Terrorist Ayman Abu Aita, who previously threatened to sue for being identified as a terrorist in the Bruno movie, has reportedly followed through.
The Palestinian grocer and peace activist from Bethlehem says the depiction of him in the movie has ruined his life. In Bruno, Cohen’s gay character claims to travel to the Ein El-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon to meet a leader of the Al-Aqsa Brigades. A caption describes Abu Aita as ‘Terrorist group leader, Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade’.
In fact, the scene was filmed at a well-known hotel on the outskirts of Bethlehem in the West Bank in an area under Israeli control, next to an Israeli army base.
On American TV last July Cohen told talkshow host Letterman his production team found this ‘real terrorist’ through a CIA contact.
Abu Aita has filed a suit against Cohen, NBC Universal Studios and Letterman demanding £70 million [$114 million] – equal to half the movie’s gross box office takings.
The father of four says says he has since received death threats, he is a firm opponent of terrorists, and that he was tricked into meeting Cohen, thinking he was a German producing a film about the Palestinian cause. [DailyMail]
Zee Germans, of course, it’s always their fault. Anyway, that’s the part of the story most news outlets and blogs are covering. But keep in mind, Aita was a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade from 2000 to 2003 and even did two years in Israeli prison. So his claims that’s he’s not a terrorist, just a mild-mannered Christian now are pretty much like any other criminal who says he’s a Christian now. Plus, look at that mustache, of course he’s a terrorist.