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Pro-Palestinian protest Photo: Rona Zinman
Pro-Palestinian protest Photo: Rona Zinman
 
 

Palestinians disrupt Habima performance in London

Pro-Palestinians demonstrating against national company's performances in the West Bank, disrupt showing of The Merchant of Venice at London's Globe Theater

Rona Zinman
Published: 05.28.12, 23:08 / Israel Culture

The show must go on: Pro-Palestinian protestors disrupted the performance of the Habima National Theater Company's The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theater in London on Monday, but the actors proved they were true professionals – carrying on with the show.

 

During the performance, a new Hebrew production of the Merchant of Venice which is part of the "Globe to Globe" festival, some 10 Palestinian demonstrators in the audience suddenly began waving Palestinian flags and signs against Israel.

 


ההפגנה מחוץ לתיאטרון (צילום: רונה זינמן) 

The pro-Israel protest - culture, not boycotts (Photo: Rona Zinman)

 

Security personnel removed them from the theater. Later on, another group stood up with band-aids plastered to their mouths.

 

The protests began outside the theater with dozens standing with Palestinian flags and signs calling for an end to the "Israeli Apartheid regime" as well as for a boycott on Israeli products.

 

The Pro-Palestinians were demonstrating against the Habima performance over the fact that Israel's national theater company previously performed in the West Bank.

 

Meanwhile, pro-Israeli demonstrators also gathered outside the theater waving Israeli flags with signs that read: Culture unites, Boycotts divide. They also expressed their support for the Israeli actors.

 

 

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