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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Outrage: The cold truth about 'Hot House'

I have discussed 'Hot House,' the 'documentary' about 'Palestinian' terrorists in Israel's prisons featuring Sbarro murderer Ahlam Tamimi here, here and here. Today, Frimet Roth, whose daughter Malki HY"D was murdered at Sbarro's, writes an op-ed in Haaretz that exposes the cold truth about 'Hot House.' As an Israeli taxpayer, I am outraged.
Shimon Dotan, the Romanian-born former Israeli who made "Hot House," says the Prisons Service freely admitted him to half a dozen prisons across Israel over the course of a year. The authorities deserve a "certificate of honor," he says, for their permissiveness, adding: "It is difficult for me to say that, and I don't want to brag about it."

His film exposes astonishing aspects of life behind bars in Israel where convicted Palestinian terrorists enjoy country-club-like conditions. They all have access to Israeli and Palestinian radio, television and newspapers. Cells, shared with terror-group cronies, are equipped with their choice of colorful rugs and wall hangings. Cooking facilities allow them to indulge their personal culinary tastes. They enjoy bi-weekly family visits. They are free to hone their political skills, conduct internal elections and nurture their political careers. Prison garb is waived; women sport Islamic attire, down to the colorful silk scarves my daughter's murderer favors. Prayer halls are available for the free practice of the very faith that inspired their crimes. And as the film points out, many of them earn, at the Israeli citizen's expense, university degrees. In Israel, the death penalty is never applied to terrorists.

No one in the Prisons Service challenges this absurd state of affairs.

"Hot House" could have been used to counter the rampant disinformation about Israel's treatment of Palestinian prisoners. Yet nothing was farther from the producers' minds.

Dotan, who has resided in the U.S. and Canada for several years, missed one of Israel's most harrowing periods. Yet he says his motive is to "make Israelis understand the issue of Palestinian prisoners [and] think we are doing exactly the same things [to the Palestinians] in their civilian life. We owe them empathy." Dotan is not alone in his conviction that to defend yourself against murderers is no different than murder. Many Israelis espouse and express this perverted morality.

In Israel, as in any authentic democracy, everyone may freely voice his views. Yet "Hot House" goes beyond free speech. It was primarily underwritten by Israeli government sources - not Dotan's personal funds. In other words, by us taxpayers. The New Foundation for Film and Television was established in 1993 to essentially support the production of documentary films. With 60 percent of its budget, millions of shekels annually, coming from the Education, Culture and Sports Ministry, this foundation was a primary source of the film's budget.
Fellow Israelis, do you understand? WE are paying for this 'film' to be made, marketed and promoted worldwide so that the naive westerners will feel more sympathy for the 'Palestinians.' We are paying for Israelis and other westerners to empathize with 'Palestinian' terrorists in Israeli prisons. Are you not outraged? Think about that as the corrupt government takes 48% of your next paycheck.

Believe it or not, Hot House may soon be coming to a theater near you. If it does, you may want to consider picketing rather than paying admission:
Consider one of the human beings they have chosen to profile: my daughter's murderer. Dotan says he sat with her for two hours, having a "gripping" conversation. He asked whether she knew how many children had perished in the bombing of Sbarro. Smiling, as she generally does, she guessed "three." "It was eight," Dotan corrected her. She seemed delighted and smiled again, asking, "really?"

Dotan and his fellow producers are marketing this film aggressively throughout the world. If it hasn't yet, "Hot House" will undoubtedly reach a theater near you soon. Before entering the building, please consider this:

You will be bringing this evil creature, Tamimi, untold pleasure. Dotan says she was keen to publicize her views.

You will pad the bank accounts of individuals who revile Israel.

And you may emerge convinced that this film conveys a balanced picture of the entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A film without a single appearance by a victim of the terrorists. Not one photograph. Not even one name.
Read the whole thing.


At 12:51 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Prison is supposed to be punishment, so if we won't execute the terrorists, why not give the gaol, a la the state of Maine circa 1820:

At sunrise, the prisoner gets a shovel, is marched 30 yards into an open field, and told to dig a hole. He has until sunset, at which time he gets in the hole, and spends his sentence there.

The record, in Maine, was 8 months. Let's see the palis try and beat that.

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Haven't you heard? All these prisoners get released early and have to be in great shape to smile for the camera.

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Outrageous alright, I think I'll stick with the excellent HonestReporting film "Relentless" instead, where among other things they go on a tour of the Sbarro "exhibit." The well-produced "Relentless" basically is an analysis of the measures of Israel to comply with Oslo to create an environment conducive for peace, in contrast to the Palestinians, who through their actions, words, and deeds--all documented in the movie--flaunt their noncompliance and intransigence. This is the kind of message that needs to be getting out.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger nachtwache said...

Sounds as if Israeli prisons are even more comfortable than Canadian ones and they're known to be pretty nice. We can't hurt the criminals now, can we? Unfortunately, many don't respect a society that's trying to be kind, they see it as weakness.
Especially if people come from a culture that has no respect for human rights.


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