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Oscar Outrage
February 27, 2006

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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The biggest outrage of this year's Oscars has nothing to do with gay cowboys. It has to do with terrorists.

The film "Syriana" portrays suicide bombers as noble, but the George Clooney flick doesn't come close to the propaganda piece that the Academy has nominated for Best Foreign Feature. It's called "Paradise Now."

"Paradise Now" is supposed to be from the foreign nation of Palestine. Apparently, the Academy needs to read a newspaper or maybe a geography book. While it's at it, it might think about revoking this nomination.

Yossi Zur thinks it should. His 16-year-old son was struck down by a suicide bomber. Zur has inspired an Internet campaign against the nomination by penning an open letter asking that the Academy disqualify "Paradise Now" now.

"What exactly makes 'Paradise Now' worthy of such a prestigious nomination? At a time when Hamas, a terrorist organization devoted to the destruction of Israel, has won a landslide victory in the Palestinian legislative elections, and Iran's president has stated his desire to 'wipe Israel off the map,' what sort of message would an Academy Award triumph send to more than 1 billion viewers around the world?" Zur wrote.

As of this writing, the petition has over 28,000 signatures, and the count continues to rise as Oscar night approaches. (

In the film, the suicide bomber is depicted as a heroic leading man. Just what America needs, a movie that glamorizes jihad.

The Academy gave five nominations to the morally contorted "Munich" and a couple of nominations to the terrorist-sympathizing "Syriana."

"Paradise Now" has already won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

In a year where box office receipts have dropped precipitously, Hollywood seems determined to stay the self-destructive course.

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