The Insult: Six points toward clarification

 

The Insult: Six points toward clarification

by Terri Ginsberg                                                                                                                                                                    February 5, 2018

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/02/insult-points-clarification/

Controversy has arisen in recent weeks over the 2017 film, The Insult [Qadiat raqm 23 (Case #23)], Lebanon’s submission to the 2018 Academy Awards. The film’s director, Ziad Doueiri, who also directed West Beirut [À l'abri les enfants] (Sheltered Children)] (1998), is a proponent of Israeli normalization, a political strategy by and large rejected by Palestinians and their allies because its position concerning the Israeli occupation of historic Palestine entails an unacceptable compromise with Zionism. Normalization not only accepts a Jewish presence in the region–-something to which most proponents of either the one- or two-state solution would agree–-but consents to its continuation in the form of Zionist hegemony. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) supporters, who reject normalization, are calling for a boycott of The Insult, not only because, in line with normalization tactics, it was made with Zionist funding, but because Doueiri “previously lived and worked with Zionists while making [his 2012 film] The Attack” (Mada Masr, 1 Feb. 2018), a pro-Israeli take on suicide bombers, and used an Israeli production company to help fund it (Dina Abumaria, 29 Oct. 2017). For these activists, boycotting The Insult is consistent with the divestment aspect of the BDS Call. [read more]