The Toronto Film Festival's honouring of Israel's centre of commerce and culture, Tel Aviv, for its 100 year anniversary should be a celebrated event. In 1930, Tel Aviv was a small town of only 20,000 inhabitants with very little settlement and minimal paved roads. The Jewish people bought the mainly marsh land to build the city to what it is today. Where Anti-Semitism was prevalent globally, this was one place considered a haven for Jews to escape and flourish as their cultural capital of the modern State of Israel. People are confusing the disputed settlements established after 1967 in the West Bank to the establishment of Tel Aviv. It's also useful to remind critics that there are archeological sites all over Israel where on top of synagogues were built churches and on top of churches mosques.
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