Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Steven Spielberg Munich film pisses off everyone.

Entertainment: Now including the guy behind the terrorist attack in 1972. Why is he still alive?

GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympics raid, in which 11 Israeli athletes died, said director Steven Spielberg should have consulted him about a new film on the episode to be sure to get the story right. In an irony worthy of a John le Carre novel, Mohammad Daoud echoed veterans of Israel's Mossad spy service in questioning the sources used for "Munich," a thriller chronicling the massacre and the Israeli revenge assassinations that followed. "I know nothing about this film. If someone really wanted to tell the truth about what happened he should talk to the people involved, people who know the truth," Daoud told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location in the Middle East. "Were I contacted, I would tell the truth," Daoud said. As planner for Black September, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) splinter group, Daoud sent gunmen to abduct Israeli athletes at the 1972 Games. Two hostages were killed in the raid, another nine during a botched rescue by German police. Daoud blames Israel and West German authorities for the deaths. ....Spielberg is best known in Israel for his Holocaust epic "Schindler's List," which ends with a stirring scene of survivors seeking new lives in the nascent Jewish state. He has vowed that "Munich" will be sensitive to all sides. "Viewing Israel's response to Munich through the eyes of the men who were sent to avenge that tragedy adds a human dimension to a horrific episode that we usually think about only in political or military terms," Spielberg said in a statement. An Israeli actress cast in the film confirmed press reports that it is based, at least partly, on "Vengeance," a book on the reprisals campaign that has been widely discredited. "I am surprised that a director like him has chosen, out of all the sources, to rely on this particular book," retired Mossad chief Zvi Zamir told Israel's Haaretz daily in July. The ex-spook's view was supported by ex-guerrilla Daoud. "I read 'Vengeance'. It is full of mistakes," he said.
You have Tony Kushner writing the screenplay, this is politically correct, sensitive liberal blubber movie of the "Can't we all get along" variety.

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