Israel is boycotting a film festival in Paris which plans to screen “Foxtrot”, an acclaimed drama which depicts the Israeli army covering up the deaths of Palestinian teenagers.
Israel’s embassy in France will not attend the March 13 opening ceremony of the Israeli Film Festival, when director Samuel Maoz’s movie will be screened, because organisers ignored advice to find a “more suitable” picture for the event “which will include an audience of Jewish donors”, Israel’s foreign ministry said.
According to The Times of Israel, the statement said: “The festival’s management, due to its own considerations, chose not to accept the recommendation. Therefore, the foreign ministry ordered the ambassador not to be present at the opening ceremony.”
In an interview with Haaretz on Monday, festival director Helene Schoumann said: “I really love the movie. I don’t see anything against Israel whatever … So I won’t cancel it. Of course not.”
Foxtrot was nominated to represent Israel …
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