MembersAmira and the Controversy of the Israeli Seed

Why Palestinians opposed a movie about their own “freedom children” being presented at the Oscars

By Rami Dabbas | | Topics: palestinians
Palestinians were outraged by a new Jordanian film that casts a shadow of doubt over their beloved "freedom children." Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

Amira is a tragic tale of Palestinian “freedom fighters” (aka jailed terrorists), and it was poised to grab the world’s attention as a leading candidate for Best Foreign Picture at the upcoming Academy Awards. That is until the Palestinians themselves lobbied to have the film withdrawn from the Oscar race.

Why would they do that? Aren’t the Palestinians all about getting the international community to acknowledge theirs as the most important nationalistic struggle in the world?

Amira highlights the phenomenon of Palestinian terrorists jailed by Israel smuggling their sperm out to spouses and thus fathering children while incarcerated. These children are then celebrated by society at large as the offspring of heroes.

But in Amira, which was written and produced by Jordanian filmmakers, something goes wrong. The Israeli guard who is bribed to smuggle the sperm out of the prison replaces it with his own seed.

To better understand why Palestinians were so opposed...

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