Pallywood: A New Brick in Wall for Palestinian Girl

It is so true.

Real life scenes in Jerusalem, Israel of Palestinian women and girls do not “grab you by throat.”

image Arab girls near Jaffa Gate, photo Arab gilrs in Jerusalem, picture Arab girls in Israel

They are just not dramatic enough to fit PA narratives.

Pallywood has advanced from photoshopping images to video editing.  And now, a new fiction graces the afternoon airwaves on BBC Radio4.

In “Radio drama – do what you like,” says Selma Dabbagh, a “British Palestinian writer of fiction,” as she describes herself.

Dabbagh, based in London, was born in Scotland and is involved with anti-Israel campaigns. She has dreamed up a fictional Palestinian female character who wants to come to Jerusalem.

Her fictional play,  “The Brick” is just another stone for the PA narrative wall.

I was ready to write a scathing post, but BBC Watch did a great job with a piece on the director, Sarah Bradshaw.

Therefore, I decided once again to show what I know, and leave fiction to the likes of Daddagh and Bradshaw.

image Palestinian women, photo Muslim women, Jerusalem Palestinian women photo

 Go to any Jerusalem hospital and ‘Palestinian women’ will have to go through yet another security check. But so does everyone entering a hospital!

Metal detectors and bags searched, now why do you think that is?

Photo Palestinian woman Israeli soldiers. image IDF Palestinian, picture Arab woman Israeli soldiers.

Next see this ‘Palestinian’ woman’s encounter with Israeli soldiers.  They are walking up steps in the Jewish Quarter of The Old City in Jerusalem, Israel. The soldiers  pay no attention to the woman.

Violent, dramatic? Nope, real life can be so boring.

image Palestinian woman. photo arab couple shopping, picture Palestinina abuse

This Arab couple had trouble making their way through the crowd, pushed and shoved along. Sure, have you tried to go shopping in Machane Yehuda Market, the shuk on Thursday?

They did finally pick up a pizza for dinner. And no he did not look happy shopping, only when he stopped to shake the hands of friends who were stall owners.

image Arab woman in Jerusalem, photo palestinian woman, picture Arab girl

One of my favorite scenes was this Arab woman with her hair covered taking photos in Mamilla Mall during Purim celebrations. I assumed by her very high heel shoes that she was not local and therefore had no idea there were thousands of drunken Israelis around. She seemed to be having such a good time watching the street actors, I did not have the heart to warn her.

But heck, what do the truth and real scenes matter when you have to build a narrative.

The only problem is that it seems that after hearing lies often enough, people really start to believe them.


Real Jstreets

I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last ten years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets

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