Hundreds of people gathered to demonstrate against the Tricycle Theatre's boycott of the UK Jewish Film Festival last night.

People held up signs and chanted, voicing their opposition to the decision, taken by the Kilburn theatre on Tuesday.

One protester who attended, Barbara Goldberg, said: "This was a peaceful, respectful protest."

"There was positive engagement and discussion between supporters of the campaign and members of the local Muslim community opposite who gathered to see what it was about."

The protest was organised by the Campaign Against Antisemitism UK.

In a statement on its Facebook page, it said: "Tricycle have taken an apolitical celebration of Jewish cinema, politicised it and punished Britain's Jewish community."

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Artistic director of the theatre Indhu Rubasingham said: ‘We have been contacted by several patrons who have been given misleading information about the Tricycle and the UK Jewish Film Festival.

"The Tricycle has always welcomed the Festival and wants it to go ahead.

"We have proudly hosted the UK Jewish Film Festival for many years. However, given the situation in Israel and Gaza, we do not believe that the festival should accept funding from any party to the current conflict."