Israel’s government has reacted angrily to Netflix over a recent Jordanian film that they claim denigrates the military and its participation in the 1948 War that resulted in Israel’s Independence.
A historical drama depicting the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe,” as the Palestinians refer to the events that led to the establishment of the State of Israel, “Farha,” Jordan’s submission for the Academy Awards’ best international film category.
In the movie, a Palestinian youngster imprisoned in a storage space sees an Israeli army unit massacre a family.
Among the victims are a baby, two young children, and a toddler.
The film made its Netflix debut on Thursday, and the famous Jaffa theater Al Saraya Theatre was going to show it.
Darin Sallam, the film’s director, has said that she based the story on a Palestinian refugee’s twice-removed real-life account from 1948 who ended up in Syria.
Israel, meanwhile, has criticized the movie and its creators for what it claims is an unjust portrayal of the IDF.
According to Israeli Finance Minister Avidgor Lieberman, it is absurd that Netflix produced a movie whose sole goal is to incite jeering at IDF soldiers.
According to Lieberman, the choice of a cultural institution funded by the State of Israel to screen the film above is already intolerable.
According to Israeli law, the finance minister may withhold funding from any cultural institution that observes Israel’s Independence Day as a day of mourning unless the theater cancels its plans to screen the movie.
Chili Tropper, the outgoing culture minister, also criticized the movie, calling it “false conspiracies against IDF soldiers.”
In response, “Farhaproducers “issued a statement claiming that the Israeli government had started a campaign of misinformation against the movie.
According to Sallam and the producers Deema Azar and Ayeh Jadaneh, “These attempts to stifle our voices as Semite/Arabs and as women filmmakers to degrade us and prohibit us from presenting our experiences, our narrative, and our reality are against any freedom of speech.”