Perdition prompts row among Palestine lobby
A SENIOR Jewish member of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has resigned her post in the organisation over its decision to stage a controversial play about Zionist collaboration with the Nazis on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD).
Esther Sassaman, a veteran anti-Zionist campaigner and Socialist Workers Party member, quit as secretary of the SPSC’s Dundee branch and has also re- signed from the national organisation’s co-ordinating committee.
The American-born activist told the JC that although she supported the play, Perdition, by the late Jim Allen, staging it around HMD was inappropriate.
“ Perdition has an important story to tell. However, I think HMD should concentrate on the Holocaust and on what the Nazis did to the Jews. That is what we should be focusing on. We can focus on the atrocities committed against the Palestinians for the rest of the year.”
Despite her qualms about staging the play — which claims that Hungarian Jewish leaders co-operated with the Nazis in return for free passage to Palestine — as part of activities to mark HMD, Ms Sassaman said she would remain a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. She added that, in her view, Zionists had “too much influence” over the running of the event.
Three readings of Perdition took place between January 24 and 26 in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.
The SPSC also staged talks by antiZionist historian Lenni Brenner and a round table on the Holocaust includ- ing Jewish, disabled, gay and Jewish participants.
The staging of Jim Allen’s play has brought condemnation from Scottish Council of Jewish Communities director Ephraim Borowski.
He accused the SPSC of “aligning itself with Iran, Hamas and Hizbollah, whose leaders are on record as seeking to wipe Israel, and indeed all Jews, off the face of the Earth.”