An Australian theater rejected a booking from a Jewish cultural group for a series of performances, saying it did not not host groups supportive of “the colonization and occupation of Palestine.”
The Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville in Sydney responded to a request by Hillel, a Jewish organization for students and young adults, to hire the venue for a series of performances, reportedly about the Holocaust, with an email reading: “Our policy does not support colonialism/Zionism. Therefore we do not host groups that support the colonization and occupation of Palestine.”
The incident has angered the local Jewish community.
“It’s sad to see an artistic group practise outright discrimination and, worse, importing divisiveness based on conflicts taking place far from Australia. We ought to be able to get along and work with each respectfully, despite political views or differences of opinion, ” said NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff, according to The Australian.
Attempts to contact the theater to explain that Hillel was apolitical were unsuccessful, said Alhadeff.