US Jewish artists back Israeli counterparts' Ariel protest

Vanessa Redgrave, Cynthia Nixon of "Sex and the City," playwright Tony Kushner among signatories of Jewish Voice for Peace petition.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 6, 2010 15:59
Actress Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

More than 150 film and theater artists have signed a letter of support for Israeli actors who refused to perform in the West Bank city of Ariel, a dovish US Jewish group said Monday.

The names on the letter include Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, Cynthia Nixon of "Sex and the City" and playwright Tony Kushner. It was organized by the Jewish Voice for Peace.


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A group of actors sparked a vocal debate in Israel last month when they said they would refuse to perform at a new theater in Ariel, in protest of Israel's "occupation" of the West Bank.

The actors' boycott drew support from a group of 150 Israeli academics and dozens of authors, including well-known writers Amos Oz and David Grossman.


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