The Integrity of Hope
In August 2010 The ABC publish there response to Senator Ludlam. They resort to an unsubstantiated attack on the editorial integrity of the film.
The United Nations Office of Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, B'tselem The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, The Israeli Statistic Bureau are some of the organizations the filmmaker gathered her information from. Doctor Noah Bassil, Acting Director of the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies, was consulted on the film's accuracy in regards to historical data.
The documentary was presented at the International Peace Research Conference 2010 held in Sydney. Jake Lynch the Director of Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney said that Hope in a Slingshot was "a signal contribution to peaceful media representation of this conflict.
All the resources used to research the film's maps and statistics are transparently stipulated and dated in the final credits of the film.
Despite having one of Australia's finest publicity agents on the job - Tracey Mair - not one interview or story was generated in the main stream media. The unverified attack of the editorial integrity of a film once accepted by the ABC and curiously rejected 7 months later was not considered interesting enough to publicize. No journalist in the main stream media was willing to touch this topic. Although the independent media and dedicated truth seekers were loyal supporters there simply was not enough of them.
Although what was at stack was the broadcast of a film that addresses the gaping hole in information in the main stream media about the Israeli - Palestinian conflict (which is the military occupation of the Palestinian people in that region), the Arabic Australian community was notably silent during this important battle with the ABC.
When using the term 'Arabic Australian Community' what is being addressed here is generically the community as a whole. Leaders of this community did not utter a word of support. One can assume that they did not care enough to support it for some reason or another. Maybe the community as a whole had no faith that success was possible. Whether is was apathy, an off shoot of racism (the film maker is not Arabic) or intellectualized non action because the film does not not support the Palestinian narrative holistically, their input was sorely missed in this battle. Their input especially in the form of formal complaints to the ABC seen right through the three gruelling steps to the independent over seers, could have made all the difference.