27.8.06

Ken Loach joins the cultural Boycott of Israel

''Statement by Ken Loach
I support the call by Palestinian film-makers, artists and others to boycott state sponsored Israeli cultural institutions and urge others to join their campaign.Palestinians are driven to call for this boycott after forty years of the occupation of their land, destruction of their homes and the kidnapping and murder of their civilians.They have no immediate hope that this oppression will end.As British citizens we have to acknowledge our own responsibility. We must condemn the British and US governments for supporting and arming Israel. We must also oppose the terrorist activities of the British and US governments in pursuing their illegal wars and occupations.However, it is impossible to ignore the appeals of Palestinian comrades. Consequently, I would decline any invitation to the Haifa Film Festival or other such occasions. ''
Best Wishes,Ken Loach

Read here an interview Loach gave to le Monde at the time of the screening of his Award winning movie 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley' at Cannes.

My argument for a cultural and economic boycott of Israel.

P.S. I will be traveling with an intermittent internet access and will not contribute much to this blog for the next two or three weeks. During this time comment moderation will be enabled.

4 comments:

Richard said...

Sophia, stay safe, be well, and enjoy the coming weeks.

Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

We must condemn the British and US governments for supporting and arming Israel. We must also oppose the terrorist activities of the British and US governments in pursuing their illegal wars and occupations

"Nothing to add, nothing to amend" as Victor Hugo famously said of the revolutionary motto of 1789.

Hope this message finds you well.

Me, I´ve been sailing (una vez màs!) off the coast of old Hispania with little electronic links to the world outside my little catamaran.

Made me want to reverse the tide of time and jump back to the pre-Tex-Avivian era when the growth engine of the "civilized" world didn´t work on a hybrid fuel made of Iraqi blood and Palestnian flesh...

Sophia said...

Richard, Victor,

Thank you.

RoxieAmerica said...

My question: Why on earth can't the world governments unite behind a Middle East peace discussion. Why can't the representatives of all groups and parties meet and debate how to bring peace, instead of how to continue war? It seems like such an obvious course of action to me.

 
Since March 29th 2006