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Palestinian human rights activists are calling on Oscar nominees not to accept travel vouchers supplied by the Israeli government as part of the gift bag that will be given to the nominees in the acting and directing categories.

A statement from the Israeli ministry of tourism boasted that its initiative is a chance to have “leading opinion-formers” share their visit “among millions of fans and followers”.

Omar Barghouti from the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the largest coalition of Palestinian civil society organisations that leads the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, said:

“There are no Hunger Games in Gaza but there is real hunger, and it is induced by years of Israeli occupation and siege. We hope Oscar nominees will take the moral path of rejecting this free propaganda gift from Capitol while its brutal troops and settlers burn and colonize our District 12.”

In 2012, it was revealed that Israel used “calorie count” to severely limit food supply to the 1.8 million Palestinian under siege in Gaza. A top advisor to Israel’s prime minister in 2006 said: “The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.”

Barghouti added, “Israel is desperately trying to fight its increasing international isolation through bribes and intimidation rather than by ending its occupation and apartheid.”

An increasing number of Israeli politicians and intellectuals have admitted that Israel is practicing apartheid against Palestinians. The publisher of Haaretz, a prominent Israeli daily, has recently written that “only international pressure will end Israeli apartheid.”

A recent US poll has shown a significant shift among the Democratic Party’s “opinion elites,” whereby 47% of the party’s “opinion elites” viewed Israel as a “racist state” and as high as 31% supported boycott and sanctions against it.

“Just as Jonathan Demme and Martin Scorsese founded Filmmakers United Against Apartheid to protest the racist regime in South Africa in the 1980s,” said Barghouti, “Palestinian artists and civil society expect Hollywood figures to act with conscience by refusing to lend their name to Israel’s desperate attempts to cover up its war crimes and racism against the Palestinian people.”

“The proposed tour sets out to create the impression that occupied East Jerusalem, including the Old City, is part of Israel despite the fact that the UN, including the US, recognises it as occupied Palestinian territory. This comes at a time when Israel is accelerating its ethnic cleansing and killing of Palestinians in Jerusalem and entrenching its colonialism and apartheid policies.”

The European Union has issued guidelines stating that governments should not recognise Israeli sovereignty over occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.

The news about the decision of the Academy to allow Israel to use the awards as a propaganda vehicle comes in the midst of the #OscarsSoWhite scandal. Israel has over 50 racist laws that directly discriminate against its indigenous Palestinian citizens on the basis of race, meeting the UN definition of the crime of apartheid.

“The Academy’s association with Israel further tarnishes its image regarding racism and evokes memories of Hollywood’s past collaboration with criminal regimes,” said Barghouti.

Two of this year’s Oscar nominees, Mark Ruffalo and Mark Rylance, have criticised Israeli policies.

The nonviolent BDS movement for Palestinian rights, launched by Palestinian civil society in 2005, seeks freedom, justice and equality in accordance with international law.

Israeli officials associated with the “Brand Israel” campaign have repeatedly admitted that Israel uses culture as a propaganda tool to show its “prettier face” and whitewash its crimes in an attempt to counteract the fast growing reach and impact of the BDS movement.

Celebrities such as Roger Waters, Elvis Costello and Lauryn Hill have refused to perform in Israel. Thousands of artists and cultural figures in Canada, South Africa, Ireland, the UK, Norway, and elsewhere have come out in support of an institutional cultural boycott of Israel.

Major European firms Veolia, Orange and CRH have all recently quit Israel as a result of BDS campaigns.

Foreign direct investment in Israel dropped by 46% in 2014 as compared to 2013, according to a UN report, partially due to BDS campaigning, as stated by one of the report’s authors.

The Israel Export Institute has revealed that Israel’s exports in 2015 have dropped by 7% over 2014.

Moody’s, a leading credit ratings agency, has warned that “the Israeli economy could suffer should BDS gain greater traction.

Several mainline US churches and student governments across the US have voted to support divestment from companies and banks that are implicated in Israeli violations of international law.

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  1. sjabulhawa
    sjabulhawa
    February 10, 2016, 10:21 am

    wish we could offer them Apartheid Tours, so they can see for themselves what places like Shuhada Street look like

    • for-peace
      for-peace
      February 11, 2016, 10:26 am

      Naturally, they will not take these guests to Shuhada Street. Nevertheless, these tours in effect are the Apartheid Tours. No matter how much lipstick they might put on the pig, it is hard to impress a thinking mind with the result. After seeing how many proponents of Palestinian rights were transformed during their visits to Israel, including Birthright, I am convinced of that.

      This is the basic challenge of the Israel project in the internet age and beyond. When you have truth against you and can’t suppress it as you did in old times, you will lose ground at every turn. You can try putting on a good face like these efforts. They end up attracting supporters who are not so keen and create detractors who are. Over time, this adds up to a losing result no matter how you add it up.

      Like a star over the Chandrasekhar limit, no matter what the initial composition, no matter what planets may be revolving around you, you can’t change how you end up, however hard you might be motivated to try. It may go fast at times and slow down during others but it will get there one way or the other.

    • NavyVet42
      NavyVet42
      February 11, 2016, 2:44 pm

      Send them to Detroit in stead.

  2. Marnie
    Marnie
    February 10, 2016, 10:47 am

    I hope there’s actors and directors who have even half the courage that Vanessa Redgrave has and tell them to keep their payola and call the zionist ‘hoodlums’ out! There aren’t enough special effects in the world to make israel look like anything other than it is, an apartheid, criminal enterprise.

  3. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    February 10, 2016, 11:36 am

    I highly doubt that any nominees will formally reject this ‘gift’. Simply too risky in Hollywood.

    However, I also doubt that any of them (other than maybe Stallone) will actually take Israel up on its ‘offer’. Israel just isn’t cool anymore. Nobody wants to be a hasbara prop. These actors will look at what the Sodastream gig did for the image of Deadeyes Johansson, and say ‘No thanks’. Israel just isn’t worth it.

    • eljay
      eljay
      February 10, 2016, 12:43 pm

      || Maximus Decimus Meridius: … These actors will look at what the Sodastream gig did for the image of Deadeyes Johansson, and say ‘No thanks’. … ||

      I honestly wasn’t aware that the gig had had any detrimental impact on Ms. Johansson’s image, at least as far as her acting career, her commercial viability and the movie-going public are concerned.

      • annie
        annie
        February 10, 2016, 3:25 pm

        when was the last time she was on the cover of a magazine?

      • eljay
        eljay
        February 10, 2016, 3:31 pm

        || Annie Robbins: when was the last time she was on the cover of a magazine? ||

        According to this site:
        – Feb./2016 in both Hungary (Joy) and Germany (Cosmopolitan); and
        – a number of different magazines as recently as this past Fall (2015).

      • annie
        annie
        February 10, 2016, 11:07 pm

        nothing in the US tho. interesting.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 11, 2016, 10:49 am

        Some really top-notch publications there (not!)

        But I suppose it’s hard to measure these things. Johansson is a bad actress, so she’s probably not going to have much of a career once the next vacant eyed blonde comes on the scene. However, I do think the Sodastream fiasco has had an impact on her image. It’s brought up all the time whenever she is discussed. And dropping Oxfam (which of course she had only ever done to bolster her image) was definitely a bad PR move.

        And Johansson, at least, was getting paid (a lot) to do the Sodastream gig. The Oscar nominees won’t get a penny for their ‘free’ trip to Israel. Since they’re all loaded anyway, they could afford a luxury trip to Israel anytime they wanted at their own expense. Why accept this ‘gift’ only to be used as a hasbara tool, at a time when Israel is not a cause anyone wants to be associated with?

      • eljay
        eljay
        February 11, 2016, 10:56 am

        || Maximus Decimus Meridius: Some really top-notch publications there (not!) … ||

        But they are publications and she…
        – is relevant enough to be
        – isn’t so toxic that these publications don’t want her to be
        …on their front covers.

        || … But I suppose it’s hard to measure these things. … ||

        I agree.

        || … Johansson is a bad actress, so she’s probably not going to have much of a career once the next vacant eyed blonde comes on the scene. … ||

        I disagree.   :-)   I think she’s actually a pretty capable actress who’ll be around for some time to come.

        || … However, I do think the Sodastream fiasco has had an impact on her image. It’s brought up all the time whenever she is discussed. … ||

        Not in any (spoken) conversation I’ve ever participated in (for what little that may be worth).

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 11, 2016, 2:04 pm

        ” I think she’s actually a pretty capable actress who’ll be around for some time to come.”

        Not unless she cultivates another facial expression. The one she’s got has become a tad boring.

        Anyway, even if we disagree over whether Johansson is going to challenge Meryl Streep’s record of Oscar noms, I think we can agree that the Sodastream affair hasn’t actually enhanced her image, even if you believe that getting on the cover of a Hungarian magazine means it hasn’t damaged it. And like I say, she had clear financial interests in shilling for Sodastream, which clearly made it worthwhile for her not to jetison them. The same does not apply to the Oscar nominees who have nothing to gain, but potentially something to lose, by accepting this ‘gift’.

      • eljay
        eljay
        February 11, 2016, 2:37 pm

        || Maximus Decimus Meridius: Not unless she cultivates another facial expression. The one she’s got has become a tad boring. … ||

        I’ll have to disagree.

        || … Anyway, even if we disagree over whether Johansson is going to challenge Meryl Streep’s record of Oscar noms … ||

        I doubt she will. But I don’t put much stock in Oscar nominations.

        || … I think we can agree that the Sodastream affair hasn’t actually enhanced her image, even if you believe that getting on the cover of a Hungarian magazine means it hasn’t damaged it. … ||

        Fair enough – I agree.

        :-)

  4. xanadou
    xanadou
    February 10, 2016, 6:45 pm

    With rare exceptions, most of the “celebrities” will do as the real power in Hollywood, i.e., top producers, agents and lawyers, will order them to do; it’s about job security. The Black List is alive and thriving.

    However, naming and shaming the powerful, whose massive vanity has worn their skin very thin, may be an option. Those names may not mean anything to the average movie aficionado, but the slime can stain everyone else by association, including the final product and the almighty box office and ancillary sales.

  5. Steve Grover
    Steve Grover
    February 10, 2016, 8:22 pm

    I can’t wait to see Scarlett in Hail Caesar
    http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0475290/fullcredits/cast?ref_=m_tt_cl_sc

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      February 11, 2016, 10:51 am

      And you’ll be able to pick and choose your seat, because going by the latest box office figures, you’re going to have the cinema all to yourself!

    • NavyVet42
      NavyVet42
      February 11, 2016, 2:53 pm

      It’s already on my “must miss” list.

    • Steve Grover
      Steve Grover
      February 11, 2016, 5:20 pm

      Javier Bardem was excellent in the Coen Brother’s “No Country For Old Men”. I hope the reason he isn’t in their new movie “Hail Caesar” is because he is an Israel hating shmuck. The cast of “Hail Caesar” are big time actors who have been in previous Coen Brothers movies.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 13, 2016, 9:11 am

        Or maybe Bardem didn’t want to be involved with a film which, despite its cast of ‘big time actors’, has flopped miserably at the box office.

  6. MaxNarr
    MaxNarr
    February 10, 2016, 9:09 pm

    Every one of them will love a trip to Israel, It’s a wonderful country to visit from Tel Aviv to Jericho. There are beaches, ski slopes, religious sites, and excellent food. I don’t think collective punishment is appropriate or moral, especially considering Israel is the native homeland of the Jewish people from antiquity.

    • xanadou
      xanadou
      February 11, 2016, 12:31 am

      Homeland, Jewish… But not Israel. The small local cult was created around 500Bce and developed over the few centuries in Judea, hence Judaism, Jewish…

      The biblical myth about Israel was just that, a colourful story about a people and events that never were, invented in response to, and reflecting, the envied lives and lifestyles of the Judea trespassing foreigners; a story invented to counter the drab and cruel life in Judea, populated by sheep and goatherders who had to endure the endless streams of military might crisscrossing Judea on their way to, or from, other lands – to conquer or be conquered.
      (Finkelstein/Silberman’s “The Bible Unearthed”.)

      The cult had evolved into a regional religion of choice for many more throughout Antiquity’s last century (100Bce), accomplished by massive proselytizing.
      (Shlomo Sand, “The Invention of the Jewish People”).

      Jewish, because Judea. Not Israel. A daily reminder about the true origins of a land once shared by diverse local tribes, most with their own set of beliefs which did not survive into the modern era; proof positive of the power of numbers achieved thru proselytizing.

      Ergo: Israel, the native homeland of the descendants of different tribes, some if whom had accepted Judaism, others Christianity or, much later, Islam. Brown-skinned people, now considered racially inferior to the white genocidal immigrants who confer the degree of inferiority as defined by practised form of worship.

      One would have hoped that humanity had learned its lesson in the centuries that had followed the Holocaust of Native Americans. The American invaders were mostly illiterate, poor and desperate. The invaders of Palestine… not so much.

      Plus ça change…

      • NavyVet42
        NavyVet42
        February 11, 2016, 2:48 pm

        Just like that other cult started by that Jewish dude, Jesus.

      • annie
        annie
        February 11, 2016, 3:09 pm

        it was definitely considered a small local cult back then yes.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        February 12, 2016, 10:38 pm

        @xanadou, aiming to delegitimize to Jews who are the true indigenous inhabitants of Palestine, while the Palestinians didn’t establish a true national identity until the 1960s, an identity predicated on one main principal – the elimination if Israel.
        [..]

      • annie
        annie
        February 12, 2016, 11:12 pm

        mayhem, take your daniel pipes ideas, link and text somewhere else.

      • eljay
        eljay
        February 13, 2016, 12:05 pm

        || Mayhem: … aiming to delegitimize to Jews who are the true indigenous inhabitants of Palestine … ||

        Except that they were not and are not. “Jewish” is a religion-based identity, not an indigenous inhabitant credential.

        The non-Jewish and Jewish inhabitants of the geographic region of (Mandate) Palestine were and are the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      February 11, 2016, 1:00 am

      They’ll especially love the wall, the razor wire and sniper towers. There’s plenty of non-Jews on the list. I wonder how they’ll enjoy Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the sea of Galilee? They’ll be out of luck if they want to be baptized in the river Jordan, unless they don’t mind coming out of the water covered in a rash due to the intransigence of israel and Jordan in keeping it clean (what could possibly be the reason for that? Blatent anti-gentilism?). Perhaps they’ll visit the churches that haven’t been burned and defaced courtesy of ‘zionist hoodlums’? Maybe they’ll witness nuns and priest being spit on in the streets of Jerusalem. They’ll see first hand Palestinian christians denied access to their churches for services. Maybe they’ll realize if Jesus had been born now, he would be living under occupation. That’s bound to sting.

      Maxxnarrrrrr ‘There are beaches, ski slopes, religious sites, and excellent food.’
      Seriously? They’ll find the same thing in your lame ass description by taking the trip to Japan. Besides, with Nutty’s plan for fortress israel, who’d want to take the chance of getting stuck behind his walls?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        February 11, 2016, 4:19 am

        “They’ll find the same thing in your lame ass description by taking the trip to Japan.”

        Plus they will find polite people.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        February 11, 2016, 2:04 pm

        And a real country, with a real culture and a real history.

    • eljay
      eljay
      February 11, 2016, 7:23 am

      || MaxNarr: … considering Israel is the native homeland of the Jewish people from antiquity. ||

      Only in your fevered, supremacist imagination.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      February 11, 2016, 10:53 am

      “Every one of them will love a trip to Israel,”

      If that’s the case, how come none of them (that I know of) has ever visited Israel? It’s not like these actors don’t have plenty of time and money to spare. If Israel is such ” a wonderful country to visit”, how come they have to give it away for free?

    • MoCHo
      MoCHo
      February 11, 2016, 6:05 pm

      “From Tel Aviv to Jericho.” Pretty sure Jericho is not part of Israel. Pretty sure it’s part of the Occupied West Bank. Been there. And on my visit this fall I did find both Israel and the West Bank to be beautiful places. But I found the Jewish people I connected with to be far less gracious, welcoming and kind than the Palestinians I met. And I found the walls hideous, the checkpoints humiliating, and pretty much never want to ever go back there.

      • Theo
        Theo
        February 12, 2016, 8:30 am

        Amen and spread the word!

    • K Renner
      K Renner
      February 11, 2016, 7:01 pm

      ” Every one of them will love a trip to Israel,”

      A preposterously subjective claim.

      Maybe if they go to and remain in Tel Aviv, and avoid anything politics or Palestinian-related.

      “, It’s a wonderful country to visit from Tel Aviv to Jericho.”

      Jericho isn’t and never will be part of Israel.

      As for the rest of your hasbara babble– sure, if you ignore all the outstanding issues.

      Apartheid South Africa was also nice too in the touristy areas, I understand.

      “. I don’t think collective punishment is appropriate or moral,”

      See, with a comment like this, and knowing who you are, I find it hard to not consider you as little better then a troll.

      Whines about pretend “collective punishment” while absolving and even lauding the Israeli Jewish collective punishment of the Palestinians– either insanely stupid, or simply a troll as I just said.

      “especially considering Israel is the native homeland of the Jewish people from antiquity.”

      A total non-sequitur and typical hasbara nonsense. The only Jews whose homeland it was when Zionism got off the ground were the Palestinian Arab Jews already living there.

  7. ramzijaber
    ramzijaber
    February 11, 2016, 12:03 pm

    With this $55,000 blood-tainted swag, it is clear that zios are driving a concerted campaign to bring celebrities to occupied colonized Palestine.

    With the recent announcements that Beyonce, Springsteen, and Elton John will be BOUGHT (not bRought) to occupied Tel Aviv by Bluestone Productions (following Madonna, Iglesias, Bon Jovi, Stones, etc.), adelson and saban and other criminal zios are determined to control the celebrities voices.

    BDS must go into high gear and make sure these celebrities understand the longer term financial impact that they will suffer.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius
      February 11, 2016, 2:06 pm

      Elton John is a known sanctions buster and has been for decades, so who cares about him. Beyonce would do anything for money too. But Springsteen? Now that IS disappointing.

      • jon s
        jon s
        February 12, 2016, 3:40 am

        Elton is definitely scheduled to perform in Israel on May 26.

        As to Springsteen, we’re still in the realm of rumors and hopes, not definite yet. Ditto Beyonce.

      • diasp0ra
        diasp0ra
        February 12, 2016, 5:18 am

        @MDM

        Yeah, Elton also played Apartheid South Africa, guy has the moral compass of a toaster.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 12, 2016, 11:11 am

        “As to Springsteen, we’re still in the realm of rumors and hopes, not definite yet. Ditto Beyonce.”

        The plan is for Israel to be at the forefront of a world-wide dance craze, with a new step they call the “Beersheva shoot-and-stomp”!!

    • NavyVet42
      NavyVet42
      February 11, 2016, 2:51 pm

      I notice that you only capitalize people you approve on. Very childish.

      • annie
        annie
        February 11, 2016, 3:06 pm

        there’s nothing childish about disrespecting a disrespectful person, per se.

  8. MoCHo
    MoCHo
    February 11, 2016, 6:13 pm

    Thinking maybe it’s time to BOYCOTT these Oscars in protest of their apparent support of this racist, apartheid state.

    • annie
      annie
      February 11, 2016, 8:35 pm

      • Eva Smagacz
        Eva Smagacz
        February 12, 2016, 7:25 pm

        Aw, amazing!
        Awfully accurate – astoundingly awesome ads – absolutely adore Apartheid Adventures

  9. Mayhem
    Mayhem
    February 12, 2016, 10:46 pm

    Trying to stop people coming to Israel and seeing for themselves what is going. What sort of a draconian measure is that? Afraid perhaps that these celebrities will see Israel in a favourable light, contradicting the propaganda message of Mondoweiss? The guests of sponsored programs to Israel meet up with Palestinians so they get both sides of the story. Intelligent people should be able to make up their own minds and not be pressurized and indoctrinated by those with a biased anti-Israel agenda.
    In Australia it is particularly galling to see what the left wing fringe of the Labour Party wants to ban Israel trips for party members. Jewish leaders and some Labour politicians have slammed the proposal that would prevent party members from joining sponsored trips as ‘verging on anti-Semitic.’
    In NSW for the party’s conference there some 39 resolutions have been received concerning Israel and Palestine for their forthcoming conference, compared with just 17 resolutions dealing with all other international issues. Considering the significant concerns regarding Iran, Syria and other parts of the world, one can only wonder why the conference is not placing proportional focus on other international affairs, or matters directly concerning NSW voters. This is hijacking of our minds by the deluded Left that has completely lost its way and is devoid of sensible moral values.
    BDS is a decrepit cause. The U.S., state legislatures are passing bills that will outlaw state authorities from investing public funds in, and entering into contracts with, companies and other entities that engage in a boycott of Israel.

    • annie
      annie
      February 12, 2016, 11:03 pm

      hmm, i don’t agree mayhem. public officials are not supposed to take gifts. a sponsored trip to israel is very expensive. these trips where they take all the new congresspeople to israel, it’s pressure. is 80% of your colleagues are going and you don’t you stand out. foreign countries should be limited wrt how much influence they have over members of congress. it would be one thing if a delagation of three went once a year or something, but we know it isn’t like that. and if it’s anything like what is sponsored here, it’s dangerous to a democracy. let them pay for their own trips if they want to go. or like i said, limit it to a very few per political party. and i would feel that way if any country was running the kind of operation israel runs on foreign legislators. if 40 or 50 of them were spending their congressional down time in china or iran or russia or anywhere, i’d put a stop to it. israel spies on us, this we know. and then we have hundreds go there on military exercises. enough is enough. they are a foreign country, treat the as such — w/distance.

  10. just
    just
    February 24, 2016, 8:20 am

    “Variety Refuses to Publish a pro-BDS Ad Accusing Israel of Apartheid in Oscars Issue

    After the sponsored trip to Israel included in the swag bags for the Oscars, the magazine rejected Jewish Voice for Peace ad due to the sensitivity of the topic and the rude tone it has.

    Entertainment magazine Variety refused to publish an advertisement that says, “Don’t endorse Israeli apartheid,” in its upcoming Oscars issue.

    Jewish Voice for Peace, or JVP, a group that supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, announced Monday that the magazine initially accepted payment for the group’s ad, but then said it could not publish it since “it would need to have a softer tone.”

    The ad, whose top line reads “Free Trip to Israel at the Expense of Palestinians,” calls on Oscar nominees to refuse a free Israel trip worth $55,000 offered in their “swag bags.”

    JVP said in a statement it had asked for suggestions of “specific edits,” but was told that:  “The topic is too sensitive at this time and we will not be in a position to add it to next week’s edition.”

    JVP Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson called the refusal “a clear and disturbing example of the constraints on public debate about Palestine and Israel. Variety’s refusal to print our ad — especially in the context of the pro-occupation ads they have published in the past — illustrates a clear bias. Messages that support Israel are acceptable, while those that assert the humanity of Palestinians are censored.”

    JVP, which co-sponsored the ad together with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, was apparently referencing a December 2011 ad Variety published from the Emergency Committee to Protect Israel. That advertisement does not explicitly support Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, but it asks: “Why does the Obama administration treat Israel like a punching bag?”

    Variety did not respond to a request … for comment.

    The Israeli government is sponsoring the $55,000 all-expense paid, 10-day luxury travel pack with first-class air to Tel Aviv that is included in swag bags for Oscar host Chris Rock and all nominees in the best actor/actress, best supporting actor/actress, and director categories.

    So far two Oscar nominees, Mark Rylance and Asif Kapadia, have pledged not to visit Israel professionally, according to JVP.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/news/1.704984

    Thank you, Mark and Asif.

    • annie
      annie
      February 24, 2016, 11:22 am

      just, this just in via jvp email — “Full-Page Ad in Today’s Los Angeles Times Calls on Oscar Nominees to #SkipTheTrip Offered By Israeli Government Same Ad Rejected By Variety Magazine Last Friday”

      !!!

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