Singapore bans film focused on Palestinian teen activist

Singapore bans film focused on Palestinian teen activist

Singapore has banned a film festival from screening the documentary "Radiance of Resistance" that features the teenage Palestinian female activist Ahed Tamimi.
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Singapore has banned a film festival from screening the documentary "Radiance of Resistance" that features the teenage Palestinian female activist Ahed Tamimi.

The move came after Tamimi's arrest last month, that has made her a symbol of resistance to the Israeli military occupation in the West Bank.

Justifying the ban, Singaporean authorities said the film was "skewed" and potentially divisive for the city-state's multi-ethnic population.

The documentary, which looks at the Palestine-Israeli conflict through the eyes of 16-year-old Tamimi and another young female activist, lacks "counterbalance", the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) said on its website.

"The skewed narrative of the film is inflammatory and has the potential to cause disharmony amongst the different races and religions in Singapore," the IMDA said.

The documentary was set to be shown at the Singapore Palestinian Film Festival on Thursday.

It was screened at a number of festivals worldwide in 2017 and won Best Documentary at the Respect Human Rights Film Festival in Belfast, but has become even more topical following Tamimi's arrest last month.

Tamimi was charged on Monday with counts of aggravated assault, and will be tried in an Israeli military court. An adult found guilty of assaulting a soldier could be jailed for up to 10 years, but Tamimi is a minor, so such an outcome is unlikely.

Source: Reports

 

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