Film depicting ethnic cleansing of Palestinians during 1948 Nakba aired on Netflix despite Israeli threats

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A still from the movie Farha. [Photo: Twitter]

Despite strong protests and threats from Israel, a movie depicting the ethnic cleansing of Palestine during the 1948 Nakba, when Israeli forces declared the creation of the State of Israel, began airing on Netflix on December 1, 2022.

The Jordanian film ‘Farha’ tells the story of an individual tragedy that took place during the 1948 war to create the state of Israel — where Palestinians, who remember the event as the Nakba, or catastrophe, were expelled from their homes by the hundreds of thousands.

The movie drew condemnation from Israeli politicians as it included a scene in which soldiers are shown murdering an entire Palestinian family, including a baby, Al Jazeera reported.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians around the world mark the Nakba, or catastrophe, referring to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948.

According to Al Jazeera, it refers to the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine as the British Mandate expired, which triggered the first Arab-Israeli war.

Israel’s Culture Minister, Chili Tropper, said the movie depicted “lies and libels,” and called its screening in a theatre in Jaffa “a disgrace”.

The country’s outgoing finance minister, Avigdor Lieberman, suggested that the state’s funding for the Al-Saraya theatre in Jaffa should be withdrawn.

Amid the backlash, Netflix Israel said it was looking into the matter, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.


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