The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine- Ramallah
Following calls by Palestinian activists to boycott Ziad Doueiri’s works over his “normalization” with Israel, a film festival in Ramallah has ended without the screening of a movie.
On Sunday, the city’s municipality, which is a partner in the annual event, decided to scrap the screening at Ramallah’s cultural palace citing its “responsibility to preserve civil peace and social coherence”.
While the cancellation came after the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and other activists launched a campaign against the showing, opposing the director’s previous work in Israel.
Several months in Tel Aviv, Doueiri had spent filming his previous movie, 2012’s The Attack.
BDS said in a statement, “Since Ziad Doueiri is still defending normalization, then the screening of his film by Arab festivals – regardless of intentions – can only be seen as encouraging him to continue his destructive and normalizing approach,”.
“To stop the planned screening … until a new formula for boycott is adopted, with consultations of civil society, to deal with a case like this one the activists had urged the festival’s organizers in their call.
Source: Al Jazeera News