New Zealand Group Aims to Boycott Jewish Culture – John Daly-Peoples (National Business Review-New Zealand)
(Daily Alert, Feb. 28, 2014)
The spirit of Nazi Germany will be on the streets this Saturday in Wellington, with a protest against the visiting Batsheva Dance Company, which is performing as part of the New Zealand Festival.
Pro-Palestinian groups will be protesting at the St. James Theater as part of the global campaign of BDS (boycott, divestments, and sanctions) against Israel. They will be using the same harassment techniques used by the Nazis to close down Jewish and liberal performances in the 1930s.
The boycotting of cultural events is misguided, as it is cultural activities which have promoted active dialogue and been one of the significant ways in which Israelis and the Palestinians have made some reconciliation.