a letter that appeared in the Guardian. It deplored The Globe's invitation to Israel's National Theatre, Habima, to perform The Merchant of Venice at an international festival in May:
Hat tip: reader Shirlee
'The general manager of Habima has declared the invitation "an honourable accomplishment for the State of Israel". But Habima has a shameful record of involvement with illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory. Last year, two large Israeli settlements established "halls of culture" and asked Israeli theatre groups to perform there. A number of Israeli theatre professionals – actors, stage directors, playwrights – declared they would not take part.
Habima, however, accepted the invitation with alacrity, and promised the Israeli minister of culture that it would "deal with any problems hindering such performances". ...
We ask the Globe to withdraw the invitation so that the festival is not complicit with human rights violations and the illegal colonisation of occupied land.'Eli E. Hertz, who runs a most valuable resource site about the Middle East, has written an interesting open letter in response. Access it here
Hat tip: reader Shirlee
I'd be less polite than Eli Hertz. Much less.ReplyDelete
One response to boycotts is tally up all the intellectual property these institutions licence from Israeli academic and commercial sources and increase the fees by a factor of 100. That way, they're still free to be hypocrites but they have to pay for the privilege. If UK universities for instance want to boycott Israeli academics, feel free, or not. But if they want to use any of the work product of those institutions it will cost them. Or they can licence Arab technology such as it is. This is much harder to do with consumer grade goods and services like medicine, phones and computers but, at the least Israel needs to highlight this and play the boycotters game with the boycotters rules and advertise quite publicly all the benefits they SHOULD boycott as a result of it having origins with Israel. In fact I would demand it. I would send Israeli emissaries to the BDS community exhorting them to boycott and abandon all these 'tainted' things. And I would heavily publicize it. I am sure Emma Thompson can get a smartphone with 100% Arab technology inside. And then she can hold it up as a shining example.ReplyDelete