Loach calls for boy­cott on Is­rael

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

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.”

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