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Yasser Arafat Says Gibson Film Not Anti-Semitic
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) watched Mel Gibsons's controversial "Passion of the Christ" at a private screening on Saturday and said it was not anti-Semitic, officials said.
He watched the film -- which Jewish groups say may foment anti-Semitic attacks -- with Palestinian Muslim and Christian leaders at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
"The president did not feel the film was anti-Semitic," said Hanan Ashrawi, a prominent Palestinian Christian who watched it with him on a DVD copy.
Arafat's advisor Nabil Abu Rdainah told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA the 74-year-old former guerrilla leader had hailed the film as "moving and historical."
Jewish groups say Gibson's epic of the last 12 hours of Jesus's life could foment anti-Semitism with its graphic depiction of the torture and crucifixion of Jesus.
German church leaders have also said its "overly negative portrayal" of Jews risked stoking anti-Semitic prejudice.
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