Protesters in Edinburgh for Israeli Batsheva show

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012
A protester burns a ticket outside the theatre

A protester burns a ticket outside the theatre

Protesters interrupted a performance by an Israeli dance troupe on three occasions at a show on Thursday evening in Edinburgh.

The Batsheva Dance Company performed "Hora" as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Two more performances are scheduled for this week.

Anti-Israel activists gathered outside the venue to protest Batsheva's presence, and a group of demonstrators managed to enter the auditorium.

According to the BBC they disrupted the dance three times but did not cause it to finish early. Up to 12 activists were ejected from the theatre after interrupting the dancers.

About 150 people protested outside the venue, brandishing signs that read "don't dance with Israeli apartheid" and burning tickets. A counter-demonstration was held by the Zionist Federation.

The Israel ambassador to Britain and Israeli minister Limor Livnat were in town to see the show.

Last updated: 11:15pm, August 30 2012