From our Middle East Correspondent
08:00 GMT Friday 26 March 2004
In the present climate of 80% unemployment in the Palestinian territories, currently occupied by the IDF, any news of new job opportunities for the locals is welcome news indeed. Recent successes in the fashion shoot featuring the innovative security wall as a stunning backdrop have prompted Israeli movers and shakers in the media world to give yet another boost to jobs and this time their target is the fledgling Palestinian movie industry.
"We have a huge captive audience here - well, a huge source of raw potential in child actors anyway - just waiting to be tapped into", said industry spokeswoman, Avinga Goodlaff. "Most of these kids' early years are spent getting a good grounding in the basics of the trade so all we need to do is fit ‘em up with their belts and roll the cameras at the checkpoints"
Responding to claims that audiences In Israel and the US would not be so stupid as to believe the storylines of child suicide bombers featured in the new movies, Avinga explained, "Of course they believe it. They pay money to see Hollywood garbage and hang on every word of their TV news bulletins, don't they? These people elected their present leaders, after all, so anything is possible.
Asked about safety concerns from the actor unions, Major Goodlaff explained that the security personnel on the film sets were careful not to shoot the child actors on camera. "We prefer to carry out our enrolment days and advanced acting lessons at our special sound-proofed academy camps in Cuba".