Eurabia Update: “Anti-Semitic film cheered with cries of ‘Allah is great’: German authorities worried by audience reaction of Turkish movie goers to ‘Valley of the Wolves,'” from WND, :
The raucous reception by some members of Germany’s 2.5 million-strong Turkish community to “Valley of the Wolves,” a movie depicting crazed U.S. troops in Iraq massacring a wedding party and a Jewish doctor removing organs from prisoners, has German politicians worried — so worried, Bavaria’s interior minister sent intelligence service agents to theaters showing the film to “gauge” audience reaction and identify potential radicals.
The $10 million dollar film, by Turkish director Serdan Akar, has already been wildly successful in Turkey, where its debut was attended by the wife of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “It is an extraordinary film that will go down in history,” Turkish Parliament speaker Bulent Arinc, president of the Turkish National Assembly told the Anatolia press agency.
But that’s not the way German officials see it.
Edmund Stoiber, Bavaria’s conservative prime minister, asked theater owners to not show “this racist and anti-Western hate film.” Bernd Neumann, Germany’s expressed concern that the film “raises serious questions about the values of our society and our ability to instill them”. This week, Cinemaxx, Germany’s largest theater chain, announced the movie would be pulled from its offerings.
“These kinds of hate messages aren’t what we need in a society filled with immigrants and mixed ethnic and religious groups,” said Michael Kohlstruck, a political scientist at Berlin’s Technical University. “All it takes is a few people mobilized by the film to become a danger by carrying out attacks.”
The movie, which began showings in Germany three weeks ago, has played to sold out audiences since. Over 130,000 people, mostly young Muslims, saw the film in its first five days. The London Telegraph reports Berlin audiences, made up mostly of Turkish young men, clapping furiously when the building housing the U.S. military commander in northern Iraq is blown up and a standing ovation — accompanied by shouts of “Allah is great!” — when the movie’s American antagonist, played by Billy Zane, is stabbed in the chest.