British director Ken Loach participates in a media conference prior to receiving an honorary degree from the Brussels ULB university in Brussels Thursday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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The Brussels ULB university honored British director Ken Loach with a special doctorate 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. Brussels' francophone university said it had checked the allegations against Loach and found no objections strong enough to deny him the doctorate.Loach has twice won the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.Loach urged Michel to retract his comments.
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