Anti-Israel TV show angers Palestinians

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Dr. Philip Bliss

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Anti-Israel TV show angers Palestinians
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH The Jerusalem Post 06/04/2010 03:45

Female prisoners outraged by IDF soldiers' "rape" scenes.

Even the Palestinians are opposed to an anti-Israel Turkish television
series that is being aired these days on two popular Arab satellite

The 13-episode Separation: Palestinian in Love and in War (Cry of Stones) is
about a Palestinian family that leaves for a vacation to Jordan, only to
return to a home that had been demolished by the IDF.

The drama, which was first broadcast on Turkey’s state television last
October, depicts IDF soldiers as cold-blooded murderers and rapists.

The Turkish drama, which has strained relations between Turkey and Israel,
has also enraged many Palestinians, especially female prisoners held in
Israeli jails.

The inmates are particularly outraged over scenes showing IDF soldiers
“raping” a Palestinian women.

“This film defames the female prisoners and their struggles in occupation
prisons,” the prisoners said in a statement. “We call on the producer of
this Turkish drama to apologize to the Palestinian people for the scene
which shows Israeli soldiers raping a Palestinian female prisoner called

The statement said that the scene has nothing to do with reality. They also
condemned the scene where the family of the “rape victim” kills her upon her
release from Israeli jail.

“Palestinian families have always embraced their daughters when they are
released from prison,” the women said. “We see this [drama] as an attempt to
defame the image of Palestinian female prisoners and as a public insult to
the Palestinian people. This film serves only the occupation.”

The statement strongly denied the accusation made in the Turkish series
according to which Palestinian women are raped in Israeli prisons.

“Those who think that a Palestinian female prisoner is raped when she’s
arrested are living in an illusion and are mistaken,” the female prisoners
said. “There has never been such a case. Nor have we heard of a Palestinian
family that killed their daughter after her release.”

The women also called on the Saudi-owned MBC network to stop broadcasting
the Turkish series immediately.

Palestinian Authority officials have also expressed outrage over the drama,
dubbing it “offensive” and “detached from reality.”
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