(For Zion)Next time Habima Theater will be overcrowded by Israelis running for an underground bomb shelter, our horrible celebrities will remain silent, enjoying the prime time Jewish bloodbath. In Israel, no Hollywood happy ending is allowed. There are only images of hatred and the soundtrack of anti-Semitism.(Details)
Why came I hither but to that intent?
Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
Have I not in my time heard lions roar?
Have I not heard the sea puff’d up with winds
Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat?
Have I not heard great ordnance in the field,
And heaven’s artillery thunder in the skies?
Have I not in a pitched battle heard
Loud ‘larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets’ clang?
And do you tell me of a woman’s tongue,
That gives not half so great a blow to hear
As will a chestnut in a farmer’s fire?
Tush, tush! fear boys with bugs.
Two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson is among three dozen actors, directors and writers protesting the inclusion of an Israeli theater company at an upcoming Shakespeare festival in England. Recent Tony winner Mark Rylance and seven-time Oscar nominee Mike Leigh are among the other artists who signed a letter expressing “dismay and regret” that Tel Aviv’s Habimah theater will be participating in Globe to Globe, a six-week festival taking place at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
“Habima [sic] has a shameful record of involvement with illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory,” says the letter, published March 29 in England’s Guardian newspaper. The document notes that unlike other members of Israel’s theater community, Habimah did not participate in a boycott of a controversial cultural center that opened in Ariel, a West Bank settlement, in 2010. “By inviting Habima, Shakespeare’s Globe is undermining the conscientious Israeli actors and playwrights who have refused to break international law,” the letter says.
Signed by more than three dozen English artists, the letter declares that signatories have “no problem” with Globe to Globe’s desire to include Hebrew in the festival, which will showcase the Bard’s 37 plays in 37 languages. “But by inviting Habima, the Globe is associating itself with policies of exclusion practised by the Israeli state and endorsed by its national theatre company,” the letter states. “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.”
Other companies participating in the festival include the National Theatre of China, which will perform “Richard III” in Mandarin,” and the Ashtar Theatre, a Palestinian company that will perform “Richard II” in Arabic.
Habimah is currently scheduled to perform “The Merchant of Venice” at the festival twice in late May.
Here’s the letter in its entirety:
We notice with dismay and regret that Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London has invited Israel’s National Theatre, Habima, to perform The Merchant of Venice in its Globe to Globe festival this coming May. The general manager of Habima has declared the invitation “an honourable accomplishment for the State of Israel”. But Habima has a shameful record of involvement with illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory. Last year, two large Israeli settlements established “halls of culture” and asked Israeli theatre groups to perform there. A number of Israeli theatre professionals – actors, stage directors, playwrights – declared they would not take part.
Habima, however, accepted the invitation with alacrity, and promised the Israeli minister of culture that it would “deal with any problems hindering such performances”. By inviting Habima, Shakespeare’s Globe is undermining the conscientious Israeli actors and playwrights who have refused to break international law.
The Globe says it wants to “include” the Hebrew language in its festival – we have no problem with that. “Inclusiveness” is a core value of arts policy in Britain, and we support it. But by inviting Habima, the Globe is associating itself with policies of exclusion practised by the Israeli state and endorsed by its national theatre company. 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.
David Aukin producer
Poppy Burton-Morgan artistic director, Metta Theatre
Leo Butler playwright
Niall Buggy actor
David Calder actor
Jonathan Chadwick director
Caryl Churchill playwright
Michael Darlow writer, director
John Graham Davies actor, writer
Trevor Griffiths playwright
Annie Firbank actor
Paul Freeman actor
Matyelok Gibbs actor
Tony Graham director
Janet Henfrey actor
James Ivens artistic director, Flood Theatre
Andrew Jarvis actor, director, teacher
Neville Jason actor
Ursula Jones actor
Professor Adah Kay academic, playwright
Mike Leigh film-maker, dramatist
Sonja Linden playwright, iceandfire theatre
Roger Lloyd Pack actor
Cherie Lunghi actor
Miriam Margolyes actor
Kika Markham actor
Jonathan Miller director, author and broadcaster
Frances Rifkin director
Mark Rylance actor
Farhana Sheikh writer
Emma Thompson actor, screenwriter
Andy de la Tour actor, director
Harriet Walter actor
Hilary Westlake director
Richard Wilson actor, director
Susan Wooldridge actor, writer
I guess Thompson has been hanging out with Vanessa Redgrave a bit too much. Looking at the schedule of Globe to Globe, it looks like participants include companies from the palestinian territories and Turkey, whose treatment of others is nothing short of disgraceful.(MORE)
Israel feels like Caliban in the Tempest right about now.
|I suppose you wonder why this is the image I used.
The crappy version of Star Trek called “Voyager” is
where the actress from Slumdog Millionaire started.
The Indian actress who starred in “Slumdog Millionaire” has moved from the slums of Mumbai to the squalid refugee camps of the West Bank in a new film: the story of a defiant Palestinian girl who wants to fight against Israel in a coming of age story with a Mideast twists.
“Miral” is directed by award-winning artist Julian Schnabel and has cameos by Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave.
Julian Schnabel has never made a decent film. His art is crap… it is why he gave it up. need I say anything about Vanessa Redgrave and her history? as for William Dafoe… I guess he didn’t have a second rate villain to pay the rent this month. I warned a lot of friends that Hollywood was going to try to create a Palestine Schindler’s List and sadly too many idiots were listening to Rick Sanchez and his B.S. about Jews controlling the media. We are in for a rude awakening. Islam will make it’s media… because it sells.
I do not deny I slept well last year the night I heard about the tragedy in the Vanessa Redgrave family concerning Natasha Richardson who never spoke out against her mother’s words, but when I woke up in the morning and realized people were sad it didn’t make me feel better. perhaps there is no satisfaction from stupidity. the greatest injustice is that these people are so annoying that they lead my mind to such thoughts. Perhaps sometimes silence and shaking your head is the best response… or you could blog.
On Oct. 12, the New York Times reported that Code Pink would stick to its position of calling for troop withdrawal. Even when the shrillest “antiwar” pseudo-feminists are caught in a direct confrontation with facts exposing the moral bankruptcy of their demands, they recoil from the duty of solidarity with Afghan women in struggle.
If western feminists who have staked out a “troops out” position remembered to ask Afghan women their views, they would find that rather than bristling at “masculine militarization,” “cultural imperialism,” or any other in-vogue sin found on the placards waved at rallies, many Afghan women are haunted by the memory of the Taliban’s public stoning to death of women. They recall what life was like when you couldn’t leave your home alone, when you could not speak aloud in the streets because your voice was deemed inhuman, subservient, inherently impure. It was not the West’s interference that led to their collective misery, but the lack of it.
Afghan women might also tell you about the intensely empowering experience of watching 1,500 women gathered in Kabul’s Loya Jirga tent in the historic “5 Million Women Campaign” where they mobilized to go out and vote. They might tell you about the exhilaration of watching women take their seats in parliament in 2005. They might tell you about the courage of the hundreds of women who protested the discriminatory Shia Personal Status Law that a fundamentalist mullah sought to push through parliament.via www2.canada.com
“We hope this means Code Pink will rethink what we see as a damaging position out of sync with the peace building and development priorities voiced by ordinary Afghans. But why did it take Code Pink so long to ask Afghan women what they think?”
Socialist Unity advertises Respect leader Salma Yaqoob’s appearance on the BBC’s Question Time as the sole antiwar voice in a discussion on Afghanistan.
I started this post to defend Imus and then realized that he was REALLY WRONG… and yet in the growth of the post I found how uncomfortable my own head was… Thank God no one actually looking here or I would of gone down like Imus and Rosie… We need to be a whole lot more forgiving of creatives in the electronic age where any creative whim an artist says can travel in the airwaves. Seriously we are all guilty of thoughts that are not kosher. Objectivity leads us down some nasty hallways. and there is nothing wrong with looking around… in fact it is healthy. What isn’t healthy is a P.C. world that can’t forgive. I’m not a Christian, but my favorite Jesus saying is… “Let he who cast the first stone”. You get what I am saying. I sincerely doubt Rosie and Imus and Kramer from Seinfeld are bad people. I find Mel Gibson to be a more dangerous type because he fought it for several years… or Vanessa Redgrave or Marlon Brando who had their ego caught up in hatred. Better for it to air out early… the shit below is me rambling myself… so here goes my Negroes.
Flying out there in outer space comes Jimmy the Greek…. And he says, “see I told you so… and you let O.J. Simpson laugh at me… Them Negroes really is genetically altered… The Hebrews were thrown in ovens like Dominos Pizza… Sure as hell couldn’t do that during Roman times. Later after 2000 years of Christianity the Kikes went from warriors to neurotic wimps on a conveyor belt …and it took only one generation to kick your Palestinian Nazi Ass. Now we know what Jimmy Carter is really pissed off about… Them Jews were creating socialist literature till that Atom bomb… …(Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!) …that faggot deserves a government supervised position to keep him from molesting young boys in church and on camping trips with a Buddhist activity group… but all they want is official marriage with benefits? Give them a position that is government endorsed… an official fairy council that will decorate and dress the citizens… Queer Eye for your Silly P.C. Denial.
Don Imus and Kramer can kiss your Nappy Action Jackson Ass…, but names will never hurt me. When you meet me for my press conference apology, make sure you wear you seatbelt in your sports utility vehicle.” Hey was that Governor Corzine or was that another Mel Gibson movie?
The thing I don’t understand is why go to Al Sharpton at all… couldn’t Don Imus find a better “Nappy” to apologize to? Why… because Imus thought he could weasel his way out of this by finding a bigger idiot then himself. The Kansas City Shuffle… they look right, you go left… hell it worked for Rudy Guliani (nobody will notice that I’m a complete asshole because you will be arguing if I’m a racist or not while I pick on marijuana smokers and subway toll jumpers)