“Killing Gaza” director accuses U.S. of double standards on freedom of speech

November 30, 2018

TEHRAN – Dan Cohen, an independent American journalist who has made the documentary “Killing Gaza” about Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza with his fellow colleague Max Blumenthal, has accused the U.S. government of double standards on freedom of speech.

The freedom of expression is theoretically possible in the United States, but in practice it doesn’t exist, he said in meeting organized during the 15th International Resistance Film Festival in Tehran on Thursday.

Cohen, who is Jewish, is in Tehran to promote “Killing Gaza”, which is described by himself much more than just a documentary about Palestinian resilience and suffering.

“It is a chilling visual document of war crimes committed by the Israeli military, featuring direct testimony and evidence from the survivors.”

At the meeting, he said that he has been told off for making the film in a letter sent by the embassy of the Zionist regime in the United States. They called him a reproach to the Jewish people.

He also said the Western authoritarian media influence networks such as Facebook and Twitter, which have many users in America. He added that a trailer of his film has been removed from his Facebook page by managers of the social network. He noted that Facebook is supported by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Cohen said that the U.S. government plans to wage a war against Iran and also announced his plan to make a documentary about how the U.S. sanctions on Iran have inflicted serious damage on the lives of the ordinary people in the country.

The film will also show that Iran is not a center for terrorism but on the contrary, it is a victim of terrorism.

Photo: American filmmaker Dan Cohen attends a press conference during the 15th International Resistance Film Festival at Tehran’s Felestin Cinema on November 29, 2018 to promote his documentary “Killing Gaza”. (IRFF)

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