Prominent Filmmaker Boycotts Haifa Festival to Protest Israeli 'Apartheid'

By declining the offer, Mira Nair joins a long line of artists and intellectuals -- including the Pixies, Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Alice Walker and Stephen Hawking -- who have boycotted Israel in recent years in protest over the government’s policy toward the Palestinians.

Award-winning Indian director Mira Nair has turned down an invitation to be guest of honor at the Haifa Film Festival for political reasons, posting on her Twitter page that she would not visit Israel until "Apartheid is over."