"The Passion of the Christ" is a blockbuster among
Arab Muslims and Christians
3/30/2004 11:18 AM
By: Associated Press
Cairo, Egypt-(AP) -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the
Christ" is a big hit among Arab Muslims and Christians
in the Middle East.
The film has drawn large and enthusiastic crowds in
Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. And Arabs in other Mideast
countries are eagerly awaiting its release.
It seems that many viewers not only see a strong
anti-Jewish message -- they think it's part of the
A Jordanian Muslim woman says she was moved to tears
when she saw the movie at an Amman theater. She says
the movie "unmasked the Jews' lies."
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat saw the movie over
the weekend in the West Bank. He compared the pain
Jesus endured during the crucifixion to the suffering
he says Israel has inflicted on Palestinians.
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