Latest Propaganda Ploy From Gaza: The Palestinian Film Festival

This week, Gazans are being treated to a film festival – the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival. But instead of just providing Gazans with a way to enjoy some movies or even promote peace through art, it is all about propaganda.

It’s aim?

Organisers of the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival, running for the third time since 2015, say the goal is to raise awareness of hardship in the Gaza Strip,

There’s a red carpet…with part of the Balfaour Declaration text so people can trample on it. And it is laid on a floor “built from the rubble of homes destroyed in wars with Israel.”

(AFP/Mohammed Abed)

And naturally the red carpet provides for some great propaganda shots.

“The children and poor people are walking on the carpet,” organizer Saad al-Saworki told AFP proudly at Friday’s opening night. “They are far more important than the carpet.”

Despite these images, the organizers and others think it’s message is about the palestinian’s love of life.

The festival will feature 25 films, made by Palestinian, Arab and international artists in Gaza, the West Bank and the Israeli-Arab city of Haifa, said festival spokesman Saud Aburamadan.

“Our message is: ‘We love life as much as we can,” Aburamadan said.

‪Youth activist Asad al-Saftawi, 25, said the festival helped change Gaza’s image in the outside world.

Instead of the “stereotype” of violence and destruction, it showed that “in Gaza young people have creativity and love of life.”

This is the trailer for the film festival. As you can see, the love of life exuding from it is overwhelming.

And there you have it. Yet another example of how the palestinians use up time, money and resources to incite hatred, while trying to score propaganda points. Instead of, you know, doing something constructive to help promote and facilitate peace.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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