Monday, July 20, 2009

Israel-basher Cindy Corrie appreciates the SFJFF, asks for her friends to attend

Hat tip to "Dusty" for this comment, which we are posting as a blog entry. Emphasis in the message below is ours.

Cindy Corrie has put out an appeal for friendly faces at her appearence and blames the controversy regarding this film on the Zionist conspiracy. She clearly regards the aiding and abetting of terror as legitimate "resistance"

Her email follows:

Dear Friends,

A week from today at 1:30 PM, at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, the film Rachel will screen in the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival--the largest Jewish film festival in the country. The film was created by a well-known French-Israeli documentary filmmaker, Simone Bitton. Some of you may have seen other of her numerous films--most recently Wall. I have attached a link to the page about the current film at the festival's website: so I won't go into detail about it here; but
it is a film that focuses foremost on the circumstances of Rachel's killing and on issues surrounding investigation of the case. It, also, I feel, provides penetrating views of others who were present at the time of Rachel's killing or directly impacted, and powerful insight into what compels resistance.

The filmmaker is not able to be at the festival, and upon invitation I agreed to attend and to engage in a thirty-minute post-screening Q&A session. The film has now screened at festivals around the world, and both Craig and I attended Tribeca screenings in New York and participated in post-screening Q&A sessions there with Simone Bitton.

During the past weeks, it has come to my attention that the screening of the film and my participation at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival has come under serious and prolonged attack from the Consul General from the Israeli Consulate [Editor's note: we wish! Unfortunately, the Consul General has put out a very weak and pathetic statement calling the Corrie film presentation a mistake but supporting the SFJFF] and other segments of the Bay Area Jewish community. It may come as no surprise to you that the festival is under extreme pressure to cancel the film and/or my appearance. The festival is standing firm in its commitment to bring the film and me while, also, constructing responses to their critics.

I am writing to encourage you to attend the screening in San Francisco, if possible, and, also, to extend whatever support you can to the festival for taking a firm stand against censorship. It will be very helpful to me to see some friendly faces in the crowd. Please pass the information along to others. Filmmaker Simone Bitton is encouraging her San Francisco friends to attend and to avoid being provocative. I, of course, also encourage decorum and thoughtful, constructive interaction.

Thanks in advance for any support.

Here is a link to the festival page about the film and ticket information.

Cindy Corrie

P.S. Please feel free to forward to those who might want to come to the film or to support the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for standing firm.

Additional comment from the the blog editor: the claim that not wanting to have a beneficiary of the SF Jewish community engage in anti-Israel propaganda is "censorship" is nonsense. Cindy Corrie and others of her ilk are perfectly free to rant about the evil you-know-who's on their own dime. They don't have the right to have their bile subsidized by the community they are undermining.

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