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CLARITY ON WHAT THE ARTISTS ARE SAYING ABOUT PERFORMING IN ARIEL

CLARITY ON WHAT THE ARTISTS ARE SAYING ABOUT PERFORMING IN ARIEL

By Jo-Ann Mort – September 12, 2010, 10:27AM As newspapers have reported, Israeli actors have refused to perform with their national theater companies in the new cultural center in Ariel, a West Bank settlement that juts far into the West Bank (12 kilometers from Israel’s recognized border). No one has stated the issue better than A. B. Yehoshua, the Israeli novelist, in today’s Yediot Ahranot newspaper. Here is his article, translated by the news service, Israel News Today.

No Boycott Yedioth Ahronoth (p. 24) by A.B. Yehoshua (op-ed) — “Judging by the responses that my colleagues and I have received to the manifesto by academics and artists in support of the actors’ letter, it has become evident that the word “boycott,” which came to be inserted into this whole story, is the word that has mainly elicited opposition and anger. Indeed, the word “boycott” should not have been used by either the actors or the artists who supported the actors’ refusal [to perform in Ariel]. It would perhaps be a good idea to revisit the chain of development. A new culture center was consecrated in Ariel…

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