Toronto-based Hart House Theatre’s 2005 play, ’My Name Is Rachel Corrie, is now playing at the Khan Theatre in Jerusalem. The play has recieved both praise and threats from the audience and the city officials. Jerusalem’s deputy Mayor David Hadari has threatened to cut Khan’s several thousand dollars budget if the show go on as planned, angering the Jewish team of the play.
“It’s a pity that the deputy mayor, just as MK Orit Strouk before him, is hurrying to judge the play as inciting without even seeing it. They are both most welcome to come and see the play first to see what it’s all about,” says the statement issued by the theatre’s management.
In May 2013, police arrested two Jews for defacing dozens of Khan Theatre posters showing a picture of Jewish actress Tamar Alkan, causing damage estimated at thousands of shekels.
The play is based on the life of American student, Rachel Corrie, 23, who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer as she was trying to stop demolition of a Palestinian home on March 16, 2003. My Name is Rachel Corrie is a controversial, passionate and stunning account of one woman’s participation in events that most of us only experienced through watching the news. Since its sold-out opening in 2005, My Name is Rachel Corrie has acted as a catalyst for discussion and an eye-opener to the impact of western foreign policies on people living thousands of miles away. Watch a trailer below.
The play’s screening at the New York Theater Workshop in March 2006 was also cancelled under Jewish Lobby pressure.
After Jewish army occupied East Jerusalem, an old Christian pilgrim hostel building was turned into Khan Theatre on October 26, 1967 by the orders of Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek.
In March 2011, Dr. Steven Plaut (Haifa University) in his article ‘Welcome to Haifa, Mr. and Mrs. Corrie’, published in The Jewish Press (March 3, 2011), wrote: “Corrie has since become a sort of Mother Teresa for the radical left and apologists for Islamofascism. She is the martyr saint of the pro-terror lobby and is even celebrated by Klansman David Duke”.
“On March 16th, 2003, an Israeli soldier driving a bulldozer two-stories high crushed to death 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, an American nonviolent human rights protester. According to numerous witnesses and photographic documentation, she was killed intentionally,” says Allison Weir, the founder of ‘If Americans Knew’ website. Reach full article here.
Dr. Lasha Darkmoon, an Anglo-American poet and writer, wrote a poem in honor of Corrie, which Patrick Willis sang in a video below.
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