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Dear Mike Leigh,  


We are writing to you as a group of fellow filmmakers and academics, Palestinians, Israelis and others, to thank you for your moronic conduct in withdrawing from the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School workshop and “implicitly” joining the cultural boycott of Israel. We realize your work is marginal and you would have benefited from the Speigel Film School to improve your work, but you prefer to stay marginal in your career, thus are foregoing the education you would have received from a first rate film school, an example of how much Israelis contribute to the motion picture industry. We assume you will support Arab filmmaking which is usually based on producding propaganda films to shore up the latest Arab Muslim dictatorship in power instead.  Your obscure films Abigail’s Party and Another Year, only get  attention from the anti-Israel crowd and your phony commitment to those sectors of society that are continually portrayed as  disenfranchised and normally silenced gets you a built in audience based on bullshit. Since you have actively and openly intervened in defence of Palestinian terrorist groups and promote their propaganda,  we applaud you for doing so publicly.   You have joined the growing ranks of artists and cultural producers (none of which can legitimately describe us the signatories below) who are refusing to lend their name and prestige to the false portrayal of a brutal occupation, despite more than four decades old of trying to have a peace settlement, when in fact the Arabs never had it so good even in Judea and Samaria and Gaza. 
We do recognize that the list below does not include one genuinely successful artist or "cultural producer" among them, but a Who's Who list of pseudo-scholars mainly from abroad  like Stalinist Moshe Machover or radical Ronit Lentin who actually call for the destruction of the Jewish state while trying to bullshit the world they seek peace. Of the "fimmakers" amopng them, they only have an audience among the cheap colleges that give them sinecures so they can spew their hate propaganda against Israel while passing it off as scholasticism. That you would consider us clowns as legitimate artists and "cultural producers" is laughable as our only contribution to any culture is one of anti-Semitism and destroying Israel to the benefit of fascist Arab groups.  


Your action also challenges the long silence of most of Israel’s patriotic artists and intellectuals who have, protrayed the truth about the broad Israeli social coalition that supports the humanity visited by Israel on the Palestinians. Some of those will certainly feel threatened by your stand; we communists, anarchist and assorted anti-Semitic pimps and whores feel supported by it. If a just peace is to be ever achieved in Palestine, Jews elsewhere have to stand together in support of the full rights of the Palestinians to the exclusion of any rights for Jews and the end of a Jewis national homeland. Your action is striking evidence of growing cultural resistance by radical morons abroad to Israel’s intransigence to not commit national suicide and fight terrorism against her people.    We hope it will encourage others. Only by such concerted action will the situation change in the Middle East to eliminate a democratic and pluralistic Jewish state to be replaced by another Arab dictatorship that uses Shariah as the law of the land and persecutes its women and other minorities.

Thank you, Mike!    



Signed by:  


Hany Abu Assad - Filmmaker  

Udi Aloni – Filmmaker  

Oreet Asheri  

Saleh Bakri – Filmmaker  

Avia Ben David – Scriptwriter  

Prof. Oren Ben-Dor  

Simone Bitton – Filmmaker  

Rani Blair - Director  

Prof. Haim Bresheeth – Filmmaker  

Shai Carmeli Pollak  

Scandar Copti - Filmmaker  

Anat Even – Filmmaker  

Angela Godfrey-Goldstein – Actress  

Ala Hlehel  

Annemarie Jacir - Director  

Prof. Ronit Lentin  

Yael Lerer  

Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky  

Dr. Orly Lubin  

Prof. Moshe Macover  

Miriam Margolyes - Actress  

Audrey Maurion Film Editor  

Jenny Morgan - Filmmaker  

Idit Nathan  

Prof. Mica Nava  

Osama Qashoo - Director  

Prof. Steven Rose  

Prof. Hilary Rose  

Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead  

Danny Rubinstein  

Prof. Ella Shohat  

Ula Tabari - Actress  

Yosi Wanunu – Theatre director  

Einat Weizman - Actress  

Posted on 25-10-2010