Respecting the Palestinian BDS boycott of Israel, award-winning South African film director, John Trengove, has withdrawn from the upcoming Israeli LGBT Tel Aviv film festival and requested that his feature film, The Wound, not be screened at the festival’s opening night gala.
Last week BDS South Africa, among others, including several South African pro-BDS Jewish film makers had engaged with Trengove urging him not to participate in the festival. One of the issues raised was Israel’s use of “Pinkwashing” – an Israeli PR tactic that cynically exploits support for LGBT people to cover up its crimes against the Palestinian people and normalize its occupation, oppression and apartheid policies.
Palestinian civil society has “warmly” welcomed his withdrawal thanking Trengove for his “principled solidarity” and respect of the Palestinian “picket line”.
Read full report from BDS South Africa web page