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Published Wednesday 14/05/2014 (updated) 16/05/2014 12:28
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Danny Glover and other actors featured in a US documentary on a prominent social justice activist protested the film's screening at a Tel Aviv festival this week, announcing their support for the cultural boycott of Israel.

In a statement released on Monday, the group said they "stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel" and were "shocked to find the film slated to be screened" at an Israeli festival.

"We immediately took action to have the film withdrawn from the festival," the statement added, but highlighted that festival organizers say it was not "possible" to change the schedule that they would "move forward with the screening, over our objections."

The film "American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs," is scheduled to be shown in Tel Aviv at DocAviv, a festival dedicated to documentary film which runs through May 17 and purports to be the largest film festival in Israel.

The group, however, stressed their support for the Palestinian call for Academic and Cultural Boycott, which was launched in 2004 as part of the global campaign to boycott, sanction, and divest from the state of Israel in order to pressure it to end its long-standing occupation of the Palestinian territories and history of human rights abuses against Palestinians.

Grace Lee Boggs, the subject of the documentary film, also added her name to the statement supporting the cultural boycott.

As a long-time advocate of social and racial justice in the United States, the statement highlighted that she said that screening the film in Israel "is in direct contradiction to her legacy and ongoing work as a revolutionary."

"We will pursue opportunities for this film and the ideas within it to be made available in Palestine in a way that supports the movement," the statement added.

The campaign has scored a number of notable successes in recent years, with leading US academic and cultural figures coming out in support despite widespread pro-Israel sentiment in North America.

Supporters of the boycott believe that after decades of occupation and ethnic cleansing, international pressure is one of the few ways left to force Israel to respect Palestinian rights.
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1 ) Tom / USA
15/05/2014 19:19
The writing is on the wall: People of conscience can not support the zionist enterprise and retain their moral integrity.

2 ) @Tom #1 / USA
16/05/2014 01:30
What you mean to say is that people who fall for palestinian propaganda stand with 'Palestinians'. Everything bad happening to the Palestinians is a result of Islamic attacks against Israel for the last 7 decades. Too bad innocent Palestinians are suffering the consequences. You reap what you sow.

3 ) Mel / USA
16/05/2014 01:48
Bravo Danny! BDS all the way!Stop ALL US tax-payer monies to Zionist-led Israel. It's like funding NAZISM(again)! It's a criminal disgrace for 340 million Americans to be patroning(through expropriation)state-sponsored Israeli fascism &apartheid.No morality conscience in state-sponsored psycho-Zionist-sociopathy!DIVEST! SANCTION!PROSECUTE!

4 ) Robert Chapman / USA
17/05/2014 01:13
good for you Danny !!!

5 ) @ 1 ) Tom / USA / Syria
17/05/2014 02:31
You mean like the ones that are providing medical treatment to Syrian's at the border?

6 ) tips / canada
17/05/2014 08:57
You need to mention the film, the person, the first/last name, the problem, etc in the first paragraph, in order for readers to follow along. The film...it means nothing when you use it in the first three paragraphs. Danny objected to the film, Danny said this, Danny said that...who is Danny? I don't even think this is an English vs 2nd language issue...it's just common sense. Too bad "Danny" and the others were silent while they were raking in millions.......NOW they speak up. ok.

7 ) JO / JORDAN
17/05/2014 17:11
I hope celebrities follow Dany unless they will be afraid from Jewish Film makers to exclude them from any movie , like what happened with Mill Gibson after he made Passion Of the Christ

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/05/2014 18:15
To tips #6: ' Too bad "Danny" and the others were silent while they were raking in millions.......NOW they speak up. ok.' Remember Vanessa Redgrave?

9 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/05/2014 18:43
to @ #5: '...You mean like the ones that are providing medical treatment to Syrian's at the border?' Why don't you rank Syria's neighbors by how many refugees they've taken in? Tell me where Israel stands.
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