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Michael Moore:

Palestinian Oscar Nom

DETAINED at LAX

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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61.

Kyle    

'MURICA

619 days ago
62.

jjbythesea    

Michael who? Oh, that big blob of blubber. Thought it was someone who mattered.

619 days ago
63.

NormalGuy    

Did Moore take the hot dog out of his a$$ to talk to the poor palestinian?

619 days ago
64.

Sapphiegirl    

Name dropping "michael Moore" (NOT EVEN AN AMERICAN HIMSELF!!!!!) Is NOT going to win the Palestinian any favors from the US GOVERNMENT WHO MICHEAL MOORE BERATES CONSTANTLY!

619 days ago
65.

MORE_ISA_PUTZ    

What passport was this director traveling on? Last i checked the so called country of palistine did not have its own currency, issue passports, hell they dont even have an airport.
what we have here is some putz from no mans land showing up with his entitled attitude, playing the victim card and MM comes to his rescue. Maybe MM should go on a one way trip to GAZA!

619 days ago
66.

DaveT    

Michael Moore got rich by charging you a fee to watch him tell you that rich people are greedy

619 days ago
67.

Truth    

MICHAEL MOORE THE FAT OBESE F*CK NEEDS TO SIT THE F*CK DOWN!! HOMELAND SECURITY HAD EVERY RIGHT TO DETAIN AND QUESTION THE DOUCHE BAG UNTIL THEY GOT SATISFACTORY ANSWERS. APPARENTLY THE ASS SH*T DIDNT DO THAT IN THE FIRST 10 MIN SO THEY HELD HIM UNTIL HE DID. THAT'S WHAT SECURITY IS SUPPOSED TO DO... ANY1 CAN FOTOSHOP, PRINT, FOTOGRAPH ONE OF THOSE 2 CENT NOMINEE FORMS AND MAKE IT LOOK REAL WITH 2DAYS TECH. WAKE THE F*CK UP FAT ASS!! IF MOORE HAD HIS WAY JUST PLACE THE "TERRORIST WELCOMED" MAT ON THE TARMAC AND FAT ASS MOORE WILL BE UR DOORMAN TO ALL THE EASY LANDMARK TARGETS. 2996 DIED IN 9/11. SHUD BE 2997. FAT ASS MOORE WAS OUTTA STATE. #TRUTH!!

619 days ago
68.

katadaatk    

wow questioned for an hour and a half that must have been torturous (eyes rolling). come on, it's national security. they didn't belittle him, assault him, harm him or his family - HE IS FINE. rather safe then sorry. i kudos the officers for questioning anyone they feel may be suspicious. it's just questioning!

619 days ago
69.

PaliMORON    

What passport was this director traveling on? Last i checked the so called country of palistine did not have its own currency, issue passports, hell they dont even have an airport.
what we have here is some putz from no mans land showing up with his entitled attitude, playing the victim card and MM comes to his rescue. Maybe MM should go on a one way trip to GAZA!

619 days ago
70.

Joe    

Hey M Moore, stfu and eat another two cheeseburgers.

619 days ago
71.

MikeD    

MM is pure BS. And, does the US have a reason to detain someone? Well, if you're from a place where their thousands of rockets have reined down upon a peaceful nation - You Bet they do.

619 days ago
72.

chaozz    

Glad they did their job.

619 days ago
73.

MikeD    

""I told Emad to give the officers my phone # and to say my name a couple of times."""
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SERIOUSLY ????
That is probably Why they held him so long... He's lucky he wasn't held overnight Q

619 days ago
74.

ronnnnn    

God bless America and Israel.

619 days ago
75.

speakMYbrain    

RACISTS

619 days ago
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