The Toronto Declaration does not condemn the Film Festival for "screening a series of movies about Tel Aviv," as the article implies. In fact, it specifically encourages the screening of the Israeli films; it objects only to the political context in which the festival's organizers have placed them, celebrating Tel Aviv in terms that completely ignore the occupation. This is precisely the approach now encouraged by official Israeli propaganda, and its evil lies not in what is shown but in what is deliberately omitted. In this case, no reference is made to the assault on Jaffa in 1948, the expulsion of its Arab population, Tel Aviv's incorporation of the formerly Arab city, to say nothing of the post-1967 occupation, the most recent devastation of Gaza, etc. Try to imagine a celebration of Berlin's last hundred years without a single reference to Nazism or the Holocaust and you'll have a better idea what the controversy is about.
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from the article: Palestinians: Boycott Toronto Film festival over Tel Aviv spotlight