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Israel to boycott film festival in France

MEMO | February 12, 2018

The Israeli government is to boycott the Paris Film Festival over the organiser’s decision to air a movie that is said to “hurt the reputation of Israel’s military”.

Culture Minister, Miri Regev, is said to be on a mission to stop the film “Foxtrot” gaining wide recognition. The Israeli movie has a controversial scene in which the Israeli military covers up the deaths of a carload of Palestinian teenagers.

The movie focuses on the life of a family: two parents and their daughter who all reside in Tel Aviv, while their son – who is a soldier – serves far away from them. The movie won the Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival and was shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Regev has not only denounced the movie for “defaming the IDF and its values” she is also putting pressure on the foreign ministry to withdraw its support from the Israeli Film Festival in Paris later in the year.

It seems Regev was unaware that “Foxtrot” was going to open the festival until she visited Paris recently and met with Israeli Ambassador to France Aliza Ben-Nun and her team to discuss a project promoting cultural connections between Israel and France. During the conversation, Haaretz reported that Regev became aware that “Foxtrot” was going to be shown, which according to Regev “contradicts earlier agreements”.

Regev told Haaretz that Israel should not “support a festival that showcases films that slander us throughout the world and contains false content about IDF soldiers and its citizens.” According to Regev, she instructed her ministry’s director general to “make clear to the Foreign Ministry, which is allocating money to the festival, that it is inconceivable for the Foreign Ministry to conduct a policy independent from the government’s policy.”

Regev also complained that the movie was used by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) to highlight the Israeli military in a poor light.

The Israeli Film Festival in Paris is run by the French film association Kolnoah (the Hebrew word for “cinema”). In addition to a stipend from the Israeli foreign ministry, it receives backing from the Israeli Film Fund, the Israeli Film Council and a handful of French-Jewish organisations.

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4 Comments »

  1. “The Israeli movie has a controversial scene in which the Israeli military covers up the deaths of a carload of Palestinian teenagers”.

    That doesn’t sound even half as bad as the behaviour of the Israeli military’s ACTUAL behaviour towards the Palestinian teenagers, some as young as 13yo, or even Palestinian children. Actually, the crimes of the IDF against Palestinian children, although reported by the ‘alternative press, are never mentioned on the MSM, whose job it is to “airbrush” Israel’s domestic crimes, from the pages of history………..(But keep mention of “THE HOLOCAUST” perpetually in our sight)

    I’ll bet this movie has NO CHANCE of being screened in ANY American Film Festivals then?

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 12, 2018 | Reply

  2. https://youtu.be/gnT5SJxxRO0 All that concern about criticism has a simple solution.

    Comment by John Edward Kendrick | February 12, 2018 | Reply

    • Brilliant……I wish I’d said that, but I would have been called an “anti -Semite”….AND, I’m SO SICK of hearing about ‘something’ called “The Holocaust”(75+ years ago)…..which has been dispelled by the International Red Cross, but we ‘MUST BELIEVE” in some Jewish guy 2,018 years ago, who “Died for our sins”….because, ‘It’s ALL our FAULT”……….Fuck Jesus and Fuck the Devil(I have NO FEAR of either of them….and, I’m 69 Years Old)………It WASN’T MY FAULT………(I feel better now)

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 13, 2018 | Reply

      • Sorry for the language….But….”I’m not takin’ it any more”……

        Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | February 13, 2018 | Reply


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