Seems that Glover and other (very important) Movie Stars have decided that Toronto International Film Festival's (TIFF) spotlight on Tel Aviv implies that TIFF "is complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine."
"Bolstered by increasing support, a coalition of filmmakers and other members of the cultural community protesting the Toronto International Film Festival's spotlight on Tel Aviv are planning a press conference on the festival's opening day.John Greyson withdrew his film "Covered" from TIFF because of this outrageous, anti-Palestinian "complicity" as well.
Although organizers have yet to release details of location, time or even who will speak, a spokeswoman for the group who wrote an open letter to the festival confirmed the plan for a Thursday press conference "due both to the tremendous support we have received since releasing the letter, and also to answer our critics."More than 50 filmmakers, academics, writers and artists have signed the letter, including Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Naomi Klein and Ken Loach. The letter objects to TIFF's decision to choose Tel Aviv for its City-to-City program, which celebrates a foreign city through film. The group has said it is not protesting the individual Israeli filmmakers, but says that TIFF "has become complicit in the Israeli propaganda machine," whether intentionally or not." (source)
Cameron Bailey, the co-director of TIFF was obviously upset. So how does one not cancel a film festival, yet get the message across that he's "one of the good guys?" His response is on the TIFF website.
1. Immediately express interested in the Palestinians:
"We continue to learn more about the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement."
2. Challenge Israel's legitimacy -- and even pre-1967, 1948 armistice lines.
"We recognize that Tel Aviv is not a simple choice and that the city remains contested ground."
Tel-Aviv is contested ground?
May your enemies get a hernia from dancing on your grave.
Bailey's response reminds me of the above Yiddish backhanded insult, which starts off like a compliment (he refused to cancel the focus on Tel-Aviv films) but ends off in an insult...
I wonder how Israeli leftists swallow this sort of illegitimacy -- not those who believe that Israel should be bi-national or devoid of any Jewish connection, but those "moderate" left wingers who find themselves on the same side as TIFF, yet still believe that Tel Aviv is uncontested Israel.
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