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Palestinian Peace Activist Misrepresented in “Brüno”

Aramica, Posted: Aug 18, 2009

Palestinian Christian peace activist, Ayman Abu Aita, was unlawfully misrepresented as a terrorist in Sacha Baron Cohen's most recent film, Brüno and plans to sue Cohen and Universal Studios for libel, reports Aramica.

According to the news report, Abu Aita, who resides outside of Bethlehem, was tricked into being interviewed for Cohen’s most recent film, “Brüno”, where the title character goes to the Middle East to boost his ailing celebrity career by trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Brüno seeks out a “terrorist” played by Abu Aita, in a bid to get kidnapped and achieve worldwide fame.

Abu Aita said the one-minute scene that came out of his two-hour interview distorted his answers and included words unsaid during the interview. Abu Aita understood from the production team who contacted him that he was going to articulate the Palestinian cause “for young people in Austria.”

Abu Aita, who is also treasurer of the Holy Land Trust, a Palestinian Peace Organization, said he had been questioned by his own community and that his relations with colleagues in the U.S. and Europe “have been badly severed.” Abu Aita and his lawyer fear for his safety.

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