The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

Hav­ing been at­tacked out­side the Tri­cy­cle Theatre last Novem­ber by anti-Is­rael zealots and af­ter spend­ing the night in hos­pi­tal, I can say from ex­pe­ri­ence that the writ­ing has been on the wall for years and, as a com­mu­nity, we failed to take se­ri­ously enough the re­lent­less, ag­gres­sive, smear cam­paign against Is­rael.

I wrote to the Jewish Film Fes­ti­val and asked that the protests out­side the theatre be con­sid­ered as a threat to the fu­ture of the fes­ti­val, but I never re­ceived a re­ply.

The Tri­cy­cle Theatre has been har­ried by anti-Is­rael pres­sure groups for years and the theatre sim­ply don’t want to deal with the protests and ha­rass­ment any more, Gaza was merely a con­ve­nient get-out clause.

Lead­ing fig­ures in our com­mu­nity have to vig­or­ously fight this and fight back. Complacency leads to fur­ther dis­crim­i­na­tion against Jews and en­hances zealotry against Is­rael and its cit­i­zens. Jes­sica Lawrence, But­ler Road, West Har­row, Mid­dle­sex.

My po­si­tion as co-chair of the Jewish Book Coun­cil was mis­rep­re­sented in last week’s Jewish Chron­i­cle – par­tic­u­larly in the editorial.

Jewish Book Week re­gards any form of cul­tural boy­cott as coun­ter­pro­duc­tive, pro­mot­ing di­vi­sions in place of di­a­logue.

JBW has al­ways strived to build bridges across the spec­trum. It presents a wide range of events that re­flects many di­verse views. It will con­tinue to do so again at Jewish Book Week 2015, which will run from Fe­bru­ary 21 to March 1. Gail San­dler Co-chair Jewish Book Coun­cil Al­bert Street Lon­don NW1

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