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Boycotting the Boycotters of the Ariel Cultural Center

The Ariel Cultural Center — a 530-seat auditorium for settlers in the heart of the West Bank — opened this week. Much has been written about anger among left-leaning actors, writers and directors, some of whom plan to boycott the venue.

Now, we have a boycott of the boycotters. A large stage props firm, Hayik Bamot, is refusing to work with any company that employs an actor that has refused to perform at Ariel.

Yitzchak Hayik, the company’s owner, wrote in a statement to clients, suppliers and friends “that just as artists, playwrights and actors refuse to perform before our brothers, neighbors and friends in Ariel, so do I refuse to take part in any play, production or musical that has the initiators of this boycott among its creators and participants,” according to the pro-settler site Israel National News.

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Boycotting the Boycotters of the Ariel Cultural Center

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