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Saturday night activists in Amsterdam pulled off a fantastic action at an Israeli whitewashing event promoted as “Israel=Culture” the first Israeli theatre mini-festival in Amsterdam, “three days of presenting the rich and vibrant theatre culture of Israel.”

Spot On theater’s production stars Lia Koenig, the “first lady of Israeli theatre”, and the event is dubbed as a “starting point of exchange of ideas and collaboration between Dutch and Israeli theater makers, that will grow from year to year.”

Dutch activists managed to enter the event after purchasing tickets. They videoed themselves prior to, and after the loud action, on their departure yelling “BOYCOTT ISRAEL”.  As the video explains they were “knocked down by security and audience so we couldn’t film ourselves” during the action. The video does show the arrest of one of their team, Abulkasim Al-Jaberi. In total 9 people were arrested, however 8 have since been released. Al-Jaberi remains in custody.

Someone inside the threatre recorded their protest (video below). Very loud and very effective.

For folks doubting the whitewash-element, just read the text on their Facebook page: “Be there to support Israel and the positive ideas it represents. We celebrate life, humanity, creativity”, alongside a photo of Koenig, the iconic Israeli actress.

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FaceBook promotional Israeli apartheid whitewashing event in Amsterdam (Graphic: Spot On)

Quoting a contact in Amsterdam:

We’re making this into a big thing, also targeting the cultural institution that sponsored the event: the Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds [Cultural Fund]. Yesterday the fund reacted on criticism by stating their decision has nothing to do with politics. A classic. They’ve obviously missed out on the Facebook-page of the event and the other sponsors: the Israeli Embassy and El Al. We’ll make sure this will never happen again.

Here’s the action inside the event:

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  1. a blah chick on September 15, 2014, 10:04 am

    “Be there to support Israel and the positive ideas it represents. We celebrate life, humanity, creativity” To say such things after the slaughter in Gaza is simply depraved.

    BTW did they bring along some token Arabs to make it all look good?

  2. Shmuel on September 15, 2014, 10:25 am

    We celebrate life, humanity, creativity … The rest is collateral damage.

    And as long as we’re on the subject of theatre, what an appropriate title for a culture-wash: Spot On

    Doctor
    You see, her eyes are open.

    Gentlewoman
    Ay, but their sense is shut.

    Doctor
    What is it she does now? Look, how she rubs
    her hands.

    Gentlewoman
    It is an accustomed action with her, to seem thus
    washing her hands. I have known her continue in
    this a quarter of an hour.

    LADY MACBETH
    Yet here’s a spot.

    Doctor
    Hark! she speaks. I will set down what comes
    from her, to satisfy my remembrance the more
    strongly.

    LADY MACBETH
    Out, damned spot! out, I say!—One: two: why,
    then, ’tis time to do’t.—Hell is murky!—Fie, my
    lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
    fear who knows it, when none can call our power
    to account?—Yet who would have thought the old
    man to have had so much blood in him?

    Macbeth, Act V, Scene 1

  3. Helena Cobban on September 15, 2014, 11:06 am

    Nice one Shmuel! “Is this a dagger I see before me… ?”

    One thing that struck me was how much the photo on the poster resembles Hillary Clinton. *Not* exactly a come-on for most potential theater-goers, I imagine?

    • Shmuel on September 15, 2014, 12:47 pm

      Something tells me the people who brought you “the most moral army in the world” don’t do irony very well, but maybe the Dutch activists could put on some ad hoc Macbeth with appropriate leafleting outside the theatre.

    • Susie Kneedler on September 15, 2014, 6:23 pm

      Fab, Shmuel and Helena. How ’bout:
      “Lady Macbeth. Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh! oh! oh!

      “Doctor. What a sigh is there! The heart is sorely charged.

      “Gentlewoman. I would not have such a heart in my bosom for the dignity of the whole body.”
      http://www.bartleby.com/70/4151.html

      And, so, many now Break the Silence.

      Annie, Thanks again. How much you’ve given us recently: Bril, even for you *).

  4. amigo on September 15, 2014, 3:35 pm

    It is good to send a message to anyone thinking they are are immune from such actions.

    Keeping them on tender hooks no matter how/where, or when (we know the why) they plan to make Israel look normal.

    “Boycott Israel” ringing in their ears for as long as it takes to end the sham act , that is Israel.

    Well done these Dutch activists.

  5. Gene Shae on September 15, 2014, 3:49 pm

    Author: If I read the title of the article, I am lead to believe that the purpose of the Israeli activity was solely to trick people into thinking the occupation is not as bad as it is. So, if there was no occupation there would be no performance. I don’t agree with that. Similarly, I do not believe that gay culture thrives in Israel only to counter balance the way Palestinians are treated in the OT. I just dont

    • amigo on September 15, 2014, 6:10 pm

      “Author: If I read the title of the article, I am lead to believe that the purpose of the Israeli activity was solely to trick people into thinking the occupation is not as bad as it is. So, if there was no occupation there would be no performance. ” Gene shae

      What,s your point.

      Israelis are in someone else’s country trying to look normal , intentional or not , they are targets for derision and boycott until the nation they represent ends the occupation and gets out of Palestine.

      So , if there was no occupation , there would be no need to boycott the performance.

      Why do you apologists always get the horse before the cart.

      Pathetic.

    • Dutch on September 15, 2014, 6:32 pm

      People believe all kind of stuff. Lia Koenig said she could handle the activists’ move as she ‘just came from a war’. She meant the ‘war’ against the Palestinians in Gaza. And she sincerely believes she was actually part of that war, facing danger. Koenig is the perfect instrument in the Israeli whitewashing program. That’s why she was there – the poor woman.

      As for your point. You call it a trick, but it’s actually a strategy, a campaign. It even has a name: Brand Israel. Its goal is to sell the country as a place where human values prevail and people can celebrate life, while in reality millions suffer. It’s that simple, and the article, including its heading, is a perfect registration of how this works.

      In the same way the gay scene is being advertised as a token of Israeli humanity, etc. Same purpose – a facade of human values meant to pinkwash Israels crimes. No more, no less. And no further ‘Wörtspielerei’ needed.

  6. jon s on September 16, 2014, 5:00 am

    The wonderful, 85 year-old ,Lia Koenig reacted to the bds goons with remarkable dignity and even humor.
    Thugs will be thugs.

  7. Palikari on September 16, 2014, 8:30 am

    You have no right to disrupt any event. Would you like anti-Israel events to be disrupted by Zionist activists?

    You claim to support freedom, but you’re not tolerant and don’t respect freedom of speech.

    • a blah chick on September 16, 2014, 8:58 am

      This event was sponsored by the ISRAELI government. They sponsor these events to whitewash their crimes and policies.

      You talk about freedom but where is the freedom for Palestinians? Even in Israel they are being arrested in record numbers for criticizing their government. Jewish youths are roaming the streets beating people up and NO ONE in Jewish leadership around the world is doing a thing about it. People are being displaced in the Negev in the name of the Jewish people, Gaza had the s*** bombed out of it but the thing that upsets you is that some people gave Ms. Koenig something to chat about over cocktails when she gets home.

      Is there ANY humanity in Zionism?

      • amigo on September 16, 2014, 1:23 pm

        “Is there ANY humanity in Zionism?” ABC

        Zionism and Humanity are a contradiction in terms.

        That is why it must be destroyed.

    • Kay24 on September 16, 2014, 11:49 am

      Here is how the Israeli government allows freedom of speech and tolerates criticism.

      “e Break Up Peaceful Anti-War Protest In Tel Aviv, Arrest 14
      By Shmarya Rosenberg

      A few hundred anti-war protesters in Habima Square in Tel Aviv refused to leave after the police declared the protest an illegal gathering.

      And even though the protesters were peaceful, and even though almost no right-wing protesters and street thugs showed up to attack them, police arrested 14 anti-war protesters, causing the protest to scatter to several other nearby locations, Ha’aretz reported. Police claimed they broke up the rally because it lacked a permit and out of “concern” for the safety of the protesters.

      The anti-war protesters protested both continued Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip and the resulting civilian casualties that ensues, as well as Hamas attacks against Israel.

      Protesters were pushed backward by rows of police until they were forced back to a nearby street.

      The protesters refused to move further.

      Police warned them several times that the gathering was illegal.

      And when protesters refused to leave, police started making arrests.

      Israeli Police aren’t the only ones who want to shut public protests, gangs of Israel ultra-nationalist thugs have repeatedly attacked anti-war protests over the last month making public dissent against the government dangerous for Israelis to express beliefs that are contrary to Israel’s pro-war majority.”

      From an article on Daily Kos.

      You should be outraged.

    • kma on September 16, 2014, 1:37 pm

      “Would you like anti-Israel events to be disrupted by Zionist activists?”

      you mean the ones who are trying to shut down BDS on campuses all over the entire US?
      or the ones targeting politicians for removal when they oppose the ethnic cleansing?
      or do you mean the ones who take our candidates and politicians (and students) on junkets to brainwash them?

      zionists are ALWAYS disrupting American rights to think freely and to stop helping Israel commit genocide. it is our right NOT to help, and it is now TIME for us to stop zionists from controlling our country. that would be freedom.

    • amigo on September 16, 2014, 1:52 pm

      So , you are against freedom of speech??.

      How about freedom of movement which caused the death of a Palestinians child ??.

      “Misbehaviour of personnel manning checkpoints

      The Israel Defense Forces’ Military Advocate General, Maj. Gen. Dr. Menachem Finkelstein released a statement to the Knesset Constitution, Justice and Law Committee in which he reported that there were many complaints about the troops manning the checkpoints abusing and humiliating Palestinians. He said that the excessive number of complaints “lit a red light”. He said that the number of complaints required an examination to see whether the misbehavior was being caused by an excessive workload of the IDF soldiers manning the checkpoints.[18]

      An Israeli soldier was removed from duty and imprisoned for two weeks for refusing the passage of a pregnant Palestinian woman in labour. The woman was forced to give birth at the checkpoint and she suffered a miscarriage.”wiki.

      Your beloved IDF ” thug “got two weeks in prison for his little act of humanity.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_freedom_of_movement

      Your protestations ring hollow .

      • amigo on September 16, 2014, 1:56 pm

        Correction above.

        First line should say!!,

        So your for freedom of speech palikari.

        Second line should say!!.

        How about denial of movement which caused the death of a Palestinians child ??.

    • lonely rico on September 17, 2014, 11:28 am


      You have no right to disrupt any event. Would you like anti-Israel events to be disrupted by Zionist activists?

      Perhaps Palikari missed the recent Ohio University Student Senate meeting (http://mondoweiss.net/2014/09/university-filibuster-harangue).
      Not an “anti-Israel” event it was nonetheless disrupted by the BOBCATS FOR INJUSTICE, who doubtless feared the pro-justice position taken by the senate president Megan Marzec.

    • jon s on September 17, 2014, 4:04 pm

      I wouldn’t be too upset because I’m pretty sure that actions like this are counter-productive.
      Most decent people will sympathize with the dignified lady on the stage and not with the disruptive hooligans in the back rows.

  8. ivri on September 16, 2014, 12:38 pm

    And what about the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra concert that was disrupted in ten Edinburgh music festival? It had no political dimension and was not organized by the government. Those who do that can get away with tings in the UK, as in fact happened in the above case, but don`t realize that this attitude of intolerance, that every act is Kosher when it comes to hurting Israel, first and foremost hurts them. It ruins the image of the Arab communities in the eyes of the local people and the prices for that never fail to come.

    • amigo on September 16, 2014, 3:39 pm

      “And what about the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra concert that was disrupted in ten Edinburgh music festival? It had no political dimension and was not organized by the government. “ivri

      Hmmm,

      “This writer’s personal experience will suffice to illustrate. I was among a group of people invited to a professional event in Gaza City sponsored by the World Health Organization and the European Union. Applications to Israel were made well in advance by these international agencies, all to Israel’s specifications. But shortly before the event, despite a year of planning and prior approval, and despite Israel’s claim not to be occupying Gaza, it blocked our entry without explanation. When I refused to leave the gate to the Erez crossing, IDF soldiers physically removed me – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2012/03/the-palestine-national-orchestra-a-view-from-the-violin-section#sthash.osa2fJzX.dpuf

      You were saying about intolerance and hurting Israel

  9. eljay on September 18, 2014, 7:29 am

    >> For folks doubting the whitewash-element, just read the text on their Facebook page: “Be there to support Israel and the positive ideas it represents. We celebrate life, humanity, creativity” …

    Once again, Zio-supremacists gloss over the many unjust and immoral ideas Israel represents and celebrates, including oppression, occupation, colonialism and Jewish supremacism in a supremacist “Jewish State”.

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