BDS fail in Brighton (England)
In Brighton, England on Friday night, four attempts by BDSers to disrupt a performance of the Bat Sheva dance company failed
From today's Brighton Argus:
Double protests outside Dome over Israeli dance performance
A large group of pro-israel supporters gatecrashed a planned protest
outside the Brighton Dome last night. Pro-Palestinian campaigners had
arranged to picket the performance of controversial dance group the
Batsheva ensemble. But unknown to them, their opposite numbers had
arranged a counter-demo, outnumbering the original protest. Ann Hallam
from the Brighton Palestine Solidarity group said "We are boycotting the
group's performance because they are part of Brand Israel.
They are a
state-funded group which is sent around the world to portray Israel as a
cultured and vibrant place while ignoring the atrocities and
persecution of the Palestinians."
And 60-70 pro-Israel supporters outshouted the 40-50 strong opposed as a line of police officers watched.
The dance group was originally set for two dates but Dome bosses
pulled the second event in order to improve security. Evan Sorokin from
the Sussex Jewish Representative Council said "whatever the rights and
wrongs, politics should not interfere with art"
Well, Israel is (usually) a cultured and vibrant place. So there.
Labels: BDS, Israeli culture, United Kingdom