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France - Libyan Dictator’s Son In $100 Million Deal With American Jewish Movie Producer

Published on: May 21, 2010 01:16 PM
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Matt and SaadiFrance - Here are two names you don’t expect to see together: Moammar Gadhafi. Hollywood.

But guess what – they’re in bed, making movies.

Hollywood’s latest financial backer is the middle son of the Libyan dictator, Saadi Gadhafi, who is backing a movie production fund called Natural Selection to the tune of $100 milllion.

Matt Beckerman, the CEO of Natural Selection, secured Gadhafi"s backing barely one year ago, and has lately won the Libyan’s agreement to accelerate his investment from an initial plan of 20 films over five years.

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“He loves movies,” explained Beckerman in an interview in his suite on the seventh floor of the Carlton Hotel at the Cannes Film Festival, where he’d come to look for new projects. “He’s seen ‘Lost’ 30 times. He has stacks of DVDs of American films.”

The odd couple story of how Beckerman, 33, a New Jersey-born Jew, came to be backed by the billionaire son of one of the Middle East’s most notorious figures is an unlikely meeting of financial need with celebrity obsession.

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 May 21, 2010 at 01:22 PM Paskunyak Says:

Matt,

Anything you do with "Traif" money won't succeed.

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 May 21, 2010 at 01:43 PM Anonymous Says:

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Paskunyak Says:

Matt,

Anything you do with "Traif" money won't succeed.

what's traif about his money?

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 May 21, 2010 at 01:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Most probably their first venture will be A Star is born .

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 May 21, 2010 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Paskunyak Says:

Matt,

Anything you do with "Traif" money won't succeed.

You speak from experience ?

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 May 21, 2010 at 02:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Paskunyak Says:

Matt,

Anything you do with "Traif" money won't succeed.

What exactly is NOT traif about this whole scenario?!?! Cuba, Hollywood, making films or being in bed together (as this articale claims). Good luck with being in bed with Cuba and Good luck with the money!

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 May 21, 2010 at 03:18 PM chuchem Says:

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Paskunyak Says:

Matt,

Anything you do with "Traif" money won't succeed.

"Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain

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 May 21, 2010 at 03:23 PM HaNavon Says:

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Anonymous Says:

what's traif about his money?

Well, let's start with the fact the Gadhaffi actually froze all of the Jewish money in the country of Libya, took it, then cancelled any debt obligations that any Libyan citizen had to any Jew.
This means that there were wealthy Jews in Libya who woke up one day and their accounts had been emptied, their house and business were owned by the state, and anyone who owed them money did not owe them anything anymore....

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 May 21, 2010 at 04:29 PM Anonymous Says:

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HaNavon Says:

Well, let's start with the fact the Gadhaffi actually froze all of the Jewish money in the country of Libya, took it, then cancelled any debt obligations that any Libyan citizen had to any Jew.
This means that there were wealthy Jews in Libya who woke up one day and their accounts had been emptied, their house and business were owned by the state, and anyone who owed them money did not owe them anything anymore....

CORRECT a lot of this Money comes from stolen Money from Jewish Refugees who were kicked out from Libya.

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 May 21, 2010 at 04:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Isn't it strange that Hollywood has run out of cash to make movies? What happened to all the accumulated profits of decades of money making movies? Did all those secular Jews spend that money and are broke? Do they now have sink so low as to find blood soaked Arab money? Something is very wrong here.

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 May 21, 2010 at 05:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What exactly is NOT traif about this whole scenario?!?! Cuba, Hollywood, making films or being in bed together (as this articale claims). Good luck with being in bed with Cuba and Good luck with the money!

Reply to 5-where did it say Cuba?

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 May 21, 2010 at 06:17 PM Farbisine Friedman Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Isn't it strange that Hollywood has run out of cash to make movies? What happened to all the accumulated profits of decades of money making movies? Did all those secular Jews spend that money and are broke? Do they now have sink so low as to find blood soaked Arab money? Something is very wrong here.

The Hollywood know-nothings gave all their money to Obama. Now they have no money and no country.

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 May 22, 2010 at 09:55 PM reba Says:

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HaNavon Says:

Well, let's start with the fact the Gadhaffi actually froze all of the Jewish money in the country of Libya, took it, then cancelled any debt obligations that any Libyan citizen had to any Jew.
This means that there were wealthy Jews in Libya who woke up one day and their accounts had been emptied, their house and business were owned by the state, and anyone who owed them money did not owe them anything anymore....

Gaddafi nationalized ALL foreign assets, not only Jewish money. Most of Libya's Jews had European citizenship.

Gaddafi's mother was Jewish, the daughter of a Jewish woman who left her Jewish husband for a sheik and took her then nine year old daughter (who had two Jewish parents) and converted to Islam. That daughter, known as Ayesha is Gaddafi's mother, making Gaddafi halachically Jewish.

One of Gaddafi's other sons, Saif al-Islam (mother Safiya Abdulle) has been in a relationship with Israeli actress Orly Weinerman.

I do not see it as at all strange that Gaddafi's son Saadi would be in business with a Jew. Not only does the young Gaddafi have a Jewish father, but for 1200 years, Jews who lived in Muslim countries prospered in business relationships with Muslims.

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 May 22, 2010 at 11:31 PM Anonymous Says:

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reba Says:

Gaddafi nationalized ALL foreign assets, not only Jewish money. Most of Libya's Jews had European citizenship.

Gaddafi's mother was Jewish, the daughter of a Jewish woman who left her Jewish husband for a sheik and took her then nine year old daughter (who had two Jewish parents) and converted to Islam. That daughter, known as Ayesha is Gaddafi's mother, making Gaddafi halachically Jewish.

One of Gaddafi's other sons, Saif al-Islam (mother Safiya Abdulle) has been in a relationship with Israeli actress Orly Weinerman.

I do not see it as at all strange that Gaddafi's son Saadi would be in business with a Jew. Not only does the young Gaddafi have a Jewish father, but for 1200 years, Jews who lived in Muslim countries prospered in business relationships with Muslims.

What?! Is this a documented fact? Is Gaddafi actually a Jew?!

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 May 23, 2010 at 02:13 PM Yossi Says:

What will he name his first movie..? Pan Am.?

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 May 23, 2010 at 08:06 PM sahra Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What?! Is this a documented fact? Is Gaddafi actually a Jew?!

Not only is Gaddafi Jewish, he is also a Holocaust survivor.

In a 1973 interview with the late Ahamad Sidqui al-Dajani and Ibrahim al-Ghwell, published in "Al-Balagh" newspaper, Gaddafi relates about his, "nightmares about German soldiers..."

In 1942 as German troops were fighting the Allies in North Africa, they occupied the Jewish quarter of Benghazi, plundered shops, deported more than 2,000 Jews across the desert, where more than one-fifth of them perished, and sent many Jews to work in labor camps.

Ask any Jew from Libya and he/she will tell you Gaddafi is Jewish.




In a 1973 interview with the late Ahamad Sidqui al-Dajani and Ibrahim al-Ghwell, published in "Al-Balagh" newspaper, Gaddafi relates this childhood memory, "I used to have nightmares about German soldiers..."

From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libyan_Jews):
"In 1942 as German troops were fighting the Allies in North Africa, they occupied the Jewish quarter of Benghazi, plundered shops, deported more than 2,000 Jews across the desert, where more than one-fifth of them perished, and sent many Jews to work in labor camps."

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