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Monday, December 09, 2019

Melbourne LGBTQ film fest accused of 'pinkwashing' Israel

Pro-Palestine activists protested against the Melbourne Queer Film Festival's (MQFF) decision on Friday to go ahead with the screening of the Israeli film 'The Swimmer', despite calls for its removal from the festival's programme. Activists accused the film of "pinkwashing" Israel's image by promoting the Jewish state as queer-friendly, while portraying Palestinians as "intolerant" to distract attention from Israel's human rights record and its occupation of Palestinian land. MQFF, who queer BDS activists also say have not promoted "one film from the Arabic-speaking world", said The Swimmer wo...


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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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