We, the undersigned Arab cineastes, would like to thank you for exercising pressure on the Edinburgh Film Festival to cancel an official Israeli Embassy sponsorship of the festival's programme.

Letter from Arab Cineastes
August 11, 2006
 
To:
Mr. Mick Napier
Chair, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
 
We, the undersigned Arab cineastes, would like to thank you for exercising pressure on the Edinburgh Film Festival to cancel an official Israeli Embassy sponsorship of the festival's programme.  It is vital that the Israeli state gets the message that it cannot support, fund and execute the killing of hundreds of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians, and at the very same time claim to support film festivals that promote cinematic art and cinema as a means of dialogue between cultures.  It is also vital for cultural institutions around the world to understand that they can no longer remain silent and inactive in the face of the Israeli destruction of life and infrastructures, including cultural and artistic ones, in Lebanon and Palestine.
 
It is with this in mind that we write to you expressing our appreciation of your hard work in passing the message to the concerned institutions and individuals in your country.
 
1.      Abdellatif Abdelhamid, Film Director, Syria
2.      Amal Omran, Actress, Syria
3.      Areen Omari, Actor, Palestine
4.      Ayham Deeb, Director of Photographer, Syria
5.      Ayham Orsan, Film Director, Syria
6.      Bashar Ibrahim, Film Critic, Syria
7.      Fajer Yacoub, Film Critic/Director, Syria
8.      Fares Al-Helou, Actor, Syria
9.      Haitham Hakki, Film Director, Syria
10. Hala Mohammad, Film Director, Syria
11. Hala Omran, Actress, Syria
12. Hind Midani, Film Director, Syria
13. Kahled Khalifeh, Script Writer, Syria
14. Kais Kasim, Film Critic/Journalist, Iraq
15. Mansour Deeb, Film Critic, Syria
16. Meyar Al Roumi, ?
17. Mohammad Darraji, Film Director, Iraq
18. Mustafa messnaoui, Writer & Film Critic, Morocco
19. Nidal Al-Dibs, Film Director, Syria
20. Nidal Hassan, Film Director, Syria
21. Orwa Neirobieh, Actor/Producer, Syria
22. Oussama Mohammad, Film Director, Syria
23. Rashid Mashharawi, Film Director, Palestine
24. Salah Sermini, Film Critic, Syria
25. Sayed Al-Babili, Writer/Journalist, Egypt
26. Sewar Zerkli, Film Director, Syria
27. Talal Derki, Film Director, Syria

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