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...