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Ajami Co-Director Ahead Of The Oscars : “I Don’t Represent Israel”

Ajami co-director Scandar Copti on Sunday said that he does not represent Israel, hours before his film competes for the best foreign film Oscar at the Academy Awards, Army Radio reported.

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“I am not Israel’s national team and do not represent her,” Copti reportedly said.

“It is an extremely technical thing and that’s how it works at the Oscars – it says ‘Israel’ because that’s where the money comes from.”

He added that the film, which is co-directed by Copti and Israeli director Yaron Shani, features a mixed cast.

“There’s a Palestinian director, an Israeli director, Palestinian actors and Israeli actors.

The film technically represents Israel, but I don’t represent Israel.

I cannot represent a country that does not represent me,” he said, according to Army Radio.

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