Tonight, Wednesday, December 12, in keeping with its image as a progressive leader in social policy, the City of West Hollywood was to have hosted a film screening and panel discussion on the painful birth of Israel and the Palestinian refugee crisis. Instead, the city is playing censor, “postponing” the event until further notice.
The screening and panel, which I was invited to join, was part of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speaker Series and co-sponsored by PBS SoCal. It was to feature the new documentary, “1948: Creation and Catastrophe.” But after spurious allegations of anti-Semitism by a local rabbi, the city pulled the plug. City Councilmember Lindsey Horvath said she didn’t want West Hollywood to become a “refuge for hate.”
But the real issue here, as it is increasingly in public forums and the media across America, is who gets to tell the story.
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