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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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121.

Samoa read    

Lundy. The fact is you and you're mop the Jews are the biggest cons in the world. palestine is ours and the Zionist have no place there .so sooner or later you and them are going to be kicked out of there just like the dogs you are .

576 days ago
122.

steve dollinger    

that fatso still thinks the ICE let this guy get in because of his influence....guy needs more food...

575 days ago
123.

Silence Dogood    

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

If he were sent back to Palestine, at which airport would he land? Alah Aerodrome? Mohamed International? Oh wait...that's right...there is no Palestine, no matter how much you want there to be.

574 days ago
124.

John    

Good Oscars, except for the last five minutes.

573 days ago
125.

Moore is less    

Why shouldn't he be held to the same standard and more, as we are here in the U.S.? Michael Moron, you're a putz.

573 days ago
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