IFRD Condemns The Hate Speech & Incitement To Violence Against The Spanish Director of The Film: Gaza

The International Federation for Rights and Development (IFRD) condemns the hate speech and incitement to violence against the Spanish director “Julio Perez del Campo” for his film: Gaza.

IFRD considers with grave concern the death threats that reached the Spanish director, in contradiction to the principles and charters of human rights, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The director, Del Campo, has previously been subjected to Israeli pressure to prevent his documentary film “Gaza” from being shown in various film festivals.

Director Del Campo said months ago that Israel “is behind most of these attempts, and it tried to prevent this film from being shown during several festivals, and they succeeded in some of them, despite the film being selected for screening.”

He added that such attempts were made even during the screening of the film. The Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences faced pressure from Israel and associations associated with it.

“Gaza” documentary by Julio Perez del Campo and Carles Bouver on the situation in the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the Israeli military operation and the human rights violations in the Gaza Strip, was released in 2017.

The film won the Goya Award for Best Short Documentary Film in Spain last year. Despite this, the film was removed from the YouTube platform several times due to Israeli pressure.

IFRD learned that the platform is under great pressure from Zionist organizations, while director Del Campo is exposed to expressions of incitement and hatred and messages threatening to kill.

The International Federation for Rights and Development (IFRD) considers that the incitement campaign constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, in contravention of the relevant international conventions and covenants.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: “Any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence is prohibited by law.”

According to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, “every dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority or racial hatred, every incitement to racial discrimination and every act of violence or incitement to such acts is considered to be committed against any race or any group of color or other ethnic origin. And any assistance to racist activities, including its financing, is a crime punishable by law. ”

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