‘Toronto film festival tool for Israeli propaganda’

I left.

Some 50 intellectuals and filmmakers including Briton Ken Loach have accused the Toronto film festival of complicity with an ‘Israeli propaganda campaign’.

The Toronto International Film Festival chose this year to present 10 films by local filmmakers on the Israeli metropolis for its ‘City to City’ program, which each year focuses its lens on a different city.

This year’s program was devoted to Tel Aviv and the Jaffa area. However, the choice led to protests that the film festival was ‘staging a propaganda campaign’ on Israel’s behalf, given ‘the absence of Palestinian filmmakers in the program’, said an open letter to festival organizers.

The program, it said, “ignores the suffering of thousands of former residents and descendants of the Tel Aviv/Jaffa area who currently live in refugee camps in the Occupied Territories” after a “mass exiling of the Palestinian population” in 1948.

“Looking at modern, sophisticated Tel Aviv without also considering the city’s past and the realities of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza strip, would be like rhapsodizing about the beauty and elegant lifestyles in white-only Cape Town or Johannesburg during apartheid without acknowledging the corresponding black townships of Khayelitsha and Soweto.”

The 50 signatories to the letter include Canadian sociologist Naomi Klein, British filmmaker Ken Loach, American actress Jane Fonda and several other filmmakers.


One thought on “‘Toronto film festival tool for Israeli propaganda’

  1. Dixon Cox says:

    My complaint is that Israeli propaganda is just too boring, add this to the pretentious film festival crowd and you get a real snoozer. Palestinian propaganda is much more fun and filled with colorful characters such as a giant Jew eating rabbit, and Mickey mouse’s fanatical Muslim twin. “Let’s sing the martyr song!” What’s next, a giant suicidal lizard? Maybe the Geicko gecko can get a job with them. “Today we are going to build a Qassam, can you say Qassam boys and girls?”

    Perhaps these 50 intellectuals should put their heads together and figure out what else the people of Gaza could do with 25 miles of beach front real estate (DUHHHHHHH!) How far down on the list do you think launching Katyusha’s would be?

    The world is filled with old useless eastern bloc munitions, what better use for it then to sell to the worlds dumbest people to shoot at the world’s most trigger happy people. This should be a reality show!

    Does anybody really care what Jane Fonda thinks anymore?

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