Jewdar has not seen Miral; chances are, unless it has some animated animals or superheroes, we won’t see it until it reaches Netflix. But if Jewdar does see Miral, it will be in spite of the movie’s ad campaign, not because of it.
Jewdar’s views regarding Palestinian rights are known to all who read us regularly (we’re talking to you, Ima). But our belief in human rights doesn’t blind us to stupid oversimplifications on either side of the Green Line. The movie’s poster, featuring va-voomie Indian actress Frieda Pinto in the role inspired by Miral’s author, even more va-voomie Palestinian writer Rula Jebreal, asks the question “Is This the Face of a Terrorist?”
The suggestion, we suppose, is that Israel must be pretty oppressive to view very attractive young Palestinian women as terrorist threats. To Jewdar, this is about as sophisticated as depicting all Arabs as slavering, kaffiyehed, AK-47 shooting, ululating Arafat look-alikes. How could Israelis possibly view an attractive, young Palestinian woman as a terrorist?
Maybe because of attractive young Palestinian women like Ayat al-Akhras (top), who in 2002, blew herself up, along with 17-year old Rachel Levy(below). So without judging Miral, which we haven’t seen, and the politics of which we probably agree on to a great extent, we ask Miral‘s makers, on behalf of Rachel Levy: