Scorned Terrorists Issue Bruno Threat
A Palestinian militant organisation that was ridiculed in Bruno, has promised to “respond in the way we find suitable” against Sacha Baron Cohen.
The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, an armed wing of the Fatah movement, has condemned the satirist’s new film in which he plays a gay Austrian fashion worker.
The Islamist group has described the film as “part of a conspiracy” against them – unsurprisingly there has been no comment from Cohen, who was last seen erecting a large bomb shelter in his back garden.
The scene to which the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade have taken extremist exception is one where Cohen’s alter-ego arranges a meeting with Ayman Abu Aita and attempts to get himself kidnapped.
It is claimed that Abu Aita is a leader in the Martyrs Brigade, which is bracketed as a terrorist group in the US and EU.
In the film Cohen tells Abu Aita: “I want to be famous, I want the best guys in the business to kidnap me,” before explaining that, “Al-Qaida are so 2001.”
According to Abu Aita and the Martyrs Brigade, Abu Aita is not a member of the organisation, although they admit that he had links in the past. He is now a political representative for the Fatah party in Bethlehem.
However any hopes that the Islamist fundamentalists might have seen the funny side of the scene were blown away when Cohen advised Abu Aita to shave off his moustache before adding, “your King Osama looks like a dirty wizard or homeless Santa.”
Abu Aita has a commitment to non-violence, alas this is not the case for the Martyrs Brigade who issued a statement saying: “We reserve the right to respond in the way we find suitable against this man. The movie was part of a conspiracy against the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.”
“According to what we checked, there was no meeting about the real context of the film. This was a dirty use of our brother Ayman. We don’t accept the name of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is part of the film.”