cultural boycotts

Culture Group Rebuffs Bid To Condemn Boycotts

Fight at Foundation for Jewish Culture over film content spotlights increasingly testy, and muddy, issue.
12/27/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In recent years David Eisner and Karen Lehmann Eisner, prominent funders of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, had become uncomfortable with the some of the films the organization helped produce.

The foundation has given grants to films like “Waltz With Bashir,” the Oscar-nominated Israeli film about the massacre of Palestinians in the 1982 Lebanon war, as well as a documentary the foundation funded this year about military tribunals in the Occupied Territories. Content like that, the Eisners felt, was beyond the pale of acceptable Israel criticism.

Theodore Bikel, renowned Jewish actor, took a stand this fall in support of the Ariel theater boycott.
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