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The Brussels ULB university honored British director Ken Loach with a special doctorate on Thursday despite veiled criticism from Prime Minister Charles Michel and outspoken rebukes from Jewish organizations about anti-Semitism allegations.

Loach, who is known for his strong defense of the Palestine cause, is often critical of the Israeli government. Still, he denied again Thursday that he is anti-Semitic.

“Depicting me as anti-Semitic simply because I am adding my voice to those who denounce the plight of the Palestinians is grotesque,” Loach said in a statement.

Michel, a former ULB student, said in the Brussels Grand Synagogue on Wednesday night that “anti-Semitism cannot be tolerated, whatever its form. That also goes for my alma mater.”

He did not explicitly name Loach as the target of his criticism but his university honor had been prominent in the Belgian media for days.

Loach, 81, has strongly denied he ever questioned or trivialized the Holocaust. A committed leftist, Loach said Thursday that “I know very well the history of Holocaust denial. It is the province of the far right, and I have nothing to do with that. I have nothing but contempt for that.

“Mr. Michel: look at the evidence and then withdraw your words,” Loach said.

Source: Brussels university honors director Loach despite critics – SFGate


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