No Censorship at Theater J

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A small yet vocal group seems to be holding the artistic and ethical sensibilities of the Jewish community of Washington, D.C. hostage, leading Theater J to scale back its planned production of ‘The Admission’ by Motti Lerner.

Theater, like all arts, is meant to create dialogue as well as delight, foster intellectual discourse for new and challenging ideas, and to bring community together over important social issues through creativity and openness. In other words theater is meant to enlarge us, not constrain us.

The small group, COPMA (Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art), is advocating censorship. In its small-minded way it has decided that Jewish communal funding mechanisms should not fund plays they feel de-legitimates Israel. As a result they started a witchhunt to force the local Jewish federation to withdraw funding from Theater J’s, home at a Jewish community center.

This is McCarthyism, pure and simple.

Read more at The Forward

An image from ‘Return to Haifa,’ which critics claim took an anti-Israel approach. Credit: Stan Barouh / The Forward

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