On Tuesday, the president of the UN General Assembly is planning to screen the anti-Israel film Miral in the General Assembly Hall, according to the American Jewish Committee.
“To say the least, we were surprised to learn about this highly unusual premiere under the auspices of your office,” the AJC wrote, in a letter to the UN General Assembly president, Joseph Deiss. “The film has a clear political message, which portrays Israel in a highly negative light.”
The film depicts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of a young Palestinian girl. Robert Fulford at the National Post has described the movie as “a piece of blatant propaganda.”
“It’s a chronicle of history without a trace of fairness,” Fulford wrote. “All Israelis are brutes; almost all Palestinians are angels and victims.”
Last December, Philip Weiss reported that the director of Miral claimed that the film would premiere at the United Nations.
“We’re actually going to show the film on March 15 before the General Assembly of the United Nations for 2000 people. That’s where the movie will open,” filmmaker Julian Schnabel said at a book reading.
There doesn’t appear to be any information about the film screening on the UN General Assembly website, so it’s not entirely clear if the UN is still planning to go ahead with the showing or not.
But it’s puzzling why the UN General Assembly would agree to host the premiere of any movie — not to mention one as controversial and politically sensitive as Miral. The UN’s anti-Israel bias has been well-documented, and as AJC president David Harris wrote in his letter, showing the film “will only serve to reinforce the already widespread view that Israel simply cannot expect fair treatment in the UN.”