Cinema boy­cott — take two

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DOHERTY

TWO IS­RAELI film-mak­ers have been de­nied fund­ing to at­tend a pres­ti­gious fes­ti­val in Bri­tain be­cause of a boy­cott.

Yoav Hor­nung and Niv Sh­pigel have di­rected films due to be shown at the En­coun­ters fes­ti­val in Bris­tol in Septem­ber. But nei­ther will be able to at­tend the screen­ings be­cause money of­fered by the Is­raeli em­bassy to pay for their travel has been re­jected.

Dan Golan, coun­sel­lor for cul­tural af­fairs at the em­bassy, said: “We com­mit­ted to fund­ing both film-mak­ers so they could present their films, and the fes­ti­val agreed. But it has since said it would not ac­cept the money.

Mr Golan said he sus­pected or­gan­is­ers had changed their minds be­cause they feared pro-Pales­tinian protests sim­i­lar to those at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe. “The fes­ti­val is not will­ing to be iden­ti­fied pub­licly as re­ceiv­ing fund­ing from our gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Mr Hor­nung said it would be ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing if the de­ci­sion pre­vented him from com­ing to Bris­tol.

The fes­ti­val failed to re­spond to re­peated re­quests for com­ment.

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