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Michael Moore:

Palestinian Oscar Nom


2/20/2013 7:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Director Michael Moore is outraged ... claiming his friend -- a Palestinian director whose film is nominated for an Oscar -- was detained at LAX last night because officials didn't believe the man was REALLY in town for the Academy Awards.

Moore tweeted a play-by-play of the incident ... claiming his friend, Emad Burnat -- whose film "5 Broken Cameras" is nominated for Best Documentary Feature," was held for an hour-and-a-half while officials grilled him about his visit.

Moore tweeted, "Emad, his wife & 8-yr old son were placed in a holding area and told they didn't have the proper invitation on them to attend the Oscars."

He continued, "Although he produced the Oscar invite nominees receive, that wasn't good enough & he was threatened with being sent back to Palestine."

"Apparently the Immigration & Customs officers couldn't understand how a Palestinian could be an Oscar nominee. Emad texted me for help."

"I called Academy officials who called lawyers. 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 L.A. for the week & go to the Oscars. Welcome to America."

"'It's nothing I'm not already used to,' he told me later. 'When u live under occupation, with no rights, this is a daily occurrence.'"

Moore concluded ... "He was certain they were going to deport him. But not if I had anything to do about it."

We've reached out to LAX and immigration officials -- so far, no comment.


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Maybe it's like a reverse Argo situation. We need to be careful, our immigration officers did the right thing.

549 days ago


"I told Emad to give the officers my phone # and to say my name a couple of times."

That's probably why he was held in the first place. "Excuse me Mr. Burnet but anyone befriending that piece of garbage is suspect."

549 days ago


The Palestinans are the biggest con on the world..they are from Egypt and Jprdan where even the Queen is a Palestinian..

549 days ago


Michael Moore is an incredibly pompous a$$

549 days ago


Michael Moore is the biggest piece of trash on Earth

549 days ago


Ohh, Michael Moore is "outraged" ? Everybody shake everybody run, oh wait,that's right, nobody cares.

549 days ago


Boo-friggin-hoo. Michael Moore is nothing but a fat, hypocritical, worthless douchebag. If the person is a friend of his then they probably are too.

549 days ago


TMZ can't figure out how to make their site work with the Chrome browser, we can't vote up or down

549 days ago


This is what happens when uneducated ****roaches are in charge of airport security. The TSA continuously proves it's a joke, and it's an embarrassment to America.

549 days ago


Where's MM when American children in wheelchairs are being detained and terrorized by TSA? And if you don't like how your neighbors treat you as a Palestinian...maybe you should stop shooting missiles into their country on a DAILY basis...Oh, and having school textbooks that claim your neighbors come from dogs and such probably does not help either. Animals get caged...and that is what Palestinians act like.

549 days ago

The Dude    

who the F*** gives a crap about anything MM has to say, s***bag hypocrite.

549 days ago

Pudding Tang    

That's right! , welcome to the new America...

549 days ago


Michael Moore is a f'g POS idiot. We'll keep the Palestinian, and ship MM to Iran.

549 days ago


Maybe Michael Moore's new movie will be about the TSA, he's due for some new material and now he's just been given it!!!! HA! HA!

549 days ago


now if a terrorist were to get through and blow something up.michael would make a doc blasting the security and how it doesnt work.tsa is damned if they do damned if they dont.i also look for moore to make a doc about this blaming this on republicans some way some how

549 days ago
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