Monday, 7 September 2009

Egypt deports US citizen for showing solidarity with people of Gaza

US citizen Travis Randall of Denver, Colorado, has been deported from Egypt.

Although no official reason has been given by the Mubarak dictatorship for its actions, Travis was one of a group of international protesters who took part in a march to condemn Israel and Egypt for their continuing siege of Gaza.

Earlier this year a German national, Philip Rizk, was imprisoned by Egyptian authorities for having taken part in the march.

There seem to be no limits on how low the dictatorship will go to keep the Zionist regime happy.

Hundreds of Egyptians are still in prison following the round-ups that took place during Israel's recent war on Gaza, as the dictatorship struggled to keep a lid on the anger directed both at Israel and the corrupt Mubarak regime.

Toronto Film Festival boycott call over Israeli film screenings

The Arab-Israeli question is at the centre of a fierce row overshadowing next week's Toronto Film Festival, with a group of prominent artists and celebrities accusing the festival organisers of sponsoring "the Israeli propaganda machine."

Fifty actors, writers and directors – including Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Naomi Klein and Ken Loach – signed a letter urging fans to boycott the prestigious festival over its plans to screen a series of films from Tel Aviv.

Ten movies were selected for the "city-to-city" programme but not one of them was made by, or features, a Palestinian. As a result, critics have likened the imitative to a celebration of apartheid-era South Africa.

"This programme ignores the suffering of thousands of former residents and descendants of the [Tel Aviv] area who currently live in refugee camps in the Occupied Territories," reads their letter. "We object to the use of such an important international festival in staging a propaganda campaign." The Canadian film-maker John Greyson has already pulled his documentary Covered out of the 35-year-old event in protest.


Download the letter of protest here