Magazine article Screen International

Arab Filmmakers Protest Donald Trump's Jerusalem Declaration

Magazine article Screen International

Arab Filmmakers Protest Donald Trump's Jerusalem Declaration

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Protest launched at Dubai Film Festival.

A group of Arab filmmakers and producers have launched a petition protesting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

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Iraqi director Mohamed Al Daradji, Palestinian filmmakers May Odeh and Annemarie Jacir and Canadian-Jordanian producer Rami Yasin, who is of Palestinian origin, were among those spearheading the petition.

Trump said in a statement on Thursday that his recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital marked the beginning of a new US approach to trying to solve the 70-year Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The declaration has been condemned by leaders all over the world.

“Our point is that you don’t make peace by supporting one side over the other,” commented filmmaker Al Daradji, who is at DIFF with his feature The Journey.

“This declaration will only make it harder for those who want peace. …

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