Israel’s largest public film fund attaches political strings to its funding

Artists for Palestine UK

The Rabinovich Foundation obligates filmmakers to whitewash apartheid and ethnic cleansing

Since launching in 2015, Artists for Palestine UK has advocated for artists and arts organisations to refuse professional engagements with Israel’s complicit cultural sector. We have helped publicise much information in support of arts professionals taking these stands.

We have now obtained a full copy of the standard contract of the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts’s Israel Cinema Project that filmmakers must sign before receiving funding. Rabinovich’s Cinema Project is Israel’s largest film fund.

We are publishing an excerpt of the contract, which shows that the fund insists that filmmakers pledge not to acknowledge Israel’s apartheid or ethnic cleansing against Palestinians.

All filmmakers seeking Rabinovich funding – whether Jewish Israeli or Palestinians with Israeli citizenship – must agree to these racist political conditions. We hope that by exposing it, international film institutions can make informed decisions regarding their…

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