The Confederation of Jews in France and Friends of Israel welcomes the decision of the Israeli Embassy not to participate in the Israeli Film Festival in Paris and calls all its supporters and all Parisians not to attend.
Indeed, this festival should be called the Anti-Israel Film Festival as the recurrence of the violence of the attacks on society, governance and the Israeli army is constant and it soars and increases over the years .
The fact that the organizer wanted, at any price (including knowing that the consequence would be the absence of the ambassador of Israel), to open this festival by the film "Foxtrot" of the director Samuel MAOZ, demonstrates the violent anti-Israeli political commitment to Hélène Schoumann, which everyone knows the political acquaintances.
What shocks us more is the attitude of "Jewish Tribune" and CRIF who, in their respective newsletters, promoted this festival and this abominable film, giving a lot of Hélène Schoumann who has a great deal of joy in criticizing Israel's ambassador and governance.
That this film was awarded the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival does not demonstrate the quality of this film, on the contrary!
Indeed, it has been a long time since Israeli films are honored by Film Festivals in Europe only when they denigrate the army, society or governance of Israel. All films that positively portray Israeli society have never been eligible for this privilege.
It is time for Europe to stop this systematic denigration of Israel, which is accompanied by the rise of anti-Semitism on the continent!
The Israeli ambassador to France will not attend the ceremony due to the broadcast of the film "Foxtrot" by Israeli director Samuel Maoz.
Because of the controversial film's diffusion Foxtrot, the ambassador ofIsrael in la France will not participate in the opening night of the Israeli Film Festival of Paris. The announcement was made Sunday, February 11 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel. The embassy "has suggested to the festival management to choose a film that is not controversial for its opening night, but as a result of its refusal [...], the ministry has decided that the ambassador will not be present at this evening, "he said in a statement.
"A false representation"
The complex and surreal film Foxtrot Israeli director Samuel Maoz won last year's Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev then accused the film of lending a "ritual murder" charge against Israeli soldiers. She had welcomed the non-selection at the Oscars of Foxtrot in January, claiming that "this decision spared us a bitter disappointment and a false representation in the world of the Israeli army". "The Israeli Embassy in France is proud to have supported the Israeli Film Festival in Paris since its inception 18 years ago and is not used to meddling in the selection of films broadcast during the festival," he said. however, the ministry's communiqué said.
In September 2017, director Samuel Maoz claimed that he criticized the place where he lived "because [he] [he] did not care, because [he] wants to protect him, [he] does it for love. " The 18th edition of the Israeli Film Festival will take place from March 13 to 20 in Paris.