Rabbiner Marvin Hier fra Simon Wiesenthal Center er opprørt over at Jane Fonda har undertegnet et brev som ber om boikott av filmfestivalen i Toronto fordi festivalen viser ti israelske filmer.
Festivalen markerer at Tel Aviv er 100 år. Jane Fonda, Danny Ensler og Eva Ensler viser til grunnleggelsen av staten Israel.
Fonda, Glover and Ensler have decided to boycott the festival and signed their name to a letter sent to festival officials — a letter that claims Tel Aviv was built on «thousands of destroyed Palestinian villages» and that the program «ignores the suffering of thousands of former residents and descendants.»
Now, Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center is blasting the the actors — and everyone else who signed the letter — claiming «Whoever would sign on to a campaign like this would support the complete destruction of Israel.»
Hier — who’s won two Academy Awards for documentaries — added, «People who support letters like this are people who do not support a two-state solution. By calling into question the legitimacy of Tel Aviv, they are supporting a one-state solution, which means the destruction of the State of Israel.»
«I applaud the organizers of the festival for celebrating on the 100th anniversary of Tel Aviv. If every city in the Middle East would be as culturally diverse, as open to freedom of expression as Tel Aviv is, then peace would long have come to the Middle East.»