restricted access The Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation (Canada, 2009)

This manifesto, protesting the Toronto International Film Festival’s “City-to-City” Spotlight on Tel Aviv in light of Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories, prompted an acrimonious debate in Canada at the time. The filmmakers and writers involved in writing the manifesto—including social and political activist Naomi Klein and Canadian new Queer Cinema filmmaker John Greyson, who also pulled his film Covered (Canada, 2009) from the festival in protest—were accused of anti-Semitism (a perverse accusation, given that five of the signatories are Jewish and one an Israeli) and censorship. Countertexts decrying this supposed act of attempted censorship were released by David Cronenberg, Norman Jewison, and Ivan Reitman, among others.