Petition: Do not close east Jerusalem theater over PA links

June 25, 2013 03:00

Following a report over the shut down of a children's theater festival in east Jerusalem, people have logged on to Israeli website Atzuma to file a public petition against the move.

The petitioners protested the "harsh" decision to close the El Hakawati Palestinian national theater festival, due to be held this weekend, saying that the festival planned to bring joy to the lives of children, many of whom live below the poverty line. The decision is reportedly based on the links between the festival and the Palestinian Authority, a claim disputed by the theater directer. The petition states the decision "exposes the hypocrisy that characterizes the Israeli government's statements about its willingness to enter into negotiations with the Palestinian Authority."

The petition demanded the government "immediately open the theater and allow the continuation of the children's festival and all the other activities."

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