Cannes Mayor David Lisnard claimed this film could threaten 'public order'
Days of Palestine, Cannes -Under heavy pressure Israeli lobbying groups, Cannes Film Festival, which started this week, cancelled screening of Palestinian documentary.
Cannes Mayor David Lisnard told French authorities that the screening of the film directed by the Palestinian filmmaker Nasri Hajja could threaten “public order.”
‘Munich: A Palestinian Story’ was planned to be screened on Monday as part of the Marché du Film, a collaboration between the Cannes festival and the Dubai International Film Festival.
President of France’s main Israel lobby group (CRIF) Roger Cukierman has wrote to the head of the Cannes film festival, expressing his organisation’s “concern and profound malaise” about the planned screening of Hajjaj’s work.
The French Jewish communal website Le Monde Juif is claiming that the screening has already been cancelled after intervention by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, calling the cancellation “a victory against hatred of Israel.”
The website claims that Lisnard sent a letter to the head of the city’s Jewish community, Gérard Bavard, stating that “the documentary is ‘an attack’ on the memory of the victims and could constitute a disturbance to public order.”