The government of Israel and the American Jewish Committee are urging the president of the UN General Assembly not to screen “Miral” today. The film is about an orphaned Palestinian girl and her view of the tensions with Israel, and is slated to be released March 25. The Israeli government called it a “politicized decision” “The film has a clear political message, which portrays Israel in a highly negative light,” AJC Executive Director David Harris wrote in a letter on Friday to Ambassador Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly. He added that the screening of the pic would amount to a “blatantly one-sided event.” The film is being distributed by the Weinstein Co. and is directed by Julian Schnabel. “The whole point is because I’m an American Jew, and that’s why it touched me because it’s a big part of my life,” Schnabel told the BBC. “It’s important for Muslims to hear that, it’s important for Jewish people to hear that, and for Israel and for people everywhere.”
Out of Context: This certainly won’t make much difference to conservatives out to eliminate federal funding, but NPR’s David Folkenflik reports that some of the most provocative statements made by fund-raising chief Ron Schiller in the “sting” video were actually taken out of context in the version that was most widely released around the web.
Folkenflik writes, “The Blaze — a conservative news aggregation site set up by Fox News host Glenn Beck — first took a look late last week and found that O’Keefe had edited much of the shorter video in deceiving ways.
“”There was certainly a lot there for conservatives and people of faith and Tea Party activists to be bothered about — but we felt like that wasn’t the whole story,” said Scott Baker, editor in chief of The Blaze. “There were a lot of other things said that may have been complimentary to conservatives and to people of faith and Tea Party activists in the same conversations.”” (NPR).
Net Neutrality Foes: The House GOP’s effort to repeal the FCC’s recently passed net neutrality regulations got the support of two Democrats, Collin Peterson of Minnesota and Dan Boren of Oklahoma.
Today: The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing on so-called “rogue websites,” which has become a central focus of efforts to curb Internet piracy.