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Palestinian settles lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen

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A Palestinian grocer who sued actor Sacha Baron Cohen for $115 million over his portrayal as a terrorist in the film “Bruno” has settled his slander lawsuit.

Ayman Abu Aita filed the lawsuit in the United States in late 2009 against the movie’s producers and Cohen. His attorney would not discuss the terms of the settlement, reached in late July.

In the movie, Aita, a Christian peace activist, escorts Cohen’s alter ego Bruno, a gay fashion journalist, to a Lebanese refugee camp. Aita is identified onscreen as “Terrorist group leader, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.”

Aita said he received death threats after the movie came out. He said he did not realize that Cohen was an actor filming a comedy movie, and said Cohen misrepresented himself, claiming the movie would help the Palestinian cause.

Aita served in the al Aksa Martyrs Brigades from 2000 until 2003, then spent two years in an Israeli prison on charges of shooting at Israeli soldiers, according to World Net Daily. — jta n


Posted by Mae
08/06/2012  at  10:05 PM
History of Sephardi Jews in Barcelona, Spain

Hello! I would like to introduce myself. I was born & raised in Los Angeles. I grew up knowing that my mother’s father’s father’s father was a native of Barcelona, Spain (and also Valencia). I had been told by my Jewish and non-Jewish friends that my mother looked very Jewish. She did not know a lot about her ancestral paternal history. The only thing she was told is that her Spanish ancestors were sea captains and that they were related to the royal family in Spain. Long time ago according to historians, one Spanish king did have a Jewish physician in 1391 if I remember right. So I am very interested in the rich history of Sephardic Jewish presence in Barcelona that goes back 2,000 years. One Jewish banker from France had a daughter, Jacqueline Rothschild who used to sponsor my father’s participation in chess tournament in Yoguslavia way back in 1961. Jacqueline’s husband, Gregor Piatigorsky taught music at the university in California where my father met my mother. Your comments would be very interested for I hope to learn something new and more! Thanks! I’m deaf and love American sign language. My email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) From Wendy C

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