“There has been a very powerful attack on freedom of expression in this country. A McCarthyite campaign against people who fall outside of the Harper government’s version of what we should be saying or doing.”
This is incredible.
Naomi Klein, together with filmmaker John Greyson and activists from Palestine House such as the organizer of the York University one-state academic conference, Mazen Masri, took the initiative last year of boycotting and/or protesting the Tel Aviv commemorative film section at the City to City section of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). At the time, Klein felt no compunction about injuring the right of speech of Israeli filmmakers in order to make her political point. She and her cohorts justified their attacks on films and filmmakers from Israel and ensured that anybody who attended City to City would not be able to separate the political attacks from the films.
In fact, their tactics have proven to be successful:
TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey revealed that, to avoid what happened last year, they “made sure to choose a city where people can focus on the filmmaking rather than other issues.”
Success for Palestine House, Naomi Klein and John Greyson. They have ensured that TIFF will stay away from controversial topics and will henceforth focus only on pleasant cities, you know, like Paris and Seattle. And, of course, the films will be nothing more than pablum. Who wants to have to answer tough questions about whether your film festival is supporting “apartheid” and “war crimes?”
Thus, authors and filmmakers who demand freedom of expression, as does Klein in the video, or Greyson in a film about censorship which is the one he withdrew in a boycott action against TIFF, have no problem curtailing and censoring others. As long as they’re Israelis, supporters of Israel or people who wish to exhibit, discuss, present or be involved in Israeli culture. They, of course, deserve no speech, according to our noble freedom fighters.
Meanwhile, these same folks demand the right to speak out freely with their lies and obfuscations, not to mention using these rights to protect their ridiculous academic conferences or, with John Greyson, the right of a film professor to call all over the world seeking to boycott an Israeli student film festival.
Yup, world class hypocrites.
Not only that, but Naomi Klein is also either a boor, an idiot or a world-class liar. In this same speech she says that “fighting apartheid” in Israel is “the last great civil liberties issue of our time.”
Here is the latest shopping mall in Gaza.
See what a pressing civil liberties issue this is? It doesn’t compare at all to China and Tibet:
Or Zimbabwe and its outrages against its own citizens.
Take a look at Wiki’s stats of countries listed by intentional homicides. “Palestine” is in 55th place and Israel is in 74th place. Ah yes, the “last great civil liberties issue of our time!”
Who cares about “honor killings” in societies where women have have to cover every inch of their body except their eyes?
Who cares about the brutal regime in Burma?
Israel is listed #38 on the Democracy Index, but “fighting Israeli apartheid” is uppermost on Naomi Klein’s mind because it is the cause of our time.
As I said, boor, idiot or liar. I can’t be sure, but I suspect the last. And let us not forget that Klein stood in front of an audience and claimed that “our parents” “lied to us” about Israel.
She was wrong then and continues to be wrong now. So are her partners in crime.