Michael Moore Intervenes When Agents Threaten to Deport (Oscar-Nominated) Director at Airport
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Source: Raw Story
Michael Moore intervenes when agents threaten to deport Palestinian director at airport
By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 12:12 am
An Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker was detained Tuesday and threatened with deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at Los Angeles International Airport, according to Oscar-winning director Michael Moore.
Moore tweeted early Wednesday morning that Emad Burnat, director of 5 Broken Cameras, a film critical of Israeli West Bank settlements, was put in a holding area with his 8-year-old son “and told they didn’t have the proper invitation to attend the Oscars.”
Moore added that Burnat was “threatened with being sent back to Palestine.”
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“I called Academy officials who called lawyers,” Moore explained. “I told Emad to give the officers my phone # and to say my name a couple of times… After 1.5 hrs, they decided to release him & his family & told him he could stay in LA for the week & go to the Oscars. Welcome to America.”