More than 100 artists have launched a new cultural boycott of Israel, declaring that ‘we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government.’
Most are the usual anti-Zionist fanatics, led by Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Miriam Margolyes and Mike Leigh. No classical musician of international rank has joined (though some may yet do so).
What is interesting is the appearance in the list of Penny Woolcock, director of the defining film of John Adams opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. From its inception, all involved in making this opera have maintained that it took an even-handed position on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Ms Woolcock has now declared her bias: she is anti-Israel and her work on the opera was motivated by a one-eyed hatred of the Jewish state.