A prominent U.S. rabbi has entered the fray, strongly condemning a growing international protest against the Toronto International Film Festival's decision to highlight Tel Aviv in its City to City program.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, named by Newsweek as the most influential rabbi in America, labelled the protest by more than 65 artists and filmmakers "nonsense" and "a recipe that calls for the destruction of the state of Israel."
Meanwhile, organizers of the "Toronto Declaration" announced that they have more than 1,000 signatories from around the world opposing TIFF's decision to focus on Tel Aviv.
CORRECTION AND APOLOGY: In an article headlined "Rabbi slams TIFF protest" published in the Friday Sept. 11 edition of Metro, we erroneously reported that directors David Cronenberg, Norman Jewison and Ivan Reitman were among those opposed to TIFF's City to City spotlight on Tel Aviv. In fact, these three directors are in support of the Tel Aviv spotlight and have criticized those opposed to the program. Metro also incorrectly reported that Penelope Cruz, George Clooney, Julianne Moore, Oprah Winfrey and Chris Rock opposed the City to City spotlight on Tel Aviv. Metro regrets these errors and apologizes to each of these individuals.