UPDATED: Israel Wants Reel Change, We Want Real Change

Voices of Palestine is calling on people of conscience to join us for two nights to protest the inclusion of Israeli films in the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. The screening of Israeli films, along with funding by the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, violates the 2004 call of “Palestinian academics and intellectuals” for the “international community to comprehensively and consistently boycott all Israeli academic and cultural institutions as a contribution to the struggle to end Israel”s occupation, colonization and system of apartheid.” It also violates 2005 call by 171 Palestinian civil society organizations for “international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts … against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era”.As acclaimed British director Ken Loach noted earlier this year, “The massacres and state terrorism in Gaza make the showcasing of Israeli films in various sections of international film festivals unacceptable.”

Protest “Israel Night” (link)
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Protest starts at 7:00 PM
Location: SIFF Cinema, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle Center
Rally near skybridge from the Mercer garage.

Protest “Closing Night” and the appearance of former Israeli Occupation Forces paratrooper Israeli Consul General Akiva Tor (link)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Protest starts at 7:00 PM
Location: Cinerama Theatre, 2100 4th Ave (at Lenora), Belltown, Seattle
Rally at the corner of 4th and Lenora

Israel Wants Reel Change, We Want Real Change
End the Occupation
Equal Rights for Palestinian Citizens of Israel
Enforce the Palestinian Refugees’ Right of Return

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