UK: Truth under siege from Artists for Palestine

Hypocrisy took the center stage inside and outside a theater in London in May 2015. A number of British theatrical people, actors, writers and directors, calling themselves Artists for Palestine, condemned those individuals who had protested against the performance of the Palestinian play The Siege.

The play, produced by the Freedom Theater Company, based in Jenin in the West Bank, had its premiere in Manchester, then opened in the Battersea Arts Center in London, playing to sold out audiences, and then made a tour of British cities.

The Palestinians were not without resources. The British Arts Council, in reality British tax-payers, contributed £14,000 for the UK tour. The tour of Freedom Theater was supported by the FT UK Friends, which provided financial help from the British Shalom Salaam Trust, an arm of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, run by Zoe Lafferty, British co-director of the play, well known for her support of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Lafferty has remarked that the aim was to present the truth of what was happening on the ground…