Should the kids be told that â€œ..they want to drive us into the sea.â€ or that â€œâ€¦they don’t.â€ Should they be told that Israel is an â€œâ€¦iron fist,â€ or that errors happen in the â€œâ€¦fog of war,â€ or that â€œâ€¦we won’t stop killing them till we’re safe.â€ In one scene, a character says, â€œTell her there are still people who hate Jews.,â€ Another says, â€œTell her there are people who love Jews,â€ and a third says, â€œDon’t tell her to think Jews or not Jews.â€ In a final scene it is said, â€œâ€¦Tell her I laughed when I saw the dead policeman, tell her I wouldn’t care if we wiped them out, the world would hate us is the only thing, tell her I don’t care if the world hates us, tell her we’re better haters, tell her we’re chosen people, tell her I look at one of their children covered in blood and what do I feel? Tell her all I feel is happy it’s not her.â€The show, as many dramas are supposed to do, is creating a debate in London. Is it anti-Zionist? Is it anti-Jewish? Is it hubris? Is it dramatic propaganda? Are Israelis being demonized on the London stage instead of just in British universities? Should the play’s author, knowing full well that most Israelis do not call themselves the â€œchosen peopleâ€ or teach kids to hate, put outrageous lines in their mouths? Is that responsible? The play’s author, a Patron of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, is allowing the work to be performed for free, as long as admission is free, and as long as audience members make donations to the Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP): Emergency Appeal for the People of Gaza.
I for one will stick to the more enlightened London shows and characters: Shylock in â€œThe Merchant of Venice,â€ and Fagin in â€œOliver.â€
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