An Israeli Defence Force song-and-dance troupe is to perform in London at a show to commemorate the founding of Israel, provoking anger among groups that campaign for the rights of Palestinians.Another blow for BDS. There is something in the air these days.
The IDF group was likened by the event organisers, the Zionist Federation, to the troupe portrayed in the 1970s BBC comedy It Ain't Half Hot Mum – but not everyone sees the funny side.
Human rights groups accused the IDF of committing war crimes during the three-week invasion of the Gaza Strip, which began in December – allegations denied by the Israeli government – and the army is the subject of a UN investigation.
"This is akin to singing and dancing on the graves of the 400 Palestinian children that the IDF was responsible for killing in January," said Chris Doyle, chair of the Council for Arab-British Understanding.
"We should not be permitting a dance troupe from an army currently under a UN investigation for possible war crimes to be coming to the United Kingdom. It is sick."
The family show, an annual event run by ZF, was due to be held at the Bloomsbury theatre in central London but was moved to a new venue, which is being kept under wraps, after the Bloomsbury pulled out last week on discovering that the IDF troupe was on the bill.
"Obviously we couldn't have them perform here," said a theatre spokeswoman. A number of groups had contacted the Bloomsbury theatre to protest about the show.
You'll notice that I've tagged this with Gaza, cast lead and war crimes together with the boycott and BDS that you would expect. That's to show what a rip-roaring success Israel's assault on Gaza was. It was a great success, for BDS.