'Toronto city-funded theater shouldn't stage anti-Semitic play'

May 10, 2009 14:33
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B'nai Brith Canada has contacted Toronto Mayor David Miller to ask that he use his authority to ensure that the city-funded Theatre Passe Muraille does not become a staging ground for the drama, "Seven Jewish Children." The Jewish human rights organization has characterized the play as "blatantly propagandist" and "aimed at de-legitimizing not only Israel, but its Jewish supporters worldwide." Seven Jewish Children is scheduled to run from May 15 ­to May 17th. "The City of Toronto should not allow a venue that it funds to be the staging ground for a divisive play that promotes anti-Jewish hatred," said B'nai Brith Canada's Executive Vice President Frank Dimant. "As its name denotes, 'ŒSeven Jewish Children' does not even pretend to target Israel exclusively. It is clearly aimed at maligning Jews, depicting them as oppressors of Palestinians, blood-thirsty aggressors and child killers. It disturbingly inverts history, using Holocaust imagery to allege that the Jews, once the victims, are actively teaching their own children callous disregard for the suffering of others. "We call on Mayor Miller to ensure that our tax dollars are not inadvertently being used for the promotion of a play whose thrust is anti-Semitic. It is unthinkable that the City would allow this communal theater to be used as a venue for promoting hatred and discord amongst its citizens, as this play threatens to do," he said.

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