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Film director Ken Loach should rethink Israeli boycott

WHEN Ken Loach, the director of The Wind That Shakes The Barley - arguably the finest film about the dark events of the Irish War of Independence - called on the Curzon and Odeon cinema chains and Bafta to drop screenings for an Israeli film festival, because it is at least partly promoted and financed by the Israeli Government, he joined a long list of cultural icons who support the Boycott, Diversify and Sanction campaign that has achieved global significance.

However, a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London might give Mr Loach a different perspective on the ultimate tragedy of the most insidious boycott in history.

He might rethink the call for a contemporary boycott of all things Israeli after spending an hour in the museum's permanent Holocaust exhibition, which identifies the early Nazi boycott of Jewish businesses as a central and essential tool in the exclusion of Jews from Germany society.

This type of experience forces even the most vociferous anti-Israel critic to make an analogy between the present call for a boycott with the dreadful long-term consequences that followed the Nazi-inspired Jewish boycott of 1930.

If it doesn't, then it should.


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