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Thursday, April 15, 2004

As I was saying...

This story confirms my belief that Middle Easterners, like everyone else in the world, may be more interested in Hollywood productions. The Passion of the Christ is evidently a big deal, even though depicting a prophet in a movie is "against Islam" and Jesus is considered a prophet by Muslims.

As one movie pirate claimed:

"People are calling me from everywhere in the West Bank –from Bethlehem, Hebron, Ram Allah and Nablus - to ask for copies of the movie," said the owner of a Gaza city video shop, which sells pirated copies of new release movies.

The Passion of the Christ has outsold other Hollywood blockbusters in Gaza and the West Bank's pirated video market, including Matrix Revolutions and The Last Samurai.

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