Schnabel ‘shocked’ By Mer-Khamis’ Death

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April 5, 2011 | 7:35am EST

Director Julian Schnabel and his partner Rula Jebreal have expressed their sadness after Miral actor Juliano Mer-Khamis was gunned down in the Northern West Bank on Monday.
The Arab-Israeli star, who was a vocal critic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was shot by a masked gunman in the town ofJenin, close to the drama school and community theater he ran.

The actor was rushed to a local hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

Schnabel and Jebreal were stunned to learn about the passing of Mer-Khamis, who they worked with on 2010 political movie Miral, and have now spoken of their grief.

A representative for the film tells the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six, “Rula and Julian were very shocked at this tragic news.”

Miral was directed by Schnabel and based on Jebreal’s book of the same name. The film starred Freida Pinto as a conflicted Palestinian girl growing up in Israel.