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February 24, 2013 9:36 pm

IDF Reservists Fight Back Against ‘Inciting’ Oscar-Nominated Film

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A screen grab from the Web video "Five Broken Cameras - the real story." Photo: YouTube.

The Israeli NGO Consensus recently launched an online campaign to present a counter-narrative to what it calls “the ongoing incitement against IDF soldiers in the movie ‘5 Broken Cameras,'” as stated by the organization in a statement Sunday.

Consensus, which describes its activists as “Guardians of the IDF spirit,” claims to be a non-political organization; its membership is comprised of hundreds of reserve and non-commissioned IDF officers. Its mission, the statement says, is to protect the IDF’s reputation, its soldiers and its commanders in the public relations and media arenas.

“5 Broken Cameras” is an Oscar-nominated documentary telling the story of a Palestinian activist who covered the Palestinian demonstrations to stop Israel’s construction of the Security Barrier near the town of Bil’in. The film implies that Israel used excessive force to disperse such demonstrations, focusing on Palestinian director Emad Burnat’s video cameras, which are repeatedly damaged as a result of those clashes.

The Israeli group uploaded its response to the movie on YouTube. The clip, “5 Broken Cameras — The Real Story,” is an animated spoof of the Academy Awards ceremony and behind-the-scenes footage from the film. It joins other made-up sequels to Israeli films nominated for international awards in previous years: “Waltz with Bashir—The Murdering Continues,” and “Going Back to Lebanon.”

The clip uses hyperbole to allege that the creators of the two made-up films and the real one (“5 Broken Cameras”) tried to shoot it in such a way that besmirched Israel and manipulated soldiers’ words and actions.

“The movie ‘5 Broken Cameras’ may have been nominated for best documentary [feature film], but it would have been more appropriate had it competed in the category of best propaganda film,” says Col. (res.) Benny Yanay, the head of Consensus. “This movie clearly has an agenda, lacks any objectivity, and has the over-arching goal of hurting the IDF and its troops.”

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  • Yaakov Young

    If everone especially jews would follow the TORAH/bible the whole world would be at peace
    Get all goyem outof Israel and repopulate it with only Jews.
    TORAH, Bamidbar/Numbers 33:50-33:56

  • Raymond in DC

    Most outrageous is that Israeli taxpayers, via the government office promoting the local film industry, helped fund this propaganda.

  • howard brown

    the Consensus film still doesn’t show up on youtube

  • Ida Wax

    I was delighted that two Israeli Films did not even get mentioned last night.

  • Larry miller

    And please don’t post my number!!

  • Israel bashing is fashionable in Hollyweird

  • HaDaR

    Thank God the two Israeli movies did not get any Oscar.
    I guess Hollywood is still more pro-Israel than the Israeli Film Industry, where they do not miss an opportunity to stand on the side of the enemy or to offend 80% of the Israeli population.

  • David Herz

    You post a screenshot of the video, but I don’t find the video on Youtube

  • William Moskowitz

    I searched for the film on youtube but could not locate it. Do you have a link?

    • Shmuel Mendelsohn

      It would not be surprising to learn that YouTube censored it!