To tell the truth …The Toronto film festival and his tail of anti Israeli participants is not the subject of the following lines.
Actors Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, musician David Byrne and filmmaker Ken Loach may think what they want about the Israeli and Tel Aviv participation when boycotting the festival f called “City to City” — which honors Tel Aviv ‘s 100th anniversary by spotlighting 10 Israeli films.
The real subject is: how those famous actors when expressing their own opinions and not reciting the words of a professional film script are a direct copy of the common talkbacker ‘shouting out’ his gut feelings without much reverence. .
And what are the Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, musician David Byrne and filmmaker Ken Loach arguments in favor of the boycotting:
Thy…”…accused the Toronto International Film Festival of “complicity with the Israeli propaganda machine” over its spotlight this year on Tel Aviv. “…
…”The program “ignores the suffering of thousands of former residents and descendants of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area who currently live in refugee camps in the Occupied Territories” after a “mass exiling of the Palestinian population” in 1948, according to the letter. “…see here.
Now the irony of this slapstick comedy is that in the Google era when information is available on any subject, it is a bit silly to argue about the “Israeli apartheid” without looking into your own backyard, something actors Jane Fonda and Danny Glover forgot to do.
Well, I will do it for them.
Their own backyard is the film industry located in Hollywood, LA California USA.
So who where the historical inhabitants of the land where the today big Hollywood film industry is making his milliards of dollar to the benefit, among others, of Jane Fonda and Danny Glover. Well you surely guess the answer, the bad guys the Indians the Apaches ( not the software or the helicopter) the Sioux etc, they where the native Americans and their today descendants lives in LA.
Here is an expert from a report “The Status of American Indian Children in Los Angeles November 2003”:
…”Although American Indian and Alaskan Natives were the first Americans, they are often among the most forgotten in the region’s social priorities. AIAN children face persistent economic and educational hardships. Serving this community presents unique challenges, in part because the geographic dispersion of AIANs makes it difficult to serve this community using centralized facilities. The relatively small overall size of the AIAN population hinders the reach of their political voice. Despite these barriers, as a society we have an obligation to work with AIANs to formulate better and more approrpiate public policies. Understanding and respecting the diverse cultures and experiences of AIANs must be an integral part of programs to address and alleviate the challenges facing indigeneous populations in the Los Angeles region.”… See here for the whole report
Moreover, there is a site named “Native American Netroots“. The site’s statement is:
…”...a forum for the discussion of political, social and economic issues affecting the indigenous peoples of the United States, including their lack of political representation, economic deprivation, health care issues, and the on-going struggle for preservation of identity and cultural history.”…
One of the site’s pages is dedicated to “American Indians, Hollywood, and Stereotypes” . I am not sure, but it seems that the illiteracy and ignorance of Jane Fonda and Danny Glover of their own American history is very well illustrated by the following excerp:
…”Only when we saw them building roads through our land, wagons at first, and then the railroad, when we watched them building forts, killing off all the game, committing buffalo genocide, and we saw them ripping up our Black Hills for gold, our sacred Paha Sapa, the home of the wakinyan, the thunderbirds, only then did we realize what they wanted was our land. Then we began to fight. For our earth. For our children. That started what the whites call the Great Indian Wars of the West. I call it the Great Indian Holocaust.”…see here
Now if actors Fonda and Glover are in an amnesic state about their own native American history, is there any hint they would do a better job with modern Israeli history? ..So in the light of the above story, why do they not first of all boycott themselves…and then the festival … and after that all the others.