Friday, November 18, 2005

Times Critic Laments Palestinian 'Oppression'

New York Times film critic Stephen Holden today reviews "Private," an Italian indie move on the Israel-Palestinian dispute that -- surprise, surprise -- portrays Israeli soldiers as monsters and Palestinians as victimized, peace-loving and generally just lovely people.

Winding up his equally predictable rave review, the film critic-global strategist Holden tosses in the following Counterpunch-worthy propaganda:

Upstairs in the rooms occupied by the soldiers, their commander. . . copes with the same challenges to his authority as those faced by [the Palestinian hero]. But "Private" also shows the human instinct to fight oppression, even if that rebellion risks disaster. It's what oppressed people do.

Isn't it nice how you can find gratuitous Israel-bashing in just about every part of the Times, even its film columns?

I'm sending a copy of this item to the Empty Suit, New York Times spokesman (a/k/a/ "public editor") Barney Calame.

Hey, Barney! Something else for you to ignore, while you hunt for trivia that makes the Times look good.