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So now, the latest show of solidarity with the ‘Toronto Declaration’ is that an Egyptian filmmaker has pulled his film from the festival in protest of Tel Aviv’s inclusion.

If the world made sense, the sequence of events would have been that 2 weeks ago, Tel Aviv filmmakers upon hearing that an Egyptian was showing a film, pulled out to protest Egypt’s systematic religious discrimination, lack of freedom of expression and treatment of women, and then quickly garnered a list of 50 people including celebrities who stand in solidarity with their position. But since 2+2=5 these days, we are all programmed to immediately think that such a scenario is outrageous, and instead find it quite natural that representatives of a country with an oppressive regime have legitimacy when coming out against the only democracy in the middle east. Welcome to the 21st century.

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