Perdi­tion prompts row among Pales­tine lobby

The Jewish Chronicle - - Home News - BY BERNARD JOSEPHS

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.”

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