Family of slain Hamas leader wants to halt Israeli film’s release


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The family of a Hamas leader assassinated in a hotel room in Dubai is trying to halt the release of an Israeli movie about the incident.

"Kidon," which means spear, is set to be released in France and Israel in about six months. It stars Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli as a Mossad agent.

A cousin of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was slain in a Dubai hotel in January 2010, told The Associated Press that the movie is a "Zionist conspiracy" to defame the former Hamas leader.

It is not clear where the Mabhouh family will file a lawsuit seeking to block the film’s release, according to the AP.

Israeli agents are suspected of using foreign passports to travel undercover to Dubai in order to assassinate al-Mabhouh. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied any involvement in the slaying, but Dubai police released hotel camera footage showing the assassination team wearing disguises.


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