Loach calls for boycott on Israel
Ken Loach has come out to ask for a boycott on cultural and sporting events supported by the Israeli state.
Speaking at the Sarajevo Film Festival, the director suggested that: “Israel must become a pariah state.” Loach was presenting the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation award to two documentary-makers from Gaza, one of whom, Ashraf Mashharawi, felt that he would be unable to return home. “I can’t go back now because of the bombing and because of the closed border,” he said. “I have to wait, but I know it is also our duty to come here and bring these voices of victims – they chase you.”
Loach went on castigate David Cameron for refusing to take a firm stance on the issue of Gaza. “My country, to its shame, follows the bully that is the United States,” he said. “But we are not powerless. We can act together.”