Jerusalem Film Festival Opening Night Postponed Amid Security Concerns
Jerusalem Film Festival organizers announced Wednesday that they have decided to postpone the opening night film screening, scheduled for Thursday, by a week amid Israeli-Palestinian hostilities.
In a statement, organizers said that "due to the security situation the opening film has been postponed" to July 17. The gala event is still scheduled to be the world premiere of Eran Riklis’ Dancing Arabs and is still planned to happen at an outdoor venue, which has, however, been deemed too risky amid the tensions.
The rest of the festival is scheduled to take place as planned.
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have hit a multi-year high in recent days following the deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenage boys and a Palestinian boy. That has led to air attacks by Israel against Palestinians, while those have hit Israeli cities with rockets.
The fest is scheduled to screen more than 200 films. Among the guests expected are Spike Jonze and David Mamet.