One of the stars booked to perform at Indofest TLV hasÂ saidÂ the event is cancelled.
At the time of writing, tickets are still on sale via the event website, and no formal announcement of cancellation has been made.
Bollywood film stars and celebrities, including Anil Kapoor and Sophie Choudhry, are due toÂ performÂ at âIndo Fest TLVâ in Israel later this month. A similar event last year wasÂ indefinitely postponedÂ after a BDS campaign.
These events are part of the âBrand Israelâ project, which works hard to exploit the Indian film industry to whitewash, or art-wash its violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.
Michael Oren, as a senior representative of the far-right Israeli government, urged Bollywood producers to invest in Israel during a trip to Mumbai. HeÂ admittedÂ that the aim of his visit was to âfight BDSâ Israeli prime minister Netanyahu said, âwe want Bollywood in Israelâ.
While Israel is using Bollywood to cover up for its crimes, it is selling arms worth over a billion dollars each year to India. Israelâs drones, guns and missiles are fuelling Indiaâs militarization, most evident today in the over two month long blockade in Kashmir.
Across the world, the artistic community is taking action to expose Israelâs crimes. Help us reach the artists participating in this event with this message of global solidarity with Palestinians.
We invite you to contact them on social media and remind them how their participation in this event will serve the art-washing agenda of Israelâs far-right apartheid regime.
Donât let your art be used as a tool by Israel’s far-right apartheid regime to mask its crimes against Palestinians: Withdraw from Indo Fest TLV! #BollywoodStandAgainstApartheidÂ https://bdsmovement.net/bollywoodstandagainstapartheid
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, and continues into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.