NEW YORK It’s already a legend: U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments Saturday suggesting that a terror attack had taken place in Sweden the night before. After Stockholm assured that nothing of the sort had happened, Trump changed tack and said he was referring to a segment about immigration to the country he had seen on Fox News.
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The segment featured footage from a documentary on immigration to Sweden that claims Muslim immigrants live in “no-go zones” where the police are afraid to enter. It gives statistics on rapes by immigrants, while the film’s director, Ami Horowitz, dubs the country “the rape capital of the Europe.”
The incident of course adds to the unease over reports that Trump is getting his news largely from Fox News, not intelligence briefings. But Horowitz too has found himself in a media storm. As the work was dissected in the media, the two Swedish policemen who Horowitz interviewed about “no-go zones” say their words have been misconstrued and have called Horowitz a mad man.
In his previous efforts, Horowitz, who’s often a guest on Fox News, attacked Upper East Side liberals, “hipsters in Brooklyn” and European supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. Sure enough, his latest feature is about the Israelis and the Palestinians. In “Palestinian Road Trip!” put up on YouTube last month Horowitz, who has studied at Hebrew University and speaks Hebrew, traveled to Israel to film his own take on the lives of West Bank Palestinians.
“No issue has stuck more readily as being at the core of the conflict as the Israeli occupation and supposed total control of the West Bank, including Israel stealing Palestinian dignity on a daily basis,” he explains in the film.
Horowitz hires a Palestinian driver and crew to drive around the West Bank to see what life is like under the occupation. “One of the main accusations against Israel is that they have installed a countless number of checkpoints across the West Bank that disrupts Palestinian daily life and makes it difficult to travel between cities,” he says. “We drove hundreds of miles across the West Bank in a Palestinian car and were never stopped.”
Horowitz then drives to the Qalandiyah checkpoint, the main checkpoint between the northern West Bank and Jerusalem, to interview Palestinians. In Hebrew, he speaks to seven Palestinians who tell him that it takes only half an hour or sometimes just a few minutes to get through, thus supposedly debunking the claim that the checkpoints disrupt the Palestinians’ daily lives.
Later he travels to the village of Qalandiyah and films Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. After Horowitz explains that one of the rocks hit a Palestinian child he concludes: “Time to get stupid.” In the film’s closing shots, the director is seen shouting profanities at the Palestinians on a hill, and throwing rocks at them. Triumphant rock music blares on the sound track.