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Los Angeles/JTA — Israel's half-century
jinx at the Oscars continued and three
Jewish-themed films were passed over,
but The Jew Hunter took home an award.
The Israeli entry Ajami, a gritty film
about the Jewish-Arab tensions in the
mixed quarter of Jaffa, lost out Sunday for
best foreign language film at the Academy
Awards to Argentina's entry, The Secret
in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos),
directed by Juan Jose Campanell.
Three Jewish-themed films vying
for the best picture nod —Inglourious
Basterds, A Serious Man and An
Education — also missed out. And
Quentin Tarantino lost in the direct-
ing category, despite high praise for
Inglourious Basterds, a brutal coun-
terfactual fantasy in which a band of
Jewish GIs scalps German soldiers and
assassinate Nazi leaders.
Inglourious Basterds did win the first
award of the night, with Christoph Waltz
taking the Oscar for best supporting actor
for his portrayal of Hans Landa, aka "The
Jew Hunter," the terrifyingly and hilari-
ously meticulous German colonel charged
with capturing the Jewish soldiers.
It was the third consecutive Oscars in
which an Israeli film nominated for best
foreign language film left empty-handed
— the Lebanon war-themed films
Beaufort and Waltz with Bashir were con-
sidered leading contenders before being
passed over in 2008 and 2009, respectively.
Ajami was a joint production of two
young Israeli filmmakers, Scandar
Copti, a Christian Arab, and Yaron
Shani, a Jew. It was Israel's top drawer at
the box office in the past year.
Just hours before the Oscars ceremony,
Copti said he was not representing Israel.
"It is an extremely technical thing;
that's how it works in the Oscars," Copti
said in an interview on Israel's Channel
2."It says 'Israel' because the funding
comes from Israel. There's a Palestinian
director, an Israeli director, Palestinian
actors and Israeli actors. The film techni-
cally represents Israel, but I don't repre-
sent Israel!'

Support Chilean Relief

The Jewish Federations of North
America is partnering with the
American Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee (JDC) to provide aid and
relief to victims of the 8.8 magnitude
earthquake that struck Chile on Feb. 27.
Federations are urged to direct
donors to the JDC mailbox http://lyris.
ujcfedweb.org/t/5174306/28498653/24
092/0/ or to open their own mailboxes
and relay aid to JDC. By opening their
own mailboxes, Federations can further

engage potential donors.
The earthquake struck about 200
miles south of Santiago, killing at least
700 people and displacing or injuring
some two million others.
Chile is home to a vibrant and active
Jewish community of 16,000; 90 percent
are concentrated in Santiago.
The Masorti synagogue in Concepcion
was destroyed in the earthquake that
rocked Chile, the Masorti Olami said.

Tribe Descended From Jews

Zimbabwe/JTA — DNA tests on the
Lemba tribe of central Zimbabwe and
northern South Africa show that they
are of Jewish or Semitic origin, the BBC
reported.
The tribe's customs are similar to
Jewish ones, including male circumci-
sion, ritual animal slaughter, abstaining
from eating pork and wearing skull
caps. Their oral tradition claims they
are descended from seven male Jews
who left Israel 2,500 years ago and mar-
ried African women.
Their prized religious artifact is
a replica of the biblical Ark of the
Covenant known as the ngoma lungun-
du, meaning the drum that thunders,
the BBC reported. Their sacred prayer
language is a mixture of Hebrew and
Arabic.
The Lemba also have 12 tribes,
including a priestly clan that has a
genetic element found in Jewish priests
or Cohanim, according to the report.
Many of the Lemba in Zimbabwe are
Christians, while some are Muslims.

Answering
Israel's Critics

The Charge

Dr. Bandar Muhammad Al Aiban,
Saudi Arabia's Human Rights
Commission chairman, last week
criticized Israel's "annexation" of
[religious] sanctuaries in Hebron.

The Answer
There is no Israeli annexation
of anything in Hebron, just a
continued sharing of the Cave of
Machpela. And is it hypocritical for
Saudis — who persecute religious
minorities, women and gays — to
comment on Israel's actions?

— Allan Gale, Jewish Community

Relations Council

of Metropolitan Detroit

ED Jewish Renaissance Media, March 11, 2010

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