JTA — A play opening in London about rising anti-Semitism in Britain has become the target of anti-Semites.
The play, “One Jewish Boy,” by Stephen Laughton, looks at the hatred and abuse experienced by a couple made up of a Jewish man and a mixed-race, non-Jewish woman, and its impact on their marriage. The play is scheduled to open Tuesday.
Laughton, who is Jewish, has been targeted on social media since the play was announced in September.
Among the comments, according to reports, are “Who cares about Jews? This looks shit”; “I must say I do not give a f**k. Perhaps you could write a play about Palestinian kids getting blown to pieces by Jews”; and “You’re a f**king enabler. You Jews disgust me.”
Laughton told The Guardian he had wanted to write about anti-Semitism after seeing liberal Jewish friends critical of the Israeli government’s policies become more fearful about rising tensions and overt anti-Semitic abuse.
“The play has been written from a place of tangible fear,” he said.
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Laughton told The Guardian that he is a supporter of the Labour Party and is critical of Israel over its West Bank settlements.
At the end of each performance there will be a collection for Medical Aid for Palestinians, an organization that provides health care for Palestinians injured by Israel, and Rabbis for Human Rights, an Israeli organization that focuses on settlements and human rights violations.