The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

I wrote to the Tri­cy­cle this week as fol­lows. “In the light of your re­cent de­ci­sion to boy­cott the UK Jewish Film Fes­ti­val I would like to in­form you that I will no longer sup­port the Tri­cy­cle Theatre in any man­ner what­so­ever.

I will also ac­tively en­cour­age all my friends and sup­port­ers of the arts to do like­wise. I won­der how much money from Jewish sup­port­ers you have taken and ben­e­fited from over the years?

You do not know me, I am a Bri­tish Jew. You do not know my views on Is­rael. You have made an ap­palling mis­take to equate the Jews of Bri­tain with Is­raeli Pales­tinian pol­i­tics.

I ask you, did you boy­cott any­thing re­lated to any Mus­lims in Bri­tain when Pres­i­dent As­sad of Syria started to mur­der his own peo­ple? Do you hold the en­tire Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion of the UK re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions of Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, Isis and all the other fun­da­men­tal­ist Mus­lim ter­ror groups and dic­ta­tor­ships who reg­u­larly com­mit atroc­i­ties against their own Mus­lim broth­ers, women and gay men? No, I didn’t think so.

You do not de­serve to re­ceive the sup­port of a lib­eral, char­i­ta­ble and tol­er­ant com­mu­nity such as is the Jewish com­mu­nity of Lon­don”. Lucy Smouha Wed­der­burn Road, Lon­don NW3

I have been an avid au­di­ence mem­ber of the Jewish Film Fes­ti­val in Lon­don for many years. How very dis­ap­point­ing that the Tri­cy­cle has taken the ap­palling step to eject the fes­ti­val, be­cause of par­tial Is­raeli fund­ing.

Para­dox­i­cally, it would seem to the Is­raeli Em­bassy’s enor­mous credit that it spon­sors a fes­ti­val that em­braces films from all parts of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum. Some in­deed re­flect the po­lar op­po­site at­ti­tudes of cur­rent Is­raeli govern­ment pol­icy.

This fes­ti­val has shown sev­eral films por­tray­ing the Pales­tinian point of view as well as the Is­raeli. And some of the films sym­pa­thetic to Pales­tinian de­sires, are cre­ated by Is­raeli Jews.

Last year alone, films shown as part of the Jewish Film Fes­ti­val, in­cluded Room 514, ad­dress­ing the case of a se­nior of­fi­cer ac­cused of abus­ing a Pales­tinian fam­ily; State 194, an ex­plo­ration of the in­tri­ca­cies of achiev­ing a two state so­lu­tion; and an Is­raeli-Pales­tinian cin­e­matic project.

Would a Pales­tinian cul­tural event in­clude ma­te­rial re­flect­ing an Is­raeli per­spec­tive, let alone one spon­sored by the au­thor­i­ties.

The Tri­cy­cle has cho­sen to cen­sor this elo­quent and bal­anced medium of ex­pres­sion. Shame on them. Dr Sharon Klein­berg Lon­don

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