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Spain: City hall suspends Israeli film cycle over anti-apartheid campaign

13 October 2017
Cádiz city hall suspended an Israeli film cycle after receiving messages over a local policy to practice a cultural boycott on Israeli products.
Photo: Israeli film cycle programme/Espacio de Cultura Contemporánea de Cádiz – ECCO Facebook

 

On 28 September 2017, the Culture Delegation of Cádiz city hall decided to suspend an Israeli film cycle taking place at the Contemporary Culture Space, a municipality-owned venue. The decision, which was approved by city Mayor José María González, was triggered by various messages concerning a local policy to practice a cultural boycott on Israeli products, reported El Mundo.

These messages, received over social media, called on city hall to honour its adherence to the “Israeli Apartheid-free space” campaign, which it joined on 12 August 2016. In reaction, city hall contacted film cycle organizers to let them know of the decision to suspend the event after finding that the agreement to hold the event did violate their obligation to the campaign. The Israeli embassy to Spain expressed its disappointment over the decision and called it “cultural censorship based on political criteria”, reported La Vanguardia.

The film cycle, which was organized by the Israeli embassy in Spain and scheduled to take place from 26 to 29 September, had already screened two movies, Yossi Madmoni’s “Boker Tov Adon Fidelman” (English title: Restoration) and Guy Nattiv’s “Mabul” (The Flood). However, the remaining two scheduled films, Avi Nesher’s “Once I Was” (The Matchmaker) and Roi Werner’s “2 Night”, were cancelled.

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