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[DC] Pressures on Democracy: Jaffa Theater and the Cultural Crisis in Israel
November 30 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Pressures on Democracy
Jaffa Theater and the Cultural Crisis in Israel
leading Israeli theater researcher, author and peace building activist
Moderated by Stephen Stern of Mosaic Theater
Thursday, November 30th
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
New Israel Fund’s DC Office
2100 M St. NW Suite 619
Washington, DC 20037
Light breakfast will be available at 8:45 am
In recent years, Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev has vilified artistic institutions like the Jaffa Theater, and even threatened to withdraw public funding. What was the theater’s crime? Giving voice to Palestinian narratives, producing stories about Jewish-Arab shared society, and using art to critically engage with the challenges of Israeli society.
While Jewish and Arab artists battle to keep their work from being shut down, artists and activists are mobilizing together in unprecedented ways. Lee Perlman, who has been at the forefront of this pushing back against the government’s campaign of intimidation, also challenges some of the cultural establishment’s societal attitudes and track record.
Join us for a breakfast conversation and hear about the current state of the cultural battlefield in Israel, how it both threatens and strengthens democracy, and how arts and culture are driving social change.
This event is presented by the New Israel Fund, J Street DC Metro, the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Americans for Peace Now, and Mosaic Theater.