UK’s powerful pro-Israel lobby groups have condemned staging of play My Name Is Rachel Corrie (watch below) based on the life of American Christian peace activist Rachel Corrie who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while protesting against Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes in 2003.
The play will be performed at the Young Vic Theatre in London from September 29 to October 3, 2017.
September 29 happens to be Talmudic Holy night of Kol Nidrei aka Day of Atonement when Jews pray at synagogues seeking G-d’s forgiveness for breaking their vows to non-Jews loyalty towars their country.
Britain’s pro-Israel Jew leaders have called upon Home secretary Amber Rudd who gave £13.4 million last year to protect private Jewish schools from anti-Israel Brits, to stop funding the Young Vic theatre while calling the play unapologetically anti-Israel and described it as a polemic, with one questioning why an organisation receiving public funding was not offering a balanced perspective. The Young Vic theatre received £1.7 million from Art Council England last year.
Marie van der Zyl, vice president of the country’s powerful Jewish Lobby, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, accused the theatre of a lack of balance.
Paul Charney, chairman of the British Zionist Federation, accused Young Vic of promoting a revival of a play that only aims to drive a wedge between Israeli and Palestinian peoples and their supporters.
Ironically, David Lan, Young Vic’s artistic director of is a ‘self-hating Jew’. He told the whining Israeli trolls: “Gaza is a wound to the planet from which so many people are suffering. We welcome and hope to encourage a wide discussion of the terrible situation in Gaza Strip. Any thing that keep Gaza at the front of our conscience is to be valued.”
The play, produced in 2005, is a brainchild of renowned British actor and director Alan Rickman (died 2016) and Katharine Viner (Jewish), the current editor of British daily Guardian. Rickman was kicked out of his tribe over making the play. The play was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in April 2005.
In 2006, James C. Nicola, the artistic director of the New York Theater Workshop revoked his earlier plan to run the play under pressure from Jewish lobbying groups.