There is, presently, a massive “Boycott Ster-Kinekor” campaign by the South African Jewish Community. This is an apparent backlash against the displaying of a poster and/or posters that have been funded by the BDS (http://www.bdsmovement.net/) at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau in Rosebank.
The poster/s in question, if I am incorrect, reflect/s what the BDS says is a representation of the swallowing of Palestinian Territory by the State of Israel in the last 60 years. Jewish boycotters have labelled the poster as an “incorrect” representation that does not reflect established history and have criticised Ster-Kinekor for allowing propaganda posters in its establishment.
Ster-Kinekor have responded only by stating the following: “We at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau have a contract in place with the Tri Continental Film Festival to host such festival and all advertising material belongs to the festival. We are a film content exhibitor and allow the hosting of many film festivals however the film content, themes and issues expressed within them is in no way advocated by Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau.”
Boycotters have dismissed this as a generic response that only hides the fact that Ster-Kinekor is anti-Semitic and promotes hatred and violence, in direct support of terrorist jihadists. Boycotters have vowed to never again support the cinema company and have demanded that the poster be taken down.
I’m surprised that this hasn’t reached main-stream news, given the extent of the outcry/controversy. I do not have enough of a grasp of the relevant history to comment on the accuracy or otherwise of the poster, so will refrain from doing so. What do you think of the whole situation? Is Ster-Kinekor being censored, or are the boycotters quite correct in demanding that freedom of speech be limited to spreading messages that are established as reflecting truth?
Regarding this situation, I’ve read a lot of conflicting things, so would welcome the provision of some “neutral” historical references that support whatever submissions you may make.
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