More than 130 gay and trans filmmakers have pledged to boycott an LGBT+ film festival in Tel Aviv, the latest move in a bitter row between Israel and international pro-Palestinian activists.
Turner Prize-winning British artist Charlotte Prodger and French film director Alain Guiraudie are among those boycotting the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, which is funded by the Culture Ministry and was to open on Wednesday.
"Our liberation is intimately connected to the liberation of all oppressed peoples and communities," Queer Cinema for Palestine, a group of pro-Palestinian filmmakers behind the boycott campaign, said on its website.
"We stand in solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom, justice, and dignity."
Itai Pinkas, a Tel Aviv city council member responsible for LGBT+ issues, said the boycott was misplaced.
"This is harming a pure cultural event that is really nothing to do with whatever wrong the state may be doing," Pinkas told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"Israeli policy can be, and sometimes should be, criticized but I don't see how this is criticizing ... governmental policy."
Israel - seen as the most liberal country in the Middle East for LGBT+ rights - is often hit by boycotts over its policies towards Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
The annual Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv is attended by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world.