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Filmmakers & Academics | 25/10/2010

Thank you, Mike Leigh, for "implicitly" joining cultural boycott

October 25, 2010



Dear Mike Leigh,


We are writing to you as a group of fellow filmmakers and academics, Palestinians, Israelis and others, to thank you for your principled and courageous step of withdrawing from the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School workshop and “implicitly” joining the cultural boycott of Israel. As admirers of your work, from Abigail’s Party to Another Year, we have long appreciated your commitment to those sectors of society that are disenfranchised and normally silenced. Now you have actively and openly intervened in defence of Palestinian rights, and we applaud you for doing so publicly.  You have joined the growing ranks of artists and cultural producers who are refusing to lend their name and prestige to the cover-up of a brutal occupation, already more than four decades old.


Your action also challenges the long silence of most of Israel’s artists and intellectuals who have, unfortunately, been co-opted into the broad Israeli social coalition that supports the brutalities visited by Israel on the Palestinians. Some of those will certainly feel threatened by your stand; we feel supported by it. If a just peace is to be ever achieved in Palestine, Jews elsewhere have to stand together in support of the full rights of the Palestinians. Your action is striking evidence of growing cultural resistance abroad to Israel’s intransigence.  We hope it will encourage others. Only by such concerted action will the situation change in the Middle East.


Thank you, Mike! 



Signed by:


Hany Abu Assad - Filmmaker

Udi Aloni – Filmmaker

Oreet Asheri

Saleh Bakri – Filmmaker

Avia Ben David – Scriptwriter

Prof. Oren Ben-Dor

Simone Bitton – Filmmaker

Rani Blair - Director

Prof. Haim Bresheeth – Filmmaker

Shai Carmeli Pollak

Scandar Copti - Filmmaker

Anat Even – Filmmaker

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein – Actress

Ala Hlehel

Annemarie Jacir - Director

Prof. Ronit Lentin

Yael Lerer

Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky

Dr. Orly Lubin

Prof. Moshe Macover

Miriam Margolyes - Actress

Audrey Maurion Film Editor

Jenny Morgan - Filmmaker

Idit Nathan

Prof. Mica Nava

Osama Qashoo - Director

Prof. Steven Rose

Prof. Hilary Rose

Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead

Danny Rubinstein

Prof. Ella Shohat

Ula Tabari - Actress

Yosi Wanunu – Theatre director

Einat Weizman - Actress

Posted on 25-10-2010

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