Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair boycotts Israel film festival
Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 19:10
|Mira Nair (Wikimedia Commons)|
Mira Nair, the internationally-acclaimed director of Salaam Bombay! and Monsoon Wedding, has refused an invitation to take her latest film to Israel, citing the Palestinian call for cultural boycott.
In a series of tweets today, Nair made the following statement:
I was just invited to Israel as a guest of honor at the Haifa International Film Festival with “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” I will not be going to Israel at this time. I will go to Israel when the walls come down. I will go to Israel when occupation is gone. I will go to Israel when the state does not privilege one religion over another. I will go to Israel when Apartheid is over. I will go to Israel, soon. I stand with the [Palestinian Campaign] for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the larger Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement.
[sidebar: Clearly, Mira Nair stands with the Indian Chiefs of America. Thankfully, too.
|CHIEF 'SPIRITED' ("Crazy") HORSE|
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The Native Americans didn't like being walled in, either.
Perhaps we should look very carefully at the leadership quality in the species global operation for what we absolutely know to be 'truth': humans aren't separate in religion or in any way whatsoever other than when a select few use more powerful war weapons to commit atrocities that are well documented in historical annals.]