Now playing at the UN

At the UN, they are observing International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. I bet you thought every year at the UN was in solidarity with the “Palestinian people,” but no. Two thousand fourteen is special. Stop the UN — I want to get off.

They are observing the International Year of Solidarity in a big way at UN headquarters in New York City. Anne Bayefsky writes to draw our attention to the screening of a film there on May 21 in which Israel is depicted as a green monster that attacks a kite created by hapless Palestinian children just yearning for freedom. Filmmaker Nitin Sawhney unabashedly explained to his UN audience: “The dragon was an Israeli gunship and the kite became the persona of the child trying to deal with that.” The imagery is drawn from Nazi propaganda.

Anne notes that the film was advertised by the UN as “a documentary on Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip.” The event was organized by the “Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People,” created in 1975 to implement the notorious Zionism-is-racism General Assembly resolution and apparently still going strong in 2014. Anne has more on the film here.

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