February 2, 2011
Vienna Jews sue over Turkish film
Vienna’s Jewish community has sued a cinema chain and a film distributor over a newly released Turkish film it calls anti-Semitic.
The suit was filed Tuesday, several days after the release of “Valley of the Wolves-Palestine” in Austria and Germany.
The film, accused of using anti-Semitic stereotypes, is guilty of incitement to religious hatred and insulting religious faiths, Vienna Jewish Community Secretary General Raimund Fastenbauer said, according to the German news agency DPA.
The movie is a sequel to the 2006 production “Valley of the Wolves-Iraq,” which focused on a fictitious Jewish doctor harvesting organs of Iraqi soldiers for use in Israeli hospitals.
The new film involves a group of Turks who set out to avenge the deaths of nine militants who were killed by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara boat, which attempted to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza last May. The opening scenes use actual footage from Israel’s military raid.