12 March 2004 | onceuponatime500
This opera, in acknowledging the plight of the Palestinian people, is somewhat progressive, but it fails to fully portray the role of Klinghoffer on the ship in trying to stir up the passengers and opposing the Palestinian freedom fighters. The contemporary footage of the zionist soldiers firing at Palestinians fighting for freedom and justice in the intifada adds a lot to the good music. This is definitely worth watching, but doesn't quite hit the mark. Years after the event, following the war against the people of Iraq, the U.S., with no justification, grabbed a Palestinian leader Abu Abbas, who was in Iraq, and imprisoned him, a man who wasn't even on this boat, and accused him of having something to do with it. He just died in U.S. custody, supposedly of natural causes (wink, wink), another victim, no doubt, of the Bush administration's policy of torture and murder of prisoners. They should add something onto this film about that, along with a strong condemnation of the continuing efforts of some to make Klinghoffer, who was an open supporter of zionism, into some sort of sympathetic figure. The reality was shown when his wife, Marilyn Klinghoffer, subsequently vilely spit onto Palestinians who were involved in the incident on the ship. She subsequently died of cancer.