- Published on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:00
A protest was held by the Boycott Israel Network, disrupting Israel's Habima Theatre's performance of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice at The Globe Theatre, London.
The protesters waved banners and Palestinian flags in the auditorium alongside holding a protest outside the Globe, leading to the arrest of one man and two protesters removed from the theater.
The coordinator for the Boycott Israel Network Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi commented "This campaign is not an attack on individual artists, we are not censoring the content of their work nor are we concerned about their ethnicity or the language they speak... As with South African sport in the apartheid era, this is about refusing to allow culture to be used to whitewash oppression."
Israel's Habima Theater staged the play as part of the Globe to Globe festival in London, where 37 plays are being performed in 37 languages by theater companies around the globe.
However Habima Theater continues to stage plays in settlements in the West Bank, Palestine which remains illegal under international law.