JANE FONDA COERCED BY ZIONISTS TO OPT OUT OF FILM BOYCOTT

Below is an article from The Guardian, followed by Fonda’s own words on the situation.

Jane Fonda apologises over Toronto petition

Fonda regrets signing letter objecting to Toronto film festival’s decision to showcase films from Tel Aviv

Jane Fonda Jane Fonda said she had signed the letter ‘without reading it carefully enough’. Photograph: Andrew H Walker/Getty

Jane Fonda has apologised for signing a petition decrying the decision by organisers of the Toronto film festival to showcase films from the Israeli capital, Tel Aviv.

In a post on the Huffington Post blog yesterday, Fonda said she had signed the letter, which has been fiercely criticised by Hollywood luminaries such as Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Portman and Sacha Baron Cohen, “without reading it carefully enough, without asking myself if some of the wording wouldn’t exacerbate the situation rather than bring about constructive dialogue”.

She continued: “In the hyper-sensitised reality of the region in which any criticism of Israel is swiftly and often unfairly branded as anti-Semitic, it can become counterproductive to inflame rather than explain and this means to hear the narratives of both sides, to articulate the suffering on both sides, not just the Palestinians. By neglecting to do this the letter allowed good people to close their ears and their hearts.”

However Fonda pointed out that her decision had been based on anger over the suspicion that Toronto was being used by the Israeli government to boost its newly launched campaign to “rebrand” the country. “Arye Mekel, the Israeli foreign ministry’s director general for cultural affairs, has said that artists and writers must be enlisted in order to ‘show Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war’,” she said. “The protesters felt it was wrong for the much-respected festival to be used in this manner.”

The original protest letter was written by a group of Toronto-based film-makers angered by the festival’s decision to put Tel Aviv at the centre of its inaugural City to City programme. It was then signed by more than 1,500 supporters, including director Guy Maddin, actor Viggo Mortensen, author Naomi Klein and musician David Byrne.

Yesterday the film-makers held a press conference refuting claims they advocated a boycott of the festival over the Tel Aviv focus. Speaking alongside Toronto film-maker John Greyson and Palestinian-Israeli director Elia Sulieman, among others, proponent Elle Flanders said the letter was not targeted at Israeli film-makers themselves, “but rather the frame”.

She said: “Our campaign was meant to begin the dialogue that TIFF missed out on – one that refuses the Israeli government’s attempt to shift attention away from the conflict that it maintains and worsens daily.”

Israeli film-maker Samuel Maoz, whose film Lebanon won the Golden Lion at Venice at the weekend, has been among the most vocal critics of Fonda’s decision. He told the Observer: “The point of a film like mine is to open a dialogue, to get people talking to each other about important issues. This is something you can’t do if films are boycotted. It makes no sense to boycott art. Maybe I wouldn’t have won if Jane Fonda was on the jury, but she wasn’t.”

The Toronto film festival runs until Saturday.

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In her own words…..

Jane Fonda

Expanding the Narrative

I recently signed a letter protesting the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to showcase and celebrate Tel Aviv. This in the very year when Gaza happened. The decision made the festival a participant in the newly launched campaign to “rebrand” Israel. Arye Mekel, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Cultural Affairs, has said that artists and writers must be enlisted in order to “show Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war.” The protesters felt it was wrong for the much-respected festival to be used in this manner. The role of art, after all, is not to prettify but to expose reality with all its contradictions and complexities.

I signed the letter without reading it carefully enough, without asking myself if some of the wording wouldn’t exacerbate the situation rather than bring about constructive dialogue. Last week, Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, director of the Chai Center in Los Angeles, explained to me the meaning of the Hebrew word “teshuva”– to fix things you have done incorrectly, not just by never doing them again but by “coming with a sincere heart. Words that come from the heart enter the heart.” Some of the words in the protest letter did not come from my heart, words that are unnecessarily inflammatory: The simplistic depiction of Tel Aviv as a city “built on destroyed Palestinian villages,” for instance, and the omission of any mention of Hamas’s 8-month-long rocket and mortar attacks on the town of Sderot and the western Negev to which Israel was responding when it launched its war on Gaza.

Many citizens now suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result. In the hyper-sensitized reality of the region in which any criticism of Israel is swiftly and often unfairly branded as anti-Semitic, it can become counterproductive to inflame rather than explain and this means to hear the narratives of both sides, to articulate the suffering on both sides, not just the Palestinians. By neglecting to do this the letter allowed good people to close their ears and their hearts. Additionally, protesting the use of the festival to “rebrand” Israel was perhaps too easily misunderstood. It certainly has been wildly distorted. Contrary to the lies that have been circulated, the protest letter was not demonizing Israeli films and filmmakers. On one of the many trips I have made to Israel, I spoke at Tel Aviv University’s film department and am well aware, as I’m sure the other signatories are, that Israeli films are not a mouthpiece for their government’s policies. Nor was the letter an attack on the legitimacy of Tel Aviv as an Israeli city, or a call to boycott the Toronto Film Festival. In fact, many signatories are attending the festival and have films showing there. As I said in my recent blog, the greatest “re-branding” of Israel would be to celebrate that country’s long standing, courageous and robust peace movement by helping to end the blockade of Gaza through negotiations with all parties to the conflict, and by stopping the expansion of West Bank settlements. That’s the way to show Israel’s commitment to peace, not a PR campaign. There will be no two-state solution unless this happens.

The Israeli-Palestinian story cannot be reduced to a simplistic aggressor-victim relationship. In order to fully understand this, one must be willing to come together with an open heart and really hear the narratives of both sides. One narrative sees 1948 as the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their land. Another sees it as the birth of a nation. Conceivably it was both. Neither narrative can be erased, both must be heard.

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9 Comments

  1. t said,

    September 15, 2009 at 13:09

    jane you ignorant slut

  2. Joe Gall said,

    September 15, 2009 at 15:23

    She’s for/against it.

    Everybody happy?

    The zio doesn’t have a sincere heart, Fond, you stupid bitch!

  3. Firebird7478 said,

    September 15, 2009 at 15:41

    All the more reason to hate Cohen, not watch “Seinfeld” or any Natalie Portman movies. Cohen is a douchebag, and neither he nor Seinfeld are particularly funny.

    Their insensitivity to the plight of the Palestinians is anti-semitic.

  4. Aufzuleiden said,

    September 15, 2009 at 16:26

    Hate to be the one to say I told you so, but …. Seriously, it is very sad that Jane Fonda appears to be so naive that their opinion is so easily swayed by whomever is able to get close enough to sway them to the other side of an issue. There is, of course, nothing wrong with the changing of one’s opinion: it happens all the time and is generally the sign of someone gaining experience and having been exposed to more information about something and learning more facts regarding an issue. In this case, however, Jane Fonda has demonstrated a distinct lack of understanding by going from a position that was reasonable and humane to one that is indefensible.

    Moving from a position of humanity to inhumanity is a disease that can easily afflict rich Caucasians who have very little risk of being victimized by real acts of racial hatred directed towards them. While Fonda has been the victim of blacklisting due to her political stances in the past, but this is not something that forgives an overt declaration that rubber stamps the acts of violence and genocide, mocking the deaths of civilians in favour of a few minutes in the press.

    It is the coldest, cruel twist of fame and is a perfect reflection of the depravity that exists in modern society. Being fickle is one thing, but signing a letter that is written in plain language – the first language that you learned to speak and which has been the language of your trade – is hardly excusable with ‘I didn’t read it carefully enough’. Jane Fonda is bending with the reeds, changing her views to get along with the ‘cool kids’.

    As Penn & Teller would say, it’s nothing but Bullshit.

    Wie viel ist aufzuleiden!

  5. Jessicq said,

    September 15, 2009 at 17:39

    I just lost any bit of respect I ever had for Jane Fonda, and she will not get it back. What a load of Israeli propaganda. Geez. Is she really this uneducated, or that easily controlled? And as for Seinfeld, I’m so tired of Jewish people supporting an Israeli led holocaust and insisting that it is anti semitic to not support their holocaust. As far as I’m concerned, it’s anti Israel to let their criminal government get away with leading them down the path to destruction.

  6. Paul said,

    September 15, 2009 at 18:53

    Jane Fonda has proved that she is a feather in the wind. The Israelis are trying to misuse art as a vehicle to launch pro-Zionist propaganda, and Jane has fed into this monumental deception.

  7. Fiona said,

    September 15, 2009 at 20:18

    Jane’s always been a media whore – she only supports the cause of the moment to get herself into the limelight.

    IMHO, the most impressive signatory and the person I respect probably more than anyone else on the list is Reverend Martin Rambow of Germany, a Human Rights Observer in Israel and the Occupied Territories, Jan-Apr 2009. To anyone with half a brain cell, the fact that this gentleman had signed on would mean far more than Jane Fonda’s self-serving endorsement, anyway.

  8. brian said,

    September 15, 2009 at 22:41

    Gutless Jane…Perhaps she has been made an offer by Hollywood she couldnt refuse!

    ‘In a post on the Huffington Post blog yesterday, Fonda said she had signed the letter, which has been fiercely criticised by Hollywood luminaries such as Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Portman and Sacha Baron Cohen’…

    all three are jewish and clearly all three are zionists.Again most jews prove to be zionists.
    .Perhaps Sasha, Natalie and Jerry should be updated on events in that part of the world.beginning with the Gasa massacres.

  9. Giz said,

    September 17, 2009 at 08:03

    Coz, she seems to be frightened into a fit by Jewish (Zionists) Hollywood powers… that’s why she had to change her mind and find a cover story to explain herself… what more can I say? She was much stronger and braver when she was younger though…


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