The usual collection of British Israel bashers in the world of the arts is out and about enabling the racist BDS movement, this time railing against an invitation by Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London to invite Israel's National Theatre, Habima, to perform The Merchant of Venice at the Festival this May - Dismay at Globe invitation to Israeli theatre .
The boycotters comprise some real nasties including Caryl Churchill, a playwright best known for his seven minute antiSemitic rant "Seven Jewish Children", has beens Alexei Sayle and Emma Thompson and never was Miriam Margolyes, better known for telling fart jokes to Graham Norton.
In today's Australian (Letter from the Heart) Howard Jacobson strikes back at this hateful scourge:-
"an equally passionate counter-attack. Jacobson, winner of the 2010 Man Booker prize for his comic novel The Finkler Question, about what it means to be Jewish, said artistic critics were wrong. Writing for the Observer, below,he said: "If there is one justification for art... it is that it proceeds from, and addresses, our unaligned humanity. Whoever would go to art with a mind made up on any subject misses the point of what art is for."
Would someone please remind me if and when one of the signatories is next due to appear at the Globe (shouldn't they be boycotting it now) to write a letter to the Guardian demanding to know why the Globe is allowing antiSemites to appear on its stage?