We Don’t Feel Like Celebrating with Israel This Year

Naomi KleinWe Don’t Feel Like Celebrating with Israel This Year
Article by Naomi Klein – September 8th, 2009

Last para of Klein’s article:
….This is the context in which a small group of us drafted The Toronto Declaration: No Celebration Under Occupation, which has been signed by the likes of Danny Glover and Ken Loach (we will be unveiling hundreds of new names on the first day of TIFF). Contrary to the many misrepresentations, the letter is not calling for a boycott of the festival. It is a simple message of solidarity that says: We don’t feel like partying with Israel this year. It is also a small way of saying to Mona Al Shawa and millions of other Palestinians living under occupation and siege that we have not forgotten them, and we are still outraged.

It’s not too late to add your name
http://torontodeclaration.blogspot.com/

Adding Your Name
To add your name to this letter, please send your name, occupation and country to tiff.letter@gmail.com
We will accept signatures until September 14, 2009

For further reading on this issue:

Letter by Canadian filmmaker John Greyson on withdrawing his film from the Toronto International Film Festival in protest against City to City: http://tiny.cc/tiff_open_letter
(not sure I agree with his decision to withdraw his film, but it reminds me of the Modi award going to Gujarat – ‘business as usual’ -beena)

Response by TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey to Greyson’s withdrawal and this petition:
http://www.tiff.net/livefromthefestival/openlettercitytocity

Report in Israeli daily Haaretz:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1110750.htmlspages/1110750.html

Report in Guardian newspaper, UK:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2009/sep/01/israel-palestine-boycott-film

Statement by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1085etemplate.php?id=1085

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