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Posted on 09/07/2008 5:33:55 AM PDT by SJackson
[Not anti-Israel enough] 1st Palestinian soap opera cancelled
By DPA Last update - 19:18 05/09/2008
The official Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has cancelled the airing scheduled for this week of a new soap series, Matabb (Arabic for "speed bump").
Producer Fareed Majari confirmed Friday the cancellation, which members of the production team said came as a complete surprise.
They said no grounds were given, but speculated political reasons may be behind it, with some of the topics being dealt with in the series seen as too liberal for official Palestinian "state" television.
Officials at the PBC told Deutsche Presse-Agentur Friday that the German-funded series - the first homemade Palestinian soap opera - was not cancelled, but postponed until certain scenes were changed.
Yehya Barakat, the director of programs at PBC, denied the asked for changes constituted censorship. "Rather, it is an attempt to make sure that no scenes offensive to any party will be aired on an official television station," he said.
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Understandable, for release on the most holy holiday, Ramadan, a high level of hatred is desireable. It's a holiday after all.
I was tempted to say shame on the Germans, but we do the same thing. I'm sure the soap will return too in more respcetible form.
They said some scenes were found offensive to the general Palestinian public and therefore could not be aired on Palestine TV, an official and nationalist institution.
Among others, certain scenes failed to show the Israeli occupation in a negative enough light, they charged. The officials mentioned one scene in which a Palestinian gives a flower to Israeli soldiers at an army checkpoint in the West Bank.
After the first day of running the cameras, they had enough compromising footage of the actors and actresses behaving in overtly sexual ways to stone them.
It was an actual bombshell