Search

Ham&High poll shows community split over Tricycle Theatre decision on Jewish festival

11:45 13 August 2014

Protest outside Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn following refusal to host Jewish film festival over Gaza conflict. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Protest outside Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn following refusal to host Jewish film festival over Gaza conflict. Picture: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

The Tricycle Theatre’s decision not to host an annual Jewish film festival sponsored by the Israeli government has divided opinion among Ham&High readers.

Two pro-Palestine protestors turned up at the demonstration. Picture: Nigel SuttonTwo pro-Palestine protestors turned up at the demonstration. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Following the decision last week, a poll conducted on our website asked readers if they agreed or disagreed with the stance taken by the theatre in the wake of escalating violence between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.

As of Monday afternoon, 2,028 readers had voted in the poll with 1,040 (51 per cent) supporting the theatre’s decision and 988 (49 per cent) opposing it.

Organisers of the UK Jewish Film Festival, which has taken place at the theatre for the past seven years, are working round-the-clock to find alternative venues to host the 26 films screenings, and six gala events, which were due to be held at the Tricycle.

Ham&High editor Geoff Martin said: “The poll shows this is clearly a divisive issue, with those who responded to the poll being almost evenly split.

“The strength of feeling in the Jewish community is palpable: many feel personally offended by a decision which has nothing to do with the arts in London, but with a conflict more than 2,000 miles away.

“Support for the Tricycle’s viewpoint also shows the strength of feeling against the Israeli offensive.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Monday, December 1, 2014
David Kitchen, chair of SEGA, and Prof. David Ketterer at the Pond St entrance to

It’s a “rather grim” alleyway that serves as a little else but a store for rubbish and recycling.

Michael Darvill, sub-postmaster at Highgate Post Office, pictured with the ATM machine that was damaged when thieves tried to blow it open. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Thieves made a brazen bid to blow a cash machine from the wall of a post office by exploding volatile gas canisters to access money inside.

Mark Beard, headteacher of University College School in Hampstead, where shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt was a pupil. Picture: Dieter Perry

Hampstead and Highgate’s private school leaders have united against Labour’s plans to revoke tax breaks for independent schools if they don’t support the state sector – after the head of the shadow education secretary’s old school accused the MP of “offensive bigotry”.

Talia Angel, now 17, after surgery and Botox injections after a missed brain tumour left her with a facial deformity

A teenager left with a facial deformity and unable to move her eye after a brain tumour went undetected for three years, has won a five-year fight for compensation to aid her recovery.

Most read news

The judge reckons the PC did not have enough wit to invent the story.

There’s been a rise in the number of fresh shop-bought chickens contaminated with the bug since August.

Fellow writers Ian Rankin and Patricia Cornwell also paid tribute.

New responsibilities over income tax and welfare could be heading to Holyrood.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition