Passion Comes to Israel

Did you really think that all the hoopla about The Passion of the Christ was really finished? Think again. Israeli moviegoers haven’t yet had the opportunity to see Gibson’s oh so contoversial portrayal of Jesus’ final hours due to the lack of a distribution deal.


One distributor not normally known for being cautious, says, “No one will pick up this film because it deals with hard issues, and the distributors don’t want to hurt people’s feelings.”

The distributor, who admits to not having seen “Passion,” blames the Israeli media for perpetuating the idea that the film is anti-Semitic.

Anyone who is really interested in seeing the flick could easily buy a bootlegged copy in the Old City of J-town or according to the article, check it out at the Ramallah Cinemateque.

Alon Garbuz, director of the Tel Aviv Cinemateque is attempting to put together a screening in Tel Aviv in September which will be followed by a panel discussion.

Professors are lining up to take part in panel discussions on Judaism, Christianity and Islam that Garbuz is planning, together with a specially convened symposium on the “borders” of anti-Semitism — where legitimate criticism of Jewish behavior ends and anti-Semitism begins — that will be the context of the screening. Boxoffices have been deluged with requests for tickets.

“Borders” of anti-Semitism? What do you think he means by “Jewish behavior?”

I guess the old adage about Israel doing everything America does, just a little bit later, is proven true once again.

The Passion of the Christ will be released on video and DVD on August 31. Renewed Jewish criticism of the film will begin on September 1st.

3 thoughts on “Passion Comes to Israel

  1. I was hoping that the issue about the Passion had passed like every other fad. To churn out another ‘generation’ of discussions about the pop-movie is a waste of time in Israel.
    I guess the old adage about Israel doing everything America does, just a little bit later, is proven true once again.
    I’d rather think about it that we got over it before it happened. Notice how in Israel, we don’t get half the fads that plague ‘America’. Most people aren’t aware of the latest ‘must-see’ or ‘must-buy’ or ‘must-own’ that is fleeting or at best sits on your shelf gathering dust.
    I keep the DVDs and CDs I bought until about two years ago just to remind me how much money I invested in these false, fleeting gods. Hundreds of dollars in ‘first to own’ ‘collector’s limited edition’ things.
    One of the things I like about Israel is that most people (it’s changing I know) don’t buy into the superficial pop-culture. People are more usually practical here.

  2. Hey Josh, where in Israel do you live? Smoothies are all the rage here…wraps are being sold at Burger King and are becoming more common on cafe menus. So maybe I was off…three years later instead of six months.
    Although consumerism hasn’t quite hit the heights of America (we still eat a lot of carbs) its well on its way. Do you watch TV? We have our own American Idol (winners chosen by SMS messages), several different types of coke, Mickey Ds, Pizza Hut, KFC, Ace hardware, Mega supermarkets, outlet centers, upscale snooty restaurants….we have it all.
    No “Must see”? You kidding me? Shrek 2/Bamba tie ins, Spiderman’s face on chocolate milk bottles…
    Are we living in the same country? “Must-see” and “must-have” is everywhere. We have it all here and it’s getting worse every year. I wish what you are saying is true, I really do, but I’ll never part with my Godfather limited edition DVD, but hey, I was never into religion anyway…and I like my toys. But that’s just me.

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