"Seven Jewish Children: a play for Gaza" adds another layer to the muck surrounding Operation Cast Lead and the protests it has engendered. If you think the play is about little Jewish children, about how they live and go about their lives, you would be wrong. Its title strongly signals that Churchill’s take on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will not be balanced. One only has to read it to see the anti-Semitism disguised within it as anti-Zionism.
Churchill is already on record as having said, "Israel has done lots of terrible things in the past, but what happened in Gaza seemed particularly extreme." Despite protests in London about the anti-Semitic nature of the play, it was welcomed by one reviewer with this comment: "What she [Churchill] captures, in remarkably condensed poetic form, is the transition that has overtaken Israel, to the point where security has become the pretext for indiscriminate slaughter." No mention of a decade of suicide bombings suffered by innocent Israeli civilians or thousands of missiles and rockets launched from Gaza into Israel after Israel withdrew every last Jewish resident from Gaza.
This may be theater, but it’s of the worst kind.
Stephen M. Flatow
By Richard Alley
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