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February 13, 2016 1:00 pm

Oscars’ $55,000 Israel Trip Slammed by BDS Activists

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JNS.org – Palestinian activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement are criticizing the voucher for a $55,000 all-expenses-paid trip to Israel that is being offered to major Oscar nominees as part of this year’s $200,000 Academy Awards gift package.

Israel’s Tourism Ministry is offering the trip to the 26 stars nominated in the directing and acting categories, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon, said ministry spokeswoman Lydia Weitzman, according to the Associated Press.

BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti said that through the trip voucher, Israel “is desperately trying to fight its increasing international isolation through bribes and intimidation rather than by ending its occupation and apartheid,” and that “there are no Hunger Games in Gaza, but there is real hunger.”

Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, however, said the celebrities’ visit to Israel “will have enormous resonance among millions of fans.”

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  • Pamela

    Gaza has one of the highest obesity rates in the world.

  • Jeff Davis

    Palestinians can end their own hunger by abandoning terrorism.

    The billions in funds over the years given to Palestinians by Iran and Saudi Arabia and others in support of terror activities against Jews — instead of building hospitals, schools, roads, housing, and other infrastructure — has led to their own civil problems. Stop blaming Israel, turn to peace, pull yourself up and rejoin the civilized world…then eat.

  • Harry

    Prior to 1967 Gaza was part of Egypt, Egypt blocked the Suez where ISrael gets its food and other stuff, Egypt and 8 other armies attacked Israel, Israel won. The question is if they were still Egyptians instead of this newly invented antisemitic people, would they be fat?

    30% of Egyptians are below the poverty line is your answer. While, since these former “Egyptians” now “palestinians” support the Muslim Brotherhood, as Egypt has done for hundreds of years, to terrorist groups, they would kill them ruthlessly. So they would either have higher poverty rates, or more likely be dead, with no one to boycott, because the world is antisemitic not antiegyptian killing the same people.

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