Cultural boycott, February 2008

In Februrary 2008, Malcolm Guy, Filmmaker and Producer, has withdrawn as a member of the jury for the 2008 Prize of the Alex and Ruth Dworkin Foundation for the Promotion of Tolerance through Cinema (2008 Prix annuel de la Fondation Alex et Ruth Dworkin pour la promotion de la tolérance à travers le cinéma) at the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois. His letter of withdrawal has been published on the Tadamon website because it is a fine example of an individual taking part in the cultural boycott of the Israeli apartheid.

Malcolm Guy writes: “Firstly, I quit the jury because the Prix annuel de la Fondation Alex and Ruth Dworkin is an initiative of the Congrès juif canadien, Région du Québec, an organization which I consider to be a vehicle for the Israeli propaganda machine and fundamentally intolerant of dissent and difference, particularly when it comes to Israeli government policies. (…) Secondly, I quit the jury because I have discovered that Alex and Ruth Dworkin are major backers of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). On the JNF web site they are listed among a select group of people “who have demonstrated an enduring commitment to Israel and JNF” by contributing $1 million and above to this Zionist institution. I believe that the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois should drop its affiliation with the Alex and Ruth Dworkin Foundation and the CJC. This award and award money is tainted, thus casting a negative light on the Festival.”

Tadamon supports Malcolm Guy, urges other members of the Jury to withdraw as well, and the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois to drop its affiliation with the Alex and Ruth Dworkin Foundation. Tadamon also asks the recipient of the prize to publicly refuse its tainted money.

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