File – In this Aug. 29, 2010. file photo, Israeli children walk past the theater in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel. A trio of Israeli stage actors is refusing to perform in an acclaimed play before a theater in a West Bank Jewish settlement of Arial, part of a burgeoning domestic movement against the government’s settlement policies. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
JERUSALEM (AP) — A trio of Israeli stage actors is refusing to perform in an acclaimed play before a theater in a West Bank Jewish settlement, part of a burgeoning domestic movement against the government’s settlement policies.
The protest mirrors a global movement against the settlements that has put Israel’s government in an increasingly difficult situation as the current round of peace talks with the Palestinians continues.
The international community, including the U.S., has long considered Israeli construction of homes for Jews in the West Bank, captured territory claimed by the Palestinians, as an obstacle to peace.
This sentiment, long held also by Israel’s dovish left, now appears to be gaining steam at home following a string of harsh global condemnations of settlement construction in recent months. Some on Israel’s left fear the scale of the settlements soon will pass the tipping point where a pullout may become too difficult, and Israel will be forced to essentially absorb the West Bank and its millions of Palestinians.
In a joint statement, the Cameri and Beit Lessin theaters said that three cast members in their production of “Best Friends” had asked to be excused from performing at the cultural center in Login to read more