Yariv Horowitz has reportedly been beaten by a group of Arab Muslims, causing him to lose consciousness just before his film, ‘Rock the Casbah,’ won the jury’s special prize for Best Film at the Aubagne Film Festival. He was subsequently treated and released. Authorities are speculating that the attack was racially motivated. (What race is Islam?)
The Commentator (h/t MariaJ) Horowitz, who represents Israel, was attacked immediately after the screening of the film by a group of Arab youths.
After the violent incident, Horowitz’s film won the Special Prize of the Jury for Best Picture. Israeli singer and musician Assaf Amdursky also received an award for a movie he wrote music.
‘Rock the Casbah’ takes place in 1989, at the height of the First Intifada in Gaza. An IDF unit is attacked by local Arabs, and one of the soldiers is killed when an Arab throws a washing machine on him from the roof of a building. The soldiers are then stationed on the same roof and come into contact with the family of the murderer. The film describes the soldiers’ stint and the difficulties and dilemmas they face.