Israel: Arabische Stadt will Film verbieten lassen

lieral_muslims„Israel’s second-largest Arab city asked the Culture Ministry to ban the screening of a new film about a conservative Muslim woman who gets swept up in the liberal lifestyle of Arabs in Tel Aviv. On Sunday, the cultural arm of Umm al-Fahm’s city hall wrote a letter to the Culture Ministry, asking that the movie ‚In Between‘ – which premiered on January 5 – be removed from all Israeli theaters. ‚In Between‘ (in Arabic ‚Bar Bahar‘ and in Hebrew ‚Lo Po Vi Lo Sham‘) tells the story of a young, religious Muslim woman who moves to Israel’s fast-moving coastal city, becoming the roommate of two secular, party-loving Arab women — a criminal defense lawyer originally from Nazareth whose family is secular Muslim, and a DJ from a Christian family.

In the letter to the ministry, the municipality argued the film is ‚propaganda‘ that ‚distorts the traditional, conservative, and religious lifestyle in Arab society.‘ It further argued the film ‚in its essence is offensive, is offensive to the religion of Islam and to the residents of Umm al-Fahm in particular.‘ The letter to the municipality was co-signed by the Islamic Council, the most senior Muslim body in Israel.“ (Dov Lieber: „Arab-Israeli city seeks countrywide ban on film about liberal Arabs in Tel Aviv“)

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