The Board of Deputies of British Jews together with the Jewish Leadership Council welcome the turnaround decision, by The Tricycle Theatre to re-invite the UK Jewish Film Festival back to their cinema on the same terms as previous years. Although the original decision taken by the Tricycle, tore through the hearts of the wider Jewish community, we are greatly reassured to see that dialogue has prevailed over divestment. We look forward to the rebuilding of trust and confidence between The Tricycle and the UK Jewish Film Festival.
Please see the joint statement from the UK Jewish Film Festival and the Tricycle Theatre:
”Some weeks ago The UKJFF fell out, very publicly, with The Tricycle over a condition imposed by the Tricycle regarding funding. This provoked considerable public upset. Both organisations have come together to end that.
Following lengthy discussions between The Tricycle and UKJFF, the Tricycle has now withdrawn its objection and invited back the UK Jewish Film Festival on the same terms as in previous years with no restrictions on funding from the Embassy of Israel in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 and although the Festival are not able to return in 2014, we hope to begin the process of rebuilding trust and confidence 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.”