Israeli Culture Minister, politicians not invited to Ophir Awards

Today, Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev angrily responded to not being invited to the ‘Israeli Oscars’ and stated that she will stream her speech on Facebook at the same time as the ceremony.
Regev Photo credit: Alex Kolomisky/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Today (Tuesday), Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev responded to the decision not to invite politicians to the Ophir Awards ceremony, also known as the Israeli Oscars, and attacked the management of the Film Academy.

Regev claimed that she predicted that she wouldn’t be invited to the ceremony and stated that she will stream her speech live on Facebook at the same time as the awards. “The decision was expected,” she explained. “In light of the Academy’s attempt to dictate and censor my speeches. This unfortunate decision will not prevent me from speaking…This is a cowardly and undemocratic decision of an organization that excludes the public’s position.”

During last year's ceremony Photo credit: Channel 24/ Channel 2 News

One of the leading candidates in the ceremony is Foxtrot, a movie that received harsh criticism from Regev and won the second-place prize at the Venice Film Festival. During last year’s awards ceremony, Regev stepped out during a performance of a song written by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish in protest.  



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