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Fire Destroys Anti-Israel Turkish Film

Fire destroyed negatives of the popular Turkish anti-Israel film, “The Valley of the Wolves: Palestine.”
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/23/2010, 10:43 PM / Last Update: 8/24/2010, 11:27 AM

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The virulently anti-Israel Turkish TV show “Ambush in the Valley of the Wolves” spinoff movie “The Valley of the Wolves: Palestine” hit a snag this week when a fire destroyed many of the film's negatives. The incident was reported by the Hebrew-language daily Maariv.

Improper use of chemicals caused a blaze that demolished negatives from at least two days of filming, including shots of scenes in which thousands of extras took part, and action scenes.

The movie's directors refused to confirm or deny the reports of damage.

The “Valley of the Wolves” TV show included violent anti-Israel images, including scenes depicting Israeli intelligence agents kidnapping babies and taking civilians hostage. It caused a diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey last January.

A previous movie spinoff, “The Valley of the Wolves: Iraq” included a Jewish American character, a military doctor who harvests organs from wounded civilians to sell in Tel Aviv and elsewhere. That aspect of the movie earned it criticism for anti-Semitism. The film also included several scenes depicting American soldiers massacring civilians and mistreating captives.

“The Valley of the Wolves: Palestine” is to be based on the Mavi Marmara incident, in which members of a Turkish terrorist group, IHH, attempted to reach Gaza in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade on Hamas. Israeli soldiers boarded the ship after it refused to turn aside, IHH members launched an attack, and a shootout ensued in which nine of the Turkish passengers were killed.

Turkey has blamed Israel for the incident and has accused IDF soldiers of needlessly killing civilians – a claim IDF soldiers say is utterly false. The IDF says its soldiers had no choice but to use force in order to defend their lives.

The Valley of the Wolves version of the incident, set to be released in November, is expected to further damage Turkish-Israel ties, which are already strained to the breaking point following the Mavi Marmara clash.