Poor show for Palestine exhibition protest

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

Two people have made a solitary stand against the controversial Loss of Innocence Palestinian exhibition at Manchester Cathedral as it continued into its final week.

Last week the cathedral removed anti-Israel literature handed out by the exhibition's organisers after leading Manchester Jewish figures criticised the cathedral for participating in
a political campaign.

On Tuesday, Stand With Us campaigner Joy Wolfe (above) marked the birthday of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by offering passers-by cake outside the iconic cathedral to raise awareness of his plight.

Dennis Levene, 71-year-old, from Sale, came separately with a homemade leaflet entitled "Loss of Innocence or Loss of Balance".

Mr Levene said the lack of Jewish protest was "really quite pathetic".

Mrs Wolfe said she has an assurance the cathedral will allow an exhibition about the effects of conflict on Israeli children in a few weeks. "I still find it disappointing the cathedral has not appeared to realise it has been hijacked by a very political exhibition."

Last updated: 11:18am, August 5 2010