Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel ‘normalization’

Director Ziad Doueiri, left, poses with actors Rita Hayek, right, and Diamand Bou Abboud during a photocall for the movie ‘The Insult’ in Venice. (Reuters)
Updated 23 October 2017
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Ramallah scraps Lebanese film over Israel ‘normalization’

RAMALLAH: A Palestinian city on Sunday canceled the planned screening of a Lebanese film after activists called for a boycott over the director’s “normalization” with Israel.
“The Insult,” which deals with the Lebanese civil war, was scheduled to be screened Monday in Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as part of the “Days of Cinema” festival.
But Ramallah’s municipality decided on Sunday to cancel the showing at a city-run facility after pressure from Palestinian activists who accused French-Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri of promoting “normalization” with Israel.
Doueiri’s 2012 film “The Attack,” about an Israeli surgeon of Arab origin whose wife carries out a suicide attack, was partly filmed in Israel.
“The Attack” was banned in Lebanon and prompted authorities to detain Doueiri for questioning on his arrival in Lebanon last month.
Lebanon submitted “The Insult” as its official entry for the Oscars, in the foreign film category.
In Ramallah, activists had planned a protest against the screening and launched a social media campaign urging Palestinians to boycott it.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which campaigns for economic and cultural measures against Israel, had accused Doueiri of “defending normalization” with Israel and called for the screening to be canceled.


Jada Pinkett Smith skydives in Dubai

Updated 17 October 2018
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Jada Pinkett Smith skydives in Dubai

DUBAI: Jada Pinkett Smith took to the skies of Dubai to jump out of a plane this week, skydiving in honor of her husband’s 50th birthday.

Will Smith celebrated his big day by bungee jumping from a helicopter in northern Arizona last month in a stunt billed as a leap “in the heart of the Grand Canyon.”

However, the “Fresh Prince” did not jump at Grand Canyon National Park but over a smaller gorge on the Navajo Nation, The Associated Press reported.

For her part, Pinkett Smith decided to go head-to-head with her thrill-seeking husband by skydiving in Dubai.


“He said this is my birthday gift to him. He was like, ‘I want you to come to Dubai and I want to see you skydive. That is what I want for my birthday’,” Pinkett Smith told People magazine. “I was like, ‘Really bro?’ I haven’t done a damn thing Will has wanted me to do in seven years!” she said. “I think for Will, he has always been adventurous. For now, in his life, he has released himself to be more of that. I’m not really adventurous in that way and he has been having his adventures and I told him, ‘These are the years – you’re turning 50, so this is the year of yes for me to you because I’m always telling you no’.”

She shared a photo of herself about to jump out of the plane strapped to a professional skydiver at Sky Dive Dubai on Instagram and captioned it: “Oh…by the way…I jumped out of a plane today.”

She was in the city with her wise-cracking husband, who earlier in the week posted a photo from a bathroom in the iconic Burj Khalifa.

The funnyman, who plays the role of the genie in the upcoming live-action version of “Aladdin,” posted a snap in which he is sitting on a toilet (fully clothed, don’t worry) in a bathroom in the tallest building in the world.

“Sitting on top of the world,” he joked in the caption.

The couple enjoyed a range of activities in Dubai, including a visit to the serene dunes of the city’s surrounding desert, where Pinkett Smith shared an inspirational message in an Instagram video about finding her path and facing feelings of loneliness.

“Thinking of those moments I compromised myself in fear of being alone,” she captioned the video, in which she can be seen wearing a traditional shemagh headpiece wrapped around her head.

The actress also got the chance to spend some quality time with elephants and thanked Dubai’s Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum for the opportunity, captioning a video of the playful animals, “I made a new friend today. I love elephants. They are soooo intelligent. Much love to HRH Sheikh Hamdan @faz3 for this opportunity (sic).”