Londonistan Israel Independence Day celebration canceledIn her best-selling book, Londonistan: How Britain is Creating a Terror State Within, British journalist Melanie Phillips argues that multiculturalism, weak policing, cultural relativism, and what Phillips calls a 'victim culture' combined to create an ideal breeding ground for Islamic terrorists. She points to the centrality of London-based individuals and groups to many terror plots around the world, which she argues were enabled by a semi-formal "covenant of security" between Islamists and the British authorities. An example of what results from these forces took place in London on Monday when the city's Bloomsbury Theater bowed to pressure from Islamist and other anti-Zionist and canceled a Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) celebration that was to be held by the UK's Zionist Federation at the theater next week.
Initially, after the theater received complaints from anti-Israel groups, the ZF agreed to exclude an IDF entertainment troupe that had been scheduled to take part, but following further protests, the theater decided to cancel the event completely.For those who are inclined to protest, the theater's web site is here and its contact form is here. You may want to consider whether the theater's home page is an appropriate web site for viewing at work. Among the shows it currently advertises are "a stripped-down hour of nakedly funny stand-up comedy" with one Lucy Porter called the "Bare Necessities" (the picture implies that she does the show in the nude - I have no idea whether that is actually the case) and another show by the insufferable Janeane Garofolo. But no Zionists and certainly no IDF soldiers. Their theater would be considered vulgar by the London chattering classes.
A letter sent to the theater by a fringe group calling itself the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network said: "How will you monitor that IDF performers will not appear under another guise? On a matter so serious as entertaining the presence of those accused of genocide by the UN and others respected for human rights monitoring, surely you don't intend to be satisfied that the IDF's removal from the ZF's publicity is enough."
In an e-mail sent on Thursday to the protesters, the theater's director, Peter Cadley, said: "Further to my recent e-mail regarding proposed performances at the theater by an entertainment troupe associated with the Israel Defense Force, it has now been decided that, despite assurances that the troupe had been withdrawn from the line-ups, the events in question will now be canceled. Thanks again for your e-mail; I hope to welcome you to an event at the Bloomsbury Theater in the future."
The ZF called the theater's cancellation regrettable, but said that in the wake of moving the celebrations to a north London venue, it had been inundated with calls of support and requests for tickets.
"It is a sad day for Britain when ill-informed minority lobbies attempt to limit freedom of expression in a family cultural program that has had a similar format for many years," ZF Chairman Andrew Balcombe said.
Unfortunately, ZF Chairman Andrew Balcombe doesn't seem to 'get it' either. If he were really trying to make this an issue of free expression, he would never have agreed to drop the unarmed IDF soldiers (who are likely young kids and not high-ranking officers subject to arrest in England) from the program in the first place. And if he truly understood what just happened to the UK Zionist Federation he would understand that his interlocutors are not "ill-informed minority lobbies," but a well-organized, well-financed group promoting an anti-Israel agenda. In fact, those groups are probably better informed than most members of the UK Zionist Federation. And that is exactly the problem and why London and other major cities around the world are turning into Islamist strongholds: the well-intentioned among us are not well enough informed.
UPDATE 9:02 PM
Oy Va Goy has a list of some of the other events that the Bloomsbury Theater has hosted. Just in case you needed confirmation that this theater is willing to host just about anything except a pro-Israel event.