Though the Toronto Film Festival is winding down, the controversy generated by the protest against the City to City spotlight on Tel Aviv’s 100th anniversary is not. In fact, the pro-Israel smear industry has gone into high gear against key signers of the Toronto Declaration including Naomi Klein and Jane Fonda. Rabbi Marvin Hier with the help of his supporters in Hollywood has engineered a counter-attack which totally ignores the nature of the original protest and construes it as a cultural boycott and “blacklist.” None of these claims have ANY basis in fact. But why would you expect someone like Hier to care about facts?
That’s what my new Alternet piece is about. I hope you’ll give it a read.