How dare you, Ken Loach

We had a recent post on Ken Loach and his prominent role in the storm opportunistically whipped up round Israeli director Tali Shalom Ezer over a paltry £300 donated by the Israeli Embassy to cover her travel and subsistence costs at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Via Modernity, Gary Sinyor, director of Leon the Pig Farmer, among other works, protests:

“…today, I am writing to the Edinburgh Film Festival and asking for my name to be taken off their records. I am removing Winner, Best British Film, Edinburgh 1992 from my CV. If I could cut the award in half and send half back I would. And here’s why.”

In the Independent, How dare you, Ken Loach and an accompanying report. See also a Scotland on Sunday report.

For the role of officials in supporting boycotts, see also our earlier piece on the Israeli Davis Cup match and the officials of Malmo.

Update: see also Unison refusing a Trade Union Friends of Israel a stall at its conference “for our own safety”.

Predictably Ken Loach is refusing to engage, this time on the pretext of “I don’t respond to personal attacks”. He surely realises that this protest is his due; before his personal intervention, EIFF had refused to bow to pressure.