Israel’s lawless film festival is not for Israel
A lawless cinema festival in Israel that is a frequent target for anti-Israel violence is not aimed at Israeli citizens, an Israeli journalist and film maker said.
An Israeli film festival in the West Bank, known as the Israel Lawless Film Festival, attracts hundreds of Israeli-speaking film fans from around the world to the region, but many of them have no idea what the festival is all about.
The festival is open to Israelis but the festival’s main purpose is to promote films that are anti-Semitic, the journalist and filmmaker, Daniel Levy, told The Jerusalem Times.
A few weeks ago, Levy said, some Israeli-American filmmakers approached him and offered him the job of helping them create the Israel-based version of their film, “The Last One.”
Levy said the filmmakers, some of whom are members of a group called “The Jewish Voice for Peace,” asked him to make a movie about the conflict in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Levy said he agreed and set out to make the film, which he described as “an anti-occupation movie.”
“They’re not saying, ‘We want you to do this movie,’ they’re saying, ‘[We want] you to tell this story of the Palestinians,’ ” Levy said.
The Israel Lawful Film Festival is one of several lawless movies that have been set up in the past few years in the region.
Israeli-language films have been released in Iran, the Palestinian territories and parts of the Gaza Strip, while Israeli films have appeared in Egypt and in Jordan.
Levy said he does not believe his film is anti-Israeli, but he said it is “anti-Zionist” and that he hoped that people would learn about the events in the Middle East through the films.
The Israeli lawless movie festival is located in the northern West Bank village of Silwan and is one the most popular film festivals in the country.
A popular festival is the Israel Peace Festival, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of Israelis to its Israeli-Palestinian screenings.
The festival has hosted screenings for years, but Levy said it has been increasingly difficult to organize and he and his colleagues have been forced to make fewer and fewer films to fill the void.
The last one, Levy’s film, was shot in 2015.
Israel’s Minister of Culture, Culture and Sports, Uri Regev, has said that the lawless films are not meant to promote a specific ideology, but are instead a reflection of the complex and nuanced relationship between the Palestinian people and their land.
The festivals are set up to attract Israeli-speakers from around Europe and elsewhere, and some of them also have a Palestinian component, including a film festival that has produced films critical of Israeli settlements in the Gaza strip.
But many Israelis, including some prominent Israeli journalists, do not see Israel’s films as being anti-Jewish and some also claim that the films do not even reflect Israel’s views, and that they are simply part of an anti-Arab propaganda campaign.
The lack of an official stance on the issue of anti-Semitism at the Israel lawless festival has left some in the Jewish community angry.
Israel has recently introduced a new law prohibiting the screening of “non-traditional” films that depict “anti-“Arab sentiment.
But a few years ago, Israeli filmmaker Nachman Shai told Haaretz that he and a group of fellow filmmakers had been told by the Culture Ministry that they could not film a film about the Gaza riots in which Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces.
“There was a statement made by the minister that if we do this, we would be subject to arrest,” Shai said.
“The statement was that if the film is ‘non-cultural,’ it would be banned and that the Minister would call for an investigation.”
“If we film an Israeli film in which a Palestinian is a protagonist, we are going to be in trouble,” Shay said.
“The fact that I was told I can’t film a Palestinian character is a huge blow to me.
I’m not trying to be critical of any individual film, but I can understand why the ministry would do that.
They want to silence us.”
Shai said that many of his fellow filmmakers are not interested in making films about the Israeli-Arab conflict, but they have been invited to film screenings of films that criticize Israeli policies in the Palestinian region.
“It’s a problem for me personally,” he said.
Shai, a member of the leftist Jewish Home party, is a member on the Israeli parliament’s foreign affairs committee and was recently named to the committee’s list of people who have the ability to influence public policy.
He said that he does want to continue his film project and that his group is working to bring the Israeli government to its senses on the Gaza issue.
“We want to get the ministry to listen to the voices of those who feel there’s no difference between Israeli policy in Gaza and the policies of the West, and not just the Palestinians