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August 20, 2015 11:19 am

Norway Film Festival Rejects Israeli Filmmaker, Cites BDS as Only Reason

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A new Israeli project seeks to provide Israeli diplomats with solid public diplomacy messages to counter the BDS movement. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.

BDS protesters. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.

New York Times – Israeli-Norwegian relations have hardly been a flash point in the troubled history of the Middle East. But a programming decision last week by a film festival in Oslo to reject a film simply for its Israeli-ness may have opened a new chapter in the boycott movement against Israel.

In an apologetic email received on Aug. 10, a filmmaker in Tel Aviv, Roy Zafrani, learned that his short documentary, “The Other Dreamers,” had been rejected by the Human Rights Human Wrongs festival, which focuses on political documentaries.

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