Saturday, August 05, 2006  

A picture is worth 1,000 words prt II

An e-mail I received from an academic film scholar's group I am part of:
Israeli Filmmakers Support Arab Filmmakers

A letter to Palestinian and Lebanese filmmakers, to
coincide with the opening of the Arab Film Biennial in
Paris July 22nd

We, the undersigned Israeli filmmakers, greet the Arab
filmmakers who have gathered in Paris for the Arab Film
Biennial. Through you, we wish to convey a message of
camaraderie and solidarity with our Lebanese and
Palestinian colleagues who are currently besieged and
bombarded by our country's army.

We unequivocally oppose the brutality and cruelty of
Israeli policy, which has reached new heights in recent
weeks. Nothing justifies the continued occupation,
closure, and oppression in Palestine. Nothing justifies
the bombing of civilians and the destruction of
infrastructures in Lebanon and Gaza.

Allow us to tell you that your films, which we try to
see and circulate among us, are extremely important in
our eyes. They enable us to know and understand you
better. Thanks to these films, the men, women, and
children who suffer in Gaza, Beirut, and everywhere
else our army exercises its violence - have names and
faces. We would like to thank you and encourage you to
keep on filming, despite the difficulties.

For our part, we will continue to express through our
films, with our raised voices, and in our personal
actions our vehement opposition to the occupation, and
we will continue to express our desire for freedom,
justice, and equality among all the peoples of the

Nurith Aviv
Ilil Alexander
Adi Arbel
Yael Bartana
Philippe Bellaiche
Simone Bitton
Michale Boganim
Amit Breuer
Shai Carmeli-Pollack
Sami S. Chetrit
Danae Elon
Anat Even
Jack Faber
Ari Folman
Gali Gold
BZ Goldberg /
Sharon Hamou
Amir Harel
Avraham Heffner
Rachel Leah Jones
Dalia Karpel
Avi Kleinberger
Edna Kowarsky
Philippa Kowarsky
Ram Loevi
Avi Mograbi
Jud Neeman
David Ofek
Iris Rubin
Abraham Segal
Nurith Shareth
Julie Shlez
Eyal Sivan
Yael Shavit
Eran Torbiner
Osnat Trabelsi
Daniel Waxman
Keren Yedaya

The above are some of the most forward thinkers of their scoiety and their films are known internationally. Many already support the academic boycott of Israel and all who signed above do so at the possible expense of their funding and their careers.

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