22 Feb, 2016
Israeli Winner at Berlin Film Festival Calls Israeli Government ‘Fascist’ at Movie Screening – Haaretz
Israeli director Udi Aloni made headlines in Berlin when he called the Israeli government “fascist” at a Q&A session about his award-winning film “Junction 48.” Aloni, whose Arabic-language hip-hop film featuring mostly Palestinian actors, said that Germany shouldn’t supply Israel with submarines because of its fascist government. He also mentioned at the session Palestinian hunger-striker Mohammed al-Qiq as an example non-Jews’ lack of rights in Israel, saying that Qiq was dying in administrative detention without being accused of committing a crime. Aloni, who is the son of Meretz founder Shulamit Aloni, responded to comments on his statements by saying that he was addressing his criticism toward the Israeli government and not the state, and added that his film spreads love and coexistence, as opposed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who spreads hate.