Israeli Minister Demands Stop of Subsidy for Tel Aviv Cinema

TEL AVIV, November 25, 2014 – (WAFA) – Israeli Education Minister Limor Livnat demanded a stop of the government subsidy provided for a Tel Aviv Cinema for screening films about the Nakba“Catastrophe”, reported Haaretz Israeli daily.

According to the newspaper, Livnat has asked the Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid to cease providing government subsidy for Tel Aviv Cinematheque for screening film about the Nakba.

The Nakba is the Arabic word for catastrophe and refers to the ethnic cleansing of historic Palestine during and before the establishment of Israel in 1947-48.

A film festival will be organized by an Israeli NGO Zochrot (We remember) at Cinematheque featuring Israeli and Palestinian films about the Nakba. The festival organizer, Zochrot, seeks to “increase the Israeli Jews’ acknowledgement of and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba”.

The festival will be reportedly run from November 28-30. Noting that this date was not a coincidence, Haaretz reported that “November 29 is the 66th anniversary of the Partition Plan, which as Zochrot puts it, “fixated the idea of partition and separation between Jews and Arabs in historical Palestine and was a key milestone in the ongoing conflict and the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.”

Livnat called for such a move in order to exploit the Nakba bill, calling on the Israeli government to deny funding to any organization, institution or municipality that commemorates the founding of the Israeli state as a day of mourning.

The bill was meant to oppress the identity of Palestinian living nowadays in Israel, and to “control ]their[ collective memory . . . and punish ]their[ feelings” as member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi framed it.