The families of three Israeli teenagers who were killed in a suicide bombing are appealing to the organisers of the Oscars to drop a film from the nominations because they say it glorifies terrorism.
Paradise Now, a film about two friends from the West Bank who decide to carry out a joint suicide attack in Israel, will compete in the best foreign language category at Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Sunday is also the third anniversary of a attack by terrorists on a bus in the northern Israeli town of Haifa, which killed 17 people and wounded 53 others.
Among the dead were Yuval Mendelvitch, a 13-year-old boy whose parents yesterday sent a petition to Sid Gains, the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, calling for Paradise Now’s nomination to be withdrawn.
They are supported by the parents of Tal Kehrmann, a 17-year-old girl, and Assaf Tzur, a 17-year-old boy, who were among the dead.
Yossi Mendelvitch described the controversial film, which follows the two would-be bombers as they prepare to carry out their attack, as “dangerous propaganda”. His petition will be presented in Los Angeles on Friday.