The Prime Minister, Charles Michel, hinted his disapproval, on Wednesday, of the honorary doctorate for Ken Loach by the Free University of Brussels (“ULB”). Michel said this during a ceremony organised in the Great Synagogue of Europe in Brussels, celebrating 70 years of the State of Israel.
The ULB will, on Thursday, award the British film-maker the title of honorary doctorate. The choice has been criticized by several Jewish organisations and key figures owing to statements by Mr Loach in relation to the holocaust and anti-Semitism, taken to be ambiguous.
Mr Michel, who himself studied Law at ULB, stated, “ We must act with complete resolve in this regard. We cannot tolerate anti-Semitism. In whatever form it takes. That goes for my own Alma Mater.”
There are other people within the MR, who have criticised the university’s decision, in particular the Senator Jacques Brotchi.