This is a disgrace.
Attempts by the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign – led by antisemites such as John Wight, or sympathizers with the murderers of unarmed teenage seminary students such as Mick Napier – appeared to have failed, so Loach said:
I’m sure many film-makers will be as horrified as I am to learn the Edinburgh International Film Festival is accepting money from Israel. The massacres and state terrorism in Gaza make this money unacceptable. With regret, I must urge all who might consider visiting the festival to show their support for the Palestinian nation and stay away.
Good fucking riddance, then, you worthless excuse for a human being. ‘Artists’ and faux bellwethers of the litterarti receive all they are owed by our attending their productions. This is not the 19th Century, when William Wadsworth Longfellow besotted Queen Victoria’s household (who had, presumably, seen all the great names the world had to offer). I can pick up a DVD from the petrol station, or a book from Tescos, or turn on the radio and television at any time of the day and get my cultural fix. None of us are beholden to some self-appointed moral guardian who has not fought for a single moment of his comfort.
So, of course, the EIFF which claims to represent the art of the silver screen which transcends political boundaries said, okay then.
Even though Israeli films will continue to be shown at the EIFF, make no mistake, thuggish supporters and purveyors of antisemitism have been permitted a repellent victory here.
And for all Loach’s self-satisfaction at representing the British film making ‘community’, there is trouble at’mill, as stated by Jeremy Isaacs in today’s Times.
Fuck off, fuck off, fuck off Ken Loach.