“Apologise To Our Hosts”: Israel Envoy As ‘The Kashmir Files’ Row Snowballs

Kashmir Files
Kashmir Files

Israel’s Ambassador to India today publicly condemned a filmmaker from his country who called ‘The Kashmir Files’ “propaganda” and “obscene film” at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Envoy Nor Gillon also apologized to India in an “open letter” on Twitter, a day after filmmaker Nadav Lapid, who heads the festival’s jury, criticized the film at the festival’s closing ceremony yesterday.

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‘The Kashmir Files’, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, revolves around the exodus and killing of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in 1990. And critics allege that it is loaded with facts.

An open letter to #NadavLapid after his criticism of the “#KashmirFiles. It’s not in Hebrew because I wanted our Indian brothers and sisters to be able to understand it. It’s also relatively long so I’ll give you the bottom line first . Shame on you. Here’s why,” Lapid tweeted this morning.

Gillon said that Lapid misused the Indian invitation to the panel of judges in “the worst possible way”.

“In Indian culture, they say a guest is like a god. You have misused the Indian invitation in the worst possible way to chair the panel of judges at @IFFIGoa, as well as full of confidence, respect & warmth The hospitality he has given you.” ” He added.

Nadav Lapid said yesterday that jury members at the film festival were “disturbed and shocked” by “The Kashmir Files”. “It felt to us like a propaganda, pornographic film, inappropriate for the artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival,” he said. Faced with a heavy backlash to the critique, Jury distanced himself from his comments, calling them “personal opinions”.

The Israeli envoy said that the people of his country should be humble as Indians are consuming a lot of Israeli content including ‘Fauda’ TV series. He said, “I am no film expert, but I know that it is insensitive and presumptuous to talk about historical events before studying them in depth and which is an open wound in India as many of those involved are still around.” and are still paying the price.” In a long thread of tweets.

Gillon said he was “extremely hurt” by the reactions in India that Lapid was skeptical of the Holocaust film ‘Schindler’s List’.

“I categorically condemn such statements. There is no justification for this. It shows the sensitivity of the Kashmir issue,” the envoy said. “The connection you made between your criticism of #KashmirFiles and your dislike of what is happening in Israeli politics was quite clear from your interview to Ynet.”

Gillon, in his tweet addressed to Lapid, said that India-Israel ties are very strong and will survive the “damage” caused by his remarks.

The messenger said, “As a human being I am ashamed and want to apologize to our hosts for the bad way we repaid them for their generosity and friendship.”

BJP leader Khushbu Sundar thanked Gillon and said that his words acted like a “calm of comfort”. He added, “The pain and trauma shown in the film is not a display of distorted history, but what Kashmiri Pandits actually had to go through.”

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