Sunday 25 September 2016

Palestinians urge Oscar nominees to reject free Israel trip

Published 10/02/2016 | 11:11

A giant Oscar statue outside the 2015 Academy Awards. Photo: PA
A giant Oscar statue outside the 2015 Academy Awards. Photo: PA

Palestinians are urging Oscar nominees to decline a government-sponsored trip to Israel.

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Tourism ministry spokeswoman Lydia Weitzman said Israel is offering free 10-day luxury holidays to 26 stars including Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon.

Tourism minister Yariv Levin said on Sunday "their visit will have enormous resonance among millions of fans".

Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti said Israel is fighting "its increasing international isolation through bribes", rather than by changing its policies.

"There are no Hunger Games in Gaza but there is real hunger," he said.

In recent years, pro-Palestinian activists have called for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel to protest its policies toward the Palestinians.

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