PARIS (Oct. 13)
Jewish extremists last night interrupted the showing of a pro-Palestinian film by breaking windows, throwing stink bombs and releasing mice in the cinema. The showing of the film was interrupted as spectators fled the smoke-infested hall and police appeared on the scene.
The film, Jean Luc Godard’s “Here and There,” was shown in a small art studio and was attended by only a handful of people. It is generally expected that the attack and the ensuing publicity will give it a new lease on life.
A secret group called “An Eye for an Eye” released a statement assuming responsibility for the attack. The group’s communique said last night’s attack “is a warning.” It added, “we shall not permit the showing of anti-Semitic and racist films.” The cinema’s director, Marin Karmitz, himself Jewish and a well-known member of the Paris intellectual community, said the attack was a “Nazi-like action in that it undermined freedom of speech and democracy.”