Sup­port the fes­ti­val

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

The deal that has been agreed between the Tri­cy­cle The­atre and the UK Jewish Film Fes­ti­val has been greeted with some dis­may. The the­atre may have dropped its de­mand that the fes­ti­val sever its links with the Is­raeli Em­bassy but it has made no apol­ogy for its behaviour and this has not felt like a vic­tory for the fes­ti­val. There have even been some dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers for naïvety in ac­cept­ing the agree­ment and al­low­ing the the­atre to wrig­gle off the hook. But, as we re­port to­day, it is clear that the fes­ti­val has not been in any way naïve and is in no doubt that the Tri­cy­cle has not yet come close to prov­ing that it is fit to host any future fes­ti­val. The direc­tor and board re­main in post — the same peo­ple who de­cided that they could only host a Jewish fes­ti­val that dis­so­ci­ated it­self from Is­rael. Mean­while the fes­ti­val’s fi­nances are se­verely out of kil­ter as a re­sult of the last minute changes of venue. We should all make a spe­cial ef­fort this Novem­ber to sup­port this won­der­ful Jewish cul­tural adorn­ment.

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