‘Cultural Propaganda’: BDS Slams Bollywood for Embracing Israel

The South Asian arm of the pro-Palestinian boycott movement said Israel is turning to India and its film industry as BDS gains traction in U.S. and Europe. Pro-Palestinian activists with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign, BDS, in South Asia joined progressive commentators in slamming the Israeli prime minister over his visit to India and his charm offensive at the country’s film industry in an attempt to brush off his country’s abuses against the Palestinians.

Apoorva Gautam, who heads the pro-Palestine BDS movement in South Asia, said Israel’s appeal to Bollywood is a symptom of a bigger “ideological shift” in the country since the election of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. “These initiatives are ultimately part of a wider move by the Israelis to improve its image globally, as it continues to perpetrate war crimes against the Palestinians,” Gautam told Middle East Eye Friday. “The Israelis’ attention has now shifted to Bollywood, as the BDS movement gains traction in America and Europe.”
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