|GAD BEN-MEIR, former director of the World Sephardi Federation in London, has until recently practiced law as a
Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. He is a published poet in Arabic
and now in English as of 2020. He has a keen interest in literature. He worked as a film critic in the early days of
cinema, in Baghdad, Iraq.
The story behind his writing of poems and lyrics is unusual. After matriculating from the Shammash School (1948) in
Baghdad, he worked for two years as a teacher at the “Alliance Israelite Universelle,” a primary and intermediate French
school in Baghdad. It was in this two-year period that he also worked as a film critic. The Egyptian and Indian movies that
he wrote about, and that he enjoyed, were full of singing and dancing. It was at that time that he himself started to write
poems of love. He wrote not only in literary Arabic, but inspired by these films, in the Egyptian dialect as well.
It was only years later, however, that he had the chance to affectionately perfect his Egyptian Arabic through his close
friendships with Egyptian clients he represented as a lawyer.
In seeking to give joy and happiness to others, Gad Ben-Meir publishes his poetry. Two of his three volumes of poetry
and lyrics are mainly in literary Arabic, but the third volume Ya Manal Ya Manali is in the Egyptian dialect. Professor
Emeritus Shmuel Moreh of the Hebrew University in Jersusalem, who graduated with Gad Ben-Meir from the same
secondary school, Shammash, wrote the introduction to all three books. A well-known Israeli composer, Isaak Abu Izz,
composed the music for his poem “Ya Manal Ya Manali,” and Hiba Bat’hish, a gifted young singer from Nazareth, sang it
in 2006 to a cheering crowd in Tel-Aviv.
|ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND THANK YOU TO GAD BEN-MEIR
in regard to my screenplay "Blue Mist," an original screenplay by Aviva Butt published in On Screenwriting and Love and
Politics: The Screenplay "Blue Mist" (SBPRA: 2013):
I wish to acknowledge and express my gratitude to Gad Ben-Meir for his great contribution to my project of 2009-2010,
which became my screenplay BLUE MIST. I consulted with him in general and about legal issues raised in the story. My
book On Screenwriting and Love and Politics: The Screenplay "Blue Mist" bears a dedication to him for this reason.
-The character "Kevin" was inspired by Gad Ben-Meir's perception of the Mossad's methods.
-The "Case Officer's" threats to the protagonist "Nissim" were based on Gad Ben-Meir's understanding of the legalities
involved if a Mossad agent decided not to carry out his mission.