London’s Tricycle Theatre lifts ban on Jewish film festival

Amid the Gaza crisis, the Tricycle Theater had said it would not host the festival as long as it was sponsored by the Israeli embassy. (Photo courtesy: The Tricycle)

After refusing to host the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) while it is sponsored by the Israeli embassy, a London theater has now reversed its decision, the Guardian reported on Friday.

Amid the Gaza crisis, the Tricycle Theater had said it would not host the festival as long as it was sponsored by the Israeli embassy, saying the November festival should "not accept funding from any party to the current conflict."

It has now dropped its objection following “lengthy discussion between both sides,” the newspaper reported.

A joint statement from the UKJFF and Tricycle Theatre said: "Following lengthy discussions, the Tricycle has now withdrawn its objection and invited back the UKJFF on the same terms as in previous years with no restrictions on funding from the embassy of Israel in London.

"The UKJFF and the Tricycle have agreed to work together to rebuild their relationship with a view to holding events in the future."

"We both profoundly hope that those who take differing views on the events of the last few weeks will follow our lead and come together to acknowledge that dialogue, reconciliation and engagement will resolve points of difference and ensure that cultural diversity thrives in all communities."

However, this U-turn has come too late for this year's festival, in which the Tricycle had been due to screen 26 films. Now, alternative venues have been arranged.
 

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