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May 31, 2012


If boycott calls are heeded and complicit Israeli cultural entities have their international events cancelled, the message gets through to Israel that it can not carry on with “business as usual” while killing and dispossessing Palestinians, and defying their right to return.

Disruption of Israeli theater group in London, as BDS proves a win-win strategy

Submitted by Asa Winstanley

Activists unfurl a banner against Habima inside the Globe theater  (Tony Greenstein)

Israel’s national theater company performed The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe in London yesterday and Monday. But Habima’s presence was fiercely contested for months in advance, and both performances were disrupted by Palestine solidarity activists in the audience.

Around 15 activists managed to protest, mostly silently, during the Monday show. They were removed by heavy-handed security guards, apparently hired by the venue especially to protect the Israeli company.

Campaigners working as part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)…

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