an acute sense of history and aesthetics.”

And Belgian writer Raoul Vaneigem wrote, “The wall is a mirror / A mirror of the house, of the city, of the world / Reflections of every shape and form stream by it as clouds do in the sky / We have learned to go through the mirror so what was closed will open up / The freedom of the walls breaks down the prison walls / When reality is unveiled, dreams become reality / Under the clothing of creeds and of ideas, what is lived is always bare / Then nothing more conceals a human being from himself / Someday the walls will have the transparency of our desires.”

Understandably, Iran’s authorities were not amused. In December 2013, the Revolutionary Guard showed up at Keywan’s house with an arrest warrant. They took him, his hard drives and other confiscated materials to Evin Prison where he was interrogated and kept in solitary confinement for two weeks. He was released three weeks later on $100,000 bail. After eight court appearances over two years, on October 13, 2015, Keywan was sentenced by the Islamic Revolutionary Court to six years imprisonment and 223 lashings for “propagating against the ruling system” and “insulting religious sanctities.”

Five out of the six years’ sentence were suspended in response to international protest, that included Iranian directors including Jafar Panahi (Taxi Tehran), who also spent time behind bars courtesy of the Islamic State, and exile Mohsen Makhmalbaf (The President).

Nevertheless, the prison authorities are now demanding that Karimi’s punishment of 233 lashes be carried out. “I am waiting for them to come for me,” he told AFP this week. “The support I have received helps break the solitude and solidarity from the film world also warms my heart.” He added that “the fact that my artistic activity is seen as an act of political opposition says a lot about the situation in Iran.”

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