This letter was read out at the Amnesty event by Chair, Kamila Shamsie. On 22 September the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport sent the letter in response to a letter of complaint that urged Culture Secretary Sajid Javid ‘to put a stop to this harassment and open manipulation of public institutions, and protect the theatre’s Arts Council funding.’ The letter confirms the UK government department’s close relationship with the Israeli embassy, which is funding the film festival.

The Department has kept closely in touch with the Israeli Ambassador during this unfortunate chain of events, and assured him of the Government’s commitment to challenge anti-semitism wherever it might arise.

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