Just over a month ago, my husband Mr Bagel and I were very excited to see advertised on the television channel 'SBS' the drama/mini-series, 'The Promise'. For anyone who is not familiar with the show, its about a young British girl who travels to Israel, retracing the steps of her grandfather - a British soldier stationed there in the 1940s.We really don't get many Jewish/Israel related television shows or movies on the television here in Australia. It ran over four Sunday nights at 8.30pm and what started out as excitment on our behalf soon turned to bitter disappointment that grew with each painful episode. This British production was horribly inaccurate and anti-semetic. Mr Bagel and I were horrified we had allowed our 11 year old daughter to be exposed to such rubbish. Mr Bagel had a few of his own thoughts to share - I suppose, a small review of sorts that he originally wrote on another site, which I wanted to share.
Finished watching the fourth part of this English produced 'drama' shown in Australia, it was horribly inaccurate, biased and appallingly acted. What looked promising in the first episode became a tiresome justification for Arab terrorism, giving the mythologised Nakba narrative some pseudo historical foundation. Simply stated the British soldiers were swell guys, the Arabs peace loving beatniks and the Jews, rich, uncaring and murderous. Just what the British viewing public needed to reaffirm their swelling antisemitic stereotypes of Israelis.