Cultural figures shamed for boycott of Tel Aviv International Festival

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 Cultural figures shamed for boycott of Tel Aviv International Festival

More than 200 people in the entertainment industry have signed a public letter against Israel's cultural boycotts in response to calls from the BDS movement to boycott the Tel Aviv LGBTQ+ International Film Festival “TLVFest”. Celebrity actors, musicians and others have said that films have the power to bring people together, transcend borders, broaden horizons and promote positive change in society. “The annual Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival embodies this spirit of unity and truth by showing films from filmmakers of all backgrounds, including Palestinians. For this reason, we reject any attempt to boycott TLVFest — Israel's largest LGBTQ film festival, — which aims to showcase the stories of LGBTQ people around the world and create a brighter future for LGBTQ people both in Israel and around the world,” the letter said. The signatories have spoken out against the divisive rhetoric of the boycottists “who are trying to misinform and intimidate artists” into withdrawing their films from the festival or shaming them for attending.

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