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US: Protestors halt Israeli Ballet performance

National Ballet Company's show in Vermont interrupted by pro-Palestinian protestors who force their way into theater

Merav Yudilovitch
Published: 02.20.10, 12:44 / Israel Culture

Pro-Palestinian groups headed by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, staged a protest rally outside an Israeli Ballet performance in the Flynn Theater in Burlington, Vermont, on Friday.

 

According to an Israel Radio report, four demonstrators eventually forced their way into the theater, waving signs saying that anyone who watched the performance was "supporting Israel's apartheid policy."

 

Company director Dan Rudolf alerted the theater's security personnel, as well as the local police, who promptly arrived at the scene and escorted the demonstrators outside.

 

The show resumed after a short intermission.

 

The Israel Ballet Company is currently touring the US as part of an official state campaign, and is scheduled to perform in Buffalo, Brookline and Washington.

 

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that several Palestinian rights groups called for a mass boycott of the shows.

 

Friday's demonstration coincides with pro-Palestinian groups' prompting of an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

 

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