With Mideast peace talks right around the corner, the last thing Israel wants is the extension of an economic and cultural boycott — especially one carried out, in part, by its own citizens.
In a signed letter sent to four major theater companies last week, over 50 Israeli actors and playwrights protested a decision to stage a series of performances in a new cultural center in Ariel, a West Bank settlement. Their position was seconded on Monday by another letter, signed by 150 Israeli authors and academics including A.B. Yehoshua, David Grossman and Amos Oz.
“We wish to express our disgust,” the artists wrote. “The actors among us hereby declare that we will refuse to perform in Ariel, as well as in any other settlement. We urge the board to hold their activity within the sovereign borders of the State of Israel within the Green Line.”