A London theater said it was “sorry and saddened” by an incident in which a Jewish audience member was kicked out of the theater after refusing to stand up while a Palestinian flag was being waved, according to a charity. cites AFP.
Huge demonstration in London for PalestinePhoto: Tayfun Salci / Zuma Press / Profimedia
According to the group Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), an Israeli man, his partner and four other people of Jewish origin left the theater because of the incident, which happened at the Soho Theater on Saturday during a show by comedian Paul Currie.
According to CAA, one of the spectators involved told the organization that the audience was encouraged to stand for the Ukrainian and Palestinian flags at the end of the show.
The Israeli man was then asked why he did not stand up, before, according to the account carried by CAA, the comedian “screamed at him” and asked him to leave, while others shouted “get out” or “Palestine free”.
Saying it was “sorry and saddened”, the theater said it was taking the incident “very seriously” and was trying to establish what happened “as thoroughly, sensitively and quickly as possible”.
“What audience members of the Jewish faith have experienced is appalling,” a CAA spokesman said, “driving Jews out of theaters is reminiscent of humanity’s darkest days and should not be happening in central London in 2024.”
Like many other countries, Britain has seen a rise in anti-Semitic incidents since the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, which left more than 1,160 dead, most of them civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official data Israeli.
The Israeli offensive in retaliation has caused 28,340 deaths in the Gaza Strip, the vast majority of them civilians, according to the Health Ministry of Hamas.
According to the CAA, 80% of British Jews believe that recent events have led to increasing hostility towards Jews.