Daily Israel Report

Iran’s Retaliation to Zionist Threats: Film Jury Boycott

An Iranian filmmaker “punishes” Israel for reported threats to attack and pulls out of a film jury because of the presence of a “Zionist.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 12/5/2011, 2:15 PM

Tahmineh Milan
Tahmineh Milan
Iranchamber.com

Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani took out her revenge on Israel for reported threats to attack her country by pulling out of a film jury because of the presence of a “Zionist,” Israeli director Dan Wolman.

She explained to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency that when she accepted her appointment to the jury at the 42nd International Film Festival of India, she did not know that Wolman, a last-minute substitute, would also serve on the jury.

"Any committed individual disapproves of Israel's oppression of Palestinians and there is no doubt over my sympathy for the people of Palestine,” she wrote the news agency,

Fars told its readers, “Iranian sentiments are always high against Israel as a brutal regime which has killed millions of innocent Palestinians and occupied their country, but now the hatred for the Zionist regime has grown even more than ever after the regime warned in recent weeks that it is contemplating an attack on Iran.”

Despite her stated reason for leaving the jury, festival organizers claimed that Tahmineh left because her father was not well, which may be true if his daughter’s sitting with an Israeli upset him physically.