Germany Bans Anti-Israel Turkish Film
Germany's film classification board has temporarily blocked the release of the Turkish movie “Valley of the Wolves Palestine,” a virulently anti-Israel film based on a controversial TV show. It has also given the movie an adult rating, meaning that even if it is allowed to be shown in the future, it will not be allowed to publicly advertise.
The ban in Germany could be a serious blow to the film, as the German market includes 3.5 million people of Turkish origin.
The movie had been scheduled for release on January 27, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. German MP Philipp Missfelder had termed the planned release date “beyond tasteless and insensitive to the feelings of the victims.”
In “Valley of the Wolves – Palestine” the Turkish hero of the film, Polat Alemdar, murders Israeli soldiers in revenge for the death of nine Turkish citizens who tried to forcibly break the IDF blockade of Hamas in May. The movie was filmed aboard the ship which the Turkish terror activists used in real life, the Mavi Marmara.
Turkey has accused Israel of deliberately murdering the IHH terror activists, despite the existence of IDF footage showing that soldiers only opened fire after they were violently attacked with knives and metal bars.
The Israeli villain in Valley of the Wolves Palestine, a fictional character named Moshe Ben Eliezer, “destroys villages, kills children, and imprisons anyone who helps Polat,” according to the film's synopsis. Previous installments of Valley of the Wolves have showed Israelis kidnapping babies and murdering innocent Arabs and Turks. “Valley of the Wolves – Iraq” showed a Jewish American doctor as an organ trafficker.
Writer Bahadir Ozdener told Turkish journalists that his aim was “to show that Israel and the United States are behind acts of terrorism.”