Israel and U.S. Jewish groups have lobbied organizers of next month’s Academy Awards not to present a nominated film about Palestinian suicide bombers as coming from “Palestine,” an Israeli diplomat said on Sunday.
With Israelis and Palestinians locked in conflict over national claims on the same land, the provenance of “Paradise Now” is as combustible an issue as its plot in the run-up to the March 5 ceremony, which will be watched by millions worldwide.
Many Israelis were irked when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in publishing the nomination, said “Paradise Now” came from “Palestine.”
While the tag remains on the academy’s Web site, an Israeli diplomat said he expected the film to be described as coming from the “Palestinian Authority” during the awards ceremony.
“Both the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles and several concerned Jewish groups pointed out that no one, not even the Palestinians themselves, have declared the formal creation of ‘Palestine’ yet, and thus the label would be inaccurate,” the diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. [source]
Isn’t it strange that a people can be denied their historical land and then denied their historical name? as a country and as a people?
I think Israel is right!
the name should be changed for the sake of accuracy
to “Occupied Palestine”