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“Tears of Gaza”

Controversy has erupted in certain quarters over the documentary “Tears of Gaza,” which details the 2008-09 Israeli bombing of Gaza — the campaign known as Operation Cast Lead — from the viewpoint of the Palestinians residents. There are shocking scenes of bombs exploding and excruciating images of dead or wounded men, women and children.  The film has been shown at festivals around the world, including the Jerusalem Film Festival, and won several awards.

Norwegian director Vibeke Løkkeberg was not allowed by either the Israelis or the Egyptians to enter Gaza and managed to interview only one of the three psychologically or physically damaged children she features in her film. However, she said all the questions posed in the film were written by her.

“I used writers and directors who are very professional and who work internationally. I sent them a script and asked them, ‘Can you please…

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