In Gary Rosenblatt’ Jan. 23 Between the Lines column, “Can Pro- Israel Films Connect With A Wider Audience?,” the answer is yes.
Only if that audience is willing to listen to the historical truth. The films he mentions in the column are documentaries. “Above and Beyond” [which tells the story of the small group of American Jewish pilots who helped create the Israeli Air Force in 1948], is based on interviews some of the surviving pilots and is portrayed as historically accurate. The film is even a bit unbalanced in its narration towards the Arab side by only mentioning the Arab refugees supposedly created by Israel’s War of Independence. It neglects to mention the Jewish refugees from Arab countries that were forced to leave to Israel due it extreme hardship created by state-sponsored anti-Semitism in Arab lands.
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