click here to jump to start of article
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​

Miral: Is This the Face of Terror?

Miral: Is This the Face of Terror?

To answer the question, here are some alternative posters for the anti-Israel movie.


The pro-Palestinian Arab movie "Miral" is being released after a gala premiere at the UN. The New York Times has run a couple of stories on it already.

I not been following the controversy about the movie that closely, and I do not know if the movie is as anti-Israel as some claim it is.

But I am offended by the movie's poster:

The implication of the poster is that the nice young woman portraying the protagonist (who is actually an Indian actress, by the way) could not possibly be a terrorist because of her innocent looking face. To me, it also implies that Israel, or perhaps the West, unjustly considers all Palestinian Arabs to be terrorists.

Unfortunately, a friendly face does not exclude the possibility of a young woman being a terrorist:

(h/t Jon Y)

UPDATE: Yisrael Medad had a special request:

March 27, 2011

Give Tzedakah! Help create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.
The opinions expressed in the comment section are the personal views of the commenters. Comments are moderated, so please keep it civil.

Visitor Comments: 51

(36) Jeremy Sneed, October 4, 2011 9:05 PM

Does Miral represent the faces of abused and degraded casualties of the original "ground zero" ?

Strangely, Julian Schnabel's mother was president, in 1948, of the Brooklyn chapter of Hadassah -- the Women's Zionist Organization of America. Rula Jebreal's autobiographical novel and Julian Schnabel's movie express the reality of the Jewish State of Israel from the hearts, the souls, the humanity of the Palestinian community surviving the volatile abuse. We appreciate Palestinian responses to the loss of their land and home by the creation of the Zionist Statehood of Israel. Is Miral's face the face of a terrorist? Or is Miral a victim of terrorism? In similtude with life, there are subplots that relate the fates of various Palestinians and Jews with the ultimate protagonist being the Palestinian people as a whole. At times the antgonists and protagonists overlap. Both sides are presented negatively and positively, and not necessarily inaccurately. Through the unnecessary misery and tragedy of military occupation, we see Nadia, Miral's mother, raped by her stepfather. We also see the respect, acceptance and kindness of an Israeli girlfriend of Miral's Palestinian cousin. The true antagonist being perpetual ignorance and prejudice often misrepresented by media coverage and the notion that Israel is only a Jewish state. Does Miral represent the faces of abused and degraded casualties of the original "ground zero" in the region of Judea, Samaria and West Bank -- Israel and Palestine. The realism, the oppression, the historical snapshots of life surrounded by the horrors of bombing raids are thought-provoking and educational. Where is the closure? The resolution?

(35) Keith R.Kelley, May 30, 2011 7:29 AM

By their fruit

It is not a matter of what the face portrays.The Scripture cannot e denied, "By their fruit you shall know them".

(34) Chanie, May 24, 2011 12:50 AM

Terrorists are made, not born.

A person's appearance comes from physical genes, as we know. This has nothing to do with what they're taught to believe, what they want to believe, what they wish they had the freedom NOT to do, what they are forced to do. Hate to say it, but yes, there are people out there who want me dead because of where I was born, who I was born to, etc. They do believe in this. Then there are people who will try to kill someone like me, not because of their views, but because they are pushed, persecuted (by their own leaders & families), sometimes tortured and raped (again, often by their own kind), and generally driven mad by a world that suppresses women and girls FROM BIRTH. They manage to develop some sense of themselves but through the perspective of a society that often devalues them. Does that sound like the kind of women you assume you can trust? Most of them, maybe, but all of them, definitely no.

(33) Kenneth, April 10, 2011 7:54 AM

Watch the Movie!

I encourage every jew to watch this movie so you can see how the arab media tries to portray the israelis. I wish that the movie also showed when the palestinians killed people just because they were jewish and because in reality muslims want to exterminate us.

(32) Chaya, April 7, 2011 7:11 PM

Looking harmless and acting 'nice' is how pedophiles get to the children of otherwise watchful parents. (Think about it, kids run away from scary people.) This is exactly how serial killers behave in order to lure their victims. Ted Bundy was a handsom young man who wore a cast on his arm and asked pretty brunette co--eds for help getting into his specially modified VW Bug in order to capture his victims. He was so good at this that we may never know how many lives he took. He worked for a time at a crisis hotline along side Ann Rule, a author famous for books on true cimes. Even with Anny's vast knowledge on the subject she was so blinded by Ted's charms that she kept thinking "it couldn't be", while she recognized how well he fit police clues.) Looks, indeed, are deceptive.

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment