Arabs attack Israeli director at French film festival - Israel Culture, Ynetnews

   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel

Yariv Horowitz
Yariv Horowitz 

Arabs attack Israeli director at French film festival

Yariv Horowitz beaten unconscious by group of Arab teens just before winning best film award for 'Rock the Casbah' which focuses on first Intifada

Telem Yahav
Published: 03.29.13, 10:07 / Israel Culture

Yariv Horowitz, the director behind Rock the Casbah, a movie focusing on a group of soldiers serving in Gaza during the first Intifada claims that he was attacked this week in France by a group of Arabs during a film festival. Since horowitz refused to file a complaint with local police, the circumstances surrounding the attack remain unclear.


The film is set in 1989 and focuses on 18-year-old Tomer, a soldier stationed in Gaza, who is sent to avenge the death of his fellow soldier and comes to some realizations about the political situation surrounding Israeli occupation. Rock the Casbah was screened on the second day of the Aubagne international film festival in southern France.


Another Israeli film awarded in Berlin  / News agencies
'Rock the Casbah' takes home prestigious International Confederation of Art Cinemas award at German capital's international film festival
Full Story

Horowitz was accompanied by Israeli musician Asaf Amdursky who also won an award for the movie's original score.


"After the screening we went to get some money from an ATM machine when a group of Arab teens started yelling and cursing at me. I cursed right back and then they beat me up. They threw me on the floor and kicked me. I lost consciousness and only woke up a few minutes later."


Horowitz refused medical care and did not file a complaint with local police. "I didn't want to spend all night at the (police) station. I don't know if the attack was racially motivated , but wither way it's annoying: In Israel I was criticized by the right and in France the Arabs beat me up."


After recovering from the blows he received, he returned to the festival area in “good condition”.


After the violent incident, Horowitz's day saw a marked improvement as Rock the Casbah won the Special Prize of the Jury for Best Picture.



commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Bookmark to

24 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load


RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions