Posted in the comments below, anonymously, was a comment that claimed to copy for us Zizek's response to the matter of whether or not to boycott Israel (recall, he's appearing there in connection with a film which goes against a current boycott of Israel). I say claim not because I don't believe or trust the comment, but because I have not verified it myself. I do appreciate the fact that someone posted it here, since it had been a matter of discussion. I'll add that I'm interesting in the timing of this and would wonder whether matters change given the current unconscionable atacks on Lebanon. That is a separate issue, to be sure, yet for me at least it's inseparable from the matter of Israeli aggression and its relation to the Palestinian.
I read your letter asking me to boycott the Jerusalem Film Festival. As you know, I'm coming to Palestine and Israel for the sole purpose of supporting Udi Aloni's film, Forgiveness, which is in my opinion maybe the most beautiful, powerful and important film ever made about the tragedies of the region. Even though I know that many of the individuals who run the Jerusalem Film Festival care tremendously about creating peace and justice, I respect non-violent means of resistance chosen by my colleagues in Palestine in the fight against the Occupation, the Wall, the Israeli government's Apartheid policies, and the violence against the Palestinian people.
After communicating with others in the international community of intellectuals (including my long time friend, Judith Butler, who shared her huge appreciation with me for the movie Forgiveness and who also agrees that in this terrible time, we cannot act as if there is "business as usual"), I've decided to come as a guest of the film and not of the festival, regardless of the festival's good intentions. Therefore, I'm going to reimburse the festival for all funds that they've spent in bringing me. Yet I will speak about Forgiveness in Jerusalem, and I'm happy that the film is showing in the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Again, this isn't an easy decision for me. But I think it is the solution best fit for preserving the right of Israelis to change the hearts and minds of other Israelis through art and other means, while at the same time respecting the means of struggle that you have chosen. Further, I will make my first appearance in Ramallah for our friends who cannot come to Jerusalem because of the Apartheid policies of the Israeli government and the Wall.
Let's hope that with the combined forces of Palestinians, Israelis, and Internationals, we'll be able to bring justice, equality, and peace to the two peoples.