Anti-Israel protesters fail again to disrupt Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012
Protesters screamed "Palestinians bleed too" during Shylock's speech

Protesters screamed "Palestinians bleed too" during Shylock's speech

Anti-Israel activists continued with their attempts to disrupt the Habima Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice during the company's second night at the Globe.

But security quickly removed protesters shouting and disturbing the show, and the performance went on without a break.

Men and women wielding small banners or with tape over their mouths again shouted over the actors, but were taken out by Globe officials.

During Shylock's speech, Protesters screamed "Palestinians bleed too" as they were escorted out.

The audience of the sold-out Hebrew language play included the Chief Rabbi, the Israeli ambassador to Britain and Lord Winston.

As on the first night, pro and anti-Israel activists staged rallies outside the venue. Security was tight for ticket-holders, with both police and private security guards present.

Last updated: 10:11am, May 30 2012