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Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

As yet another horrific Israeli military offensive escalates in Gaza, human rights activists advocating for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel stay the course. It is not only the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that are killing Palestinians.

The 18th annual Israeli Film Festival, which is being sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel, is currently screening films at the International House in Philadelphia. The film festival, which runs from March 8th until April 6th, claims to be a celebration of Israeli culture aimed at enriching the American vision of Israeli society.

On March 9th, the festival screened Sharon—An Inner Journey from War to Peace. This film, which focuses on Ariel Sharon’s ostensible journey from a military man to a peacemaker, transforms the late leader into a likeable and relatable Israeli nationalist hero. For many Palestinians, however, Sharon is remembered as a war criminal.