Reuters reports on an upcoming Steven Spielberg film about the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
To give us a little background on Spielberg, Reuters helpfully provides the following description of some of his past work:
Best known in Israel for "Schindler's List," a Holocaust epic that ends with a pro-Zionist message, Spielberg...I remember the end of Schindler's List. If you've ever seen it, you do, too. Roger Ebert described it perfectly when he included Schindler's List in his series of essays on the greatest movies of all time:
The film's ending brings me to tears. At the end of the war, Schindler's Jews are in a strange land stranded, but alive. A member of the liberating Russian forces asks them, "Isn't a town over there?" and they walk off toward the horizon.This incredibly moving scene is a celebration of life and of the human spirit. Necessarily, it is set in the Christian cemetery in Jerusalem where Schindler was buried, and so Yerushalayim Shel Zahav ("Jerusalem of Gold") is sung in the background. It's safe to say that 99.9% of the people who watched the movie didn't even understand the lyrics, which are pretty innocuous anyway. But for Reuters, that's enough to turn the sight of a few Jews fortunate enough to escape Hitler's madness into a "pro-Zionist message".
The next shot fades from black and white into color. At first we think it may be a continuation of the previous action, until we see that the men and women on the crest of the hill are dressed differently now. And then it strikes us, with the force of a blow: Those are Schindler's Jews. We are looking at the actual survivors and their children as they visit Oskar Schindler's grave.
The movie began with a list of Jews being confined to the ghetto. It ends with a list of some who were saved. The list is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf.
Unbelievable. Apparently, to Reuters, a movie is pro-Zionist if some Jews are still alive at the end.
Reuters may already be trying to pull its foot out of its mouth on this one. The same story, via Drudge, originally appeared here, with a Reuters byline. Although less than a day old, it's already disappeared. Via Google News, I was able to find the same story on the Stuff.co.nz site, as linked above. (I've saved a screenshot in case it, too, falls down the memory hole.) The Stuff version of the article has no byline at all, which appears to be the way that site usually runs wire stories. However, Reuters is still mentioned in the text of the article itself.
Pro-Zionist messages may be subtle, but the anti-Zionist ones are usually pretty easy to spot. (Via Solomonia)