Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Palestinian mastermind of Munich has a few words for movie, Israel

Mohammed Daoud planned Black September's attack on the Israeli Olympic team in Munich in 1972, and time hasn't cooled his fervor much.

Daoud recently granted a rare interview with the Western press (specifically, Reuters), and showed about zero regret for his actions.

"We did not target Israeli civilians," he said. "Some of them (the athletes) had taken part in wars and killed many Palestinians. Whether a pianist or an athlete, any Israeli is a soldier."

This is, of course, a slightly softer way of saying, "Every Israeli must be killed or driven out of the Middle East."

A quote regarding the movie and Spielberg's statement that it his "prayer for peace": "Spielberg showed the movie to widows of the Israeli victims, but he neglected the families of Palestinian victims," said Daoud. "How many Palestinian civilians were killed before and after Munich?"

Spielberg, by the way, insists that he tried hard to present a "fair and balanced look at the Palestinians involved in the story." Judging by the harsh reaction the film has received from some quarters in Israel, it appears that he succeeded. When the Israeli right wing starts complaining about the "humanizing" of terrorists, you're probably seeing a pretty accurate portrayal.

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