Early Saturday evening a small group of pro-Israel activists stood outside Arts Depot in Finchley, north London handing out leaflets to people going into see Miriam Margolyes’ show Dickens’ Women.
The activists explained to them that Margolyes had signed a letter to The Guardian that asked The Globe to withdraw its invitation to Habima (The National Theatre of Israel) to give two performances of The Merchant of Venice as one of its 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 languages season.
The letter was silent on performances to be given by theatre companies from China, Russia, The Palestinian territories, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Turkey etc. despite human rights atrocities in those places.
Only Israel was the subject of the letter on the ground that Habima had performed in a settlement and the letter ignorantly claimed that settlements are illegal. The letter concluded “We ask the Globe to withdraw the invitation so that the festival is not complicit with human rights violations and the illegal colonisation of occupied land.”
As it happens Habima went ahead with their shows in front of sold-out audiences on both nights in sharp contrast to the two shows given by the Palestinian theatre company who found that those who claim to be their friends aren’t.
The pro-Israel activists handed out over 100 leaflets outside Arts Depot. Most theatre-goers were happy to receive a leaflet and many came out to ask for one. Most didn’t know about Margolyes shameful politics of calling for boycotts of fellow actors and they agreed that she was wrong.
But some theatre-goers were, nevertheless, over-protective of Margolyes like the man in this clip who went for Jonathan Hoffman:
Margolyes is on a world tour so feel free to peacefully inform theatre-goers about her vile politics. Margolyes should count herself lucky that no one ever targeted her for a boycott over Britain’s involvement in Iraq.
Click here for the rest of her schedule in the UK and America.
I understand there will be another peaceful gathering outside Arts Depot on Sunday 24th June at 1.30pm for Margolyes’ 2.30pm performance. Please join.
Margolyes was fresh from Friday night’s appearance on The Graham Norton show on the BBC when she turned to Will.i.am and said that she was “fascinated” to meet him because he’s black!
Here it is, folks. Get ready to cringe:
ISRAELLYCOOL has blogged the protest under the headline “The Zionist Empire Strikes Back”.