November 10, 2010
Imagine the outcry if an organisation staged a play called Seven Muslim Children.
The play might start off with Srebrenica where 8,000 innocent Muslim men and boys were murdered by the Serbs.
It might then portray how Muslims have become so hardened by the massacre that they don’t care who they kill or cause to suffer.
It might then show how Muslims dehumanise their enemies to justify the murder of innocent children, while all the time taking solace for this from the Koran.
There would be an outcry in the media and political circles and justified cries of Islamophobia. Jewish organisations would protest against such a play.
So why is there no outcry over the continued staging of Carly Churchill’s Seven Jewish Children which portrays Jews gradually being transformed from the innocent killed into the killers of the innocent.
Why are mainstream Muslim organisations silent?
I saw this play when it was originally performed at the Royal Court theatre. The theatre was full.
It was quite unnerving sitting there as a lone Jew watching the audience heartily applaud.
The play packs virtually every single anti-Jewish trope going into its nine minutes.
It felt like a throwback to past times when Jews were a powerless minority continuously taunted by a non-Jewish majority.
But this was London, 2009.
Now not only is the Palestine Solidarity Campaign staging it on December 7th as part of its Winter Concert, it is doing so at the Polish Centre in Hammersmith, London.
It adds insult to injury to hold an anti-Jewish play that invokes the Holocaust at a Polish centre when 3,000,000 of the 6,000,000 million Jews who perished during the Holocaust died in Poland.