Rules Of Engagement angers Arabs

Military movie accused of negative stereotypes

by Willow Green |
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Rules of Engagement, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, is the latest film to upset members of the Arab-American community. The film, directed by William Friedkin, is about an army officer facing trial for ordering his men to open fire on civilians who are storming the American embassy in Yemen.

A spokeperson for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee called the film's attitude "uniformly negative" and expressed concern that it "would portray a group of children as murderous, threatening and fanatical". Despite these complaints the film is currently at number one in the US box office. In 1998 the Arab community was similarly incensed by the Bruce Willis picture The Siege, which showed Arab-Americans being placed in military camps.

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