samedi 20 mai 2017

'We want to return': Gazan film festival calls out Balfour on the red carpet

« Nous voulons le retour »: le festival du film de Gaza dénonce Balfour sur le tapis rouge
25 films were screened at the third annual Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival held at the Gaza seaport

People of all different age groups attended the Red Carpet
Human Rights Festival in Gaza (MEE/Mohamed Asad)

GAZA - “I’ve never gone to a film festival or a real cinema before. It was a dream,” said 19-year-old Ali Khaled during the opening ceremony of the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival in Gaza.

“I always watch the Oscar awards on TV and see celebrities walking on the red carpet. I can’t believe that we have one and I’m walking on it right now,” he added.

To commemorate 100 years since the Balfour declaration - which paved the way to establishing the state of Israel - the 100-metre long red carpet was laid down at the port of Gaza. The concrete pavement underneath was built from the remains of houses destroyed during several wars with Israel.

The red carpet contained the text of Balfour's document (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

“A century has passed since the ominous Balfour's promise, and following ten years of continuous siege on Gaza, we are sending our message: 'We want to return; we are here to insist on our right to return to our land," said Saed al-Swairky, a spokesman for the event.

In the 1917 Balfour declaration - which was issued while Palestine was still under British rule - the British government said it viewed "with favour the establishment in Palestine of a n...

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