Israeli city pulls screening of Katie Hopkins film on ‘Jewish exodus’

Israeli city pulls screening of Katie Hopkins film on ‘Jewish exodus’

A spokesperson for the municipality said that it was 'mutually decided' the screening would be cancelled due to the 'sensitive topic'

Katie Hopkins
Katie Hopkins

An Israeli city has cancelled a screening of Katie Hopkins’ film Homelands which claims to document “forced Jewish and Christian exodus from Western Europe”.

The screening was to take place at the Yad Lebanim Cultural Centre in Ra’anana, but it has since been cancelled, the city confirmed on Twitter.

A spokesperson for the municipality told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that it was “mutually decided” the screening would be cancelled due to the “sensitive topic”.

It was organised by Hopkins and Janice Atkinson, an independent member of European Parliament who was banned from UKIP.

The film was partly shot in Israel with help from the Europe of Nations and Freedom group of the European Parliament, which includes Atkinson.

However, Hopkins posted a video on Twitter yesterday claiming the film would be screened in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening instead.

“Proud to have brought my new documentary #Homelands to Israel,” she wrote on Monday. “Premiering TOMORROW NIGHT in Jerusalem – the capital of this beautiful Israeli land.”

But Hopkins has not revealed further details, and her spokesperson was unable to confirm whether the event was still taking place when contacted by Jewish News.

Tal Ofer, a member of the Board of Deputies, tweeted he was informed by several sources the Jerusalem screening had been cancelled.

Meanwhile the former UKIP candidate Keith Fraser claimed a private screening of the film would be held at the Everyman Cinema in Maida Vale next September.

But the venue declined to confirm whether the screening was taking place, saying it could not reveal details of private screenings to third parties.

Atkinson was contacted for comment.

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