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A COMMENT ON BDS AND ASHTAR THEATRE FROM RAMALLAH

NOVANEWS

By Gilad Atzmon

In recent weeks we have seen a massive BDS campaign against Israeli Habima Theatre’s participation in the Shakespeare’s Festival at the Shakespeare’s Globe, London.

For days British intellectuals and celebrities argued whether it is morally ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ to invite the Israeli national Theatre to Britain. The outcome was obvious and predictable.  Habima’s London shows sold out within hours. As it happens, the futile BDS  campaign, provided Habima with the necessary public attention. At the end of the day, every reasonable thinking being would be happy to spare a few pounds and watch how the Israelis and Jews deal with The Merchant of Venice.
Richard II

However, I have also learned tonight that Ashtar Theatre from Ramallah is also participating in the same London festival. Ashtar will perform Richard II but, for some reason, no one really knows anything about it.  Pro- Palestinian BDS activists, so enthusiastic to ban the Israeli theatre company, did nothing to promote or support the Palestinian theatre. Consequently, Ashtar Theatre hardly sold any tickets for its London shows.

I guess that time is ripe to challenge BDS strategy. As much as I support BDS in principle, I am puzzled by the fact that a UK pro-Palestinian organization went out of its way to boycott an Israeli act -yet it did nothing to promote or help a Palestinian company visiting this country for the first time.

As an artist I find it stupid. Painful and even perhaps, sinister.

To read more about the the Globe Theatre BDS Scandal visit  http://www.deliberation.info

Richard II at the Globe

Palestinian Shakespeare at the Globe.

  1. Friday afternoon  4th May (2pm)
  2. Saturday night 5th May  (7pm)

Ticket and directions to the Globe Theatre London.

One Response to “A COMMENT ON BDS AND ASHTAR THEATRE FROM RAMALLAH”

  1. Hugh Jaeger says:

    On Monday 7th May I watched Ashtar perform Richard II in Oxford. The play was a sell-out success.

    Good drama should be sold as good drama, without expecting one political campaign group to make all the running to promote it. In Oxford, Creation Theatre hosted Ashtar and clearly did a good job of promoting them. If ticket sales in London were less successful, responsibility rests with the hosts/promoters there, not the BDS campaign.

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