Not even the Mossad, putting all the brains they have at work, could have made a better movie to further their cause than Steven Spielberg's 'Munich', believe many critics. No surprise then that, terrorists are outraged.
The movie opens with the now famous kidnapping of the 11 Israeli Athletes at the Munich Olympic Games in Germany. The attack which got political and media prominence when it was televised globally, is regarded by many as the birthplace of modern terrorism. The modus operandi being simple: capture vulnerable hostages that will give your movement the much-needed attention.
This trick has been used by many terrorist outfits the world over ever since.
In the attack, all the 11 athletes and their abductors are killed. The movie then moves to Israel, which responds by creating a unofficial assassin band of five men who are given the task of killing the 11 Palestinians who were the masterminds behind the attack. This gang trace the corners of Europe to find them and kill them with much show and fanfare grabbing headlines everywhere.
Each one of their targets is likewise, different and decent on his own, which becomes troubling for the mission members who have no proof of their involvement in the Munich massacre.
Avner is the one whose conscience begins to bother him as he questions the entire basis of the mission. The ethical conflict is highlighted well by the cinematography of Janusz Kaminiski.
The movie ends twice, once with a false ending with a clumsy orgy of sex, anger and bloodshed in the background of the twin towers of New York. After 9/11 the message, is something, that everyone knows.
Mohammed Daoud, the Palesteninan, who masterminded the massacre at the Munich Olympics on behalf of Black September, a splinter group of PLS, has expressed his outrage at not being consulted before the making of the movie. He accuses Spielberg of conniving with the Jewish state and does not believe that the movie will deliver any reconciliation.
Commenting on Spielberg calling his movie his “prayer for peace”, Daoud says, “If he really wanted to make it a prayer for peace he should have listened to both sides of the story and reflected reality, rather than serving the Zionist side alone.”
Meanwhile, Kathleen Kennedy, Spielberg's producer, informed a preview audience at Princeton University that they did use a Palestinian consultant for Munich. She, however, refused to clarify who it was.