Shalom Life | July 23, 2014

American Screen, Stage Artists Support West Bank Boycott

150 artists have joined Jewish Voice for Peace in supporting boycott of new cultural centre in Ariel.

By: Miriam Cross

Published: September 7th, 2010 in Culture » Film » News

American Screen, Stage Artists Support West Bank Boycott

As we reported in August, nearly 60 Israeli theatre professionals signed a petition to boycott a new cultural centre in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Now, 150 American and British actors, writers and directors are pledging their support for the boycott with a letter created by Jewish Voice for Peace, a peace-activist organization in the U.S.

Calling the Israelis’ decision “courageous” and “wonderful,” and stating “It's thrilling to think that these Israeli theatre artists have refused to allow their work to be used to normalize a cruel occupation,” the letter includes signatures by Jewish celebrities such as Ed Asner, Theodore Bikel, Tony Kushner and Mandy Patinkin.

Other supporters include Julianne Moore, Cynthia Nixon, Vanessa Redgrave, Eve Ensler, Harold Prince, James Bundy (dean of the Yale School of Drama) and many more. At least 150 Israelis academics and writers, including Amos Oz and David Grossman, have also announced support for the boycott.

In its mission statement, Jewish Voice for Peace claims to “[oppose] anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression” and seeks “an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.”

Their letter follows statements by Benjamin Netanyahu and others condemning the boycott initiative.

“The State of Israel is under an attack of delegitimization by elements in the international community…. The last thing we need at this time is to be under such an attack – I mean this attempt at a boycott – from within,” said Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting in late August.

Jewish Hall Of Fame: Neil Diamond Jewish Hall Of Fame: Neil Diamond TrendingAn Exclusive Interview with Hipster Hijabis An Exclusive Interview with Hipster Hijabis TrendingShalom, Mauritius: A Jewish Culture Guide Shalom, Mauritius: A Jewish Culture Guide Trending
 

Shaw Festival Review: THE SEA

July 23, 2014 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: THE SEA

The Sea is a well acted, interesting play that at times tries too hard to make a point we know all too well.

Read More

Billy Joel To Be Honored With Gershwin Prize By Library Of Congress

July 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Billy Joel To Be Honored With Gershwin Prize By Library Of Congress

The 'Piano Man' will receive the prize in Washington this November.

Read More

Jon Stewart Launches $10 Billion Kickstarter Page to Buy CNN

July 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Jon Stewart Launches $10 Billion Kickstarter Page to Buy CNN

'The Daily Show' host isn't sure what he'll do with the network once it's purchased.

Read More

Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Gets First Trailer [VIDEO]

July 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Gets First Trailer [VIDEO]

Dan Gilroy's debut film will premiere at TIFF in September

Read More

Jewish Hall Of Fame: Neil Diamond

July 23, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jewish Hall Of Fame: Neil Diamond

The Grammy-award winning singer is the third most successful adult contemporary artist on the Billboard charts behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John

Read More

James Franco’s ‘Of Mice And Men’ Is Coming To a Theatre Near You

July 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
James Franco’s ‘Of Mice And Men’ Is Coming To a Theatre Near You

The popular Broadway production is set to be filmed for a wider audience

Read More

Jon Stewart Parodies His Critics for Calling Him “Pro-Hamas” [VIDEO]

July 23, 2014 | By Peter Herriman
Jon Stewart Parodies His Critics for Calling Him “Pro-Hamas” [VIDEO]

Stewart has been in political hot water since last week's show where he called out Israel for how its handling the crisis in Gaza

Read More

Belgian Café Posts "No Jews Allowed" Sign

July 23, 2014 | By Peter Herriman & Daniel Koren
Belgian Café Posts "No Jews Allowed" Sign

The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism has since filed a complaint against the parties responsible

Read More

More Headlines