Israeli film-director Udi Aloni, who won the top audience at Berlin Film Festival on Saturday, has labelled the Israeli government âfascistâ, and has urged Germany to cease its military support to Israel.At a Q&A session about his award-winning film Junction 48 hours before being presented with the Panorama Audience Award for best fiction film, Mr Aloni said Germany should stop supporting the âfascist regime of Israelâ:
âMerkel does not mention the occupation and sells submarines to Netanyahu to continue such things.â
According to the PNN, the 56-year-old also called Israel a âdemocracy of white peopleâ and added that, âin contrast to the [Israeli] prime minister who spreads hatred, my movie spreads love and co-existence.â
By the end of the session, he mentioned Palestinian hunger-striker Mohammad al-Qeeq as an example ânon-Jewsâ lack of rights in Israelâ, saying that al-Qeeq was dying in administrative detention without being accused of committing a crime.
In a response to Aloniâs comments, according to the Israeli Media, the Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev said that Israel should not fund films that slander it, refering to the financial support that Aloniâs film received from Israelâs Culture Ministry.
âAloniâs statements were a clear proof that artists who subvert the state, defame it and hurt its legitimacy should not be funded by the tax payer. A sane country should not assist slanderers and denouncers who malign it, immediately after drinking from its coffers,â Regev stated.
The Israeli film director later clarified to Channel 10 that his comments âwere directed against the Israeli government and not against the country, which I love. In contrast to the prime minister who spreads hatred, my movie spreads love and co-existence.â
Last year, more than 3,000 artists, including some of the countryâs most prominent actors and directors, signed a petition against Ms Regevâs policies.
âJunction 48â â which is an Arabic-language film that features mostly Palestinian actors â tells the story of a Palestinian rap star and his girlfriend who live near Tel Aviv, in the mixed Jewish-Palestinian city of Lod, known until recently as one of the main drug-running centers of the Middle East.
Actress Samar Qupty said it should be easy for Palestinians to identify with the movie, even though it depicts people living lives that are radically different from strict Muslim traditions.
Her character, for example, allows a picture of her face to be used on a poster advertising a hip-hop concert, prompting members of her family to say they plan to injure her if she performs.
âItâs still a revolutionary movie because it doesnât talk about the way we Palestinians are usually represented in the world,â Qupty said.
âWe are representing ourselves by the new generation without trying to prove anything to anyone, with our âgoodsâ and âbadsâ,â she told Reuters in an interview. âWe are trying to present what is the real new generation trying to do without making the reality looking any better or any worse.â
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