Tell the American Jewish Historical Society: Don’t Cave to Pro-Israel Censorship
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Under pressure from right-wing Zionist groups, the American Jewish Historical Society in New York City has abruptly canceled two events challenging Zionism: a program on the 1917 Balfour Declaration, and a reading of Dan Fishback’s new play, Rubble, Rubble.
The Society’s newfound claim that these programs “do not align with the mission of the AJHS” contradicts both the organization's earlier decision to host the events, and its stated mission of “expanding the conversations on American Jewish history, cultures, identities, and the arts.”
In reality, this censorship reflects an all-too familiar pattern: a cultural or academic institution attempts to engage in a critical discussion of Zionism, and then caves to an increasingly desperate witch-hunt to silence the growing movement for justice in Palestine -- many of whose supporters are Jewish.
The fact that both cancelled events are being rescheduled at other venues does not make the AJHS any less culpable for its actions. Indeed, it only magnifies the Society’s isolation from the vibrant centers of public discourse in New York City.
Please join us in telling the Society that its complicity in attacks on the Palestine freedom movement is a stain on its integrity and that we will not be silent in the face of such betrayals of justice.
For more background:
Caving To Pressure, Jewish Group Cancels Play By Critic Of Israel (The Forward)
Jewish Center Faces Backlash After Canceling Play Criticized as Anti-Israel (New York Times)
Speakers censored by Jewish Historical Society vow to stage events elsewhere (Mondoweiss)
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