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Animal Farm rankles the West Bank

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Internal Palestinian Affairs, Miscellaneous, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on March 28, 2009

George Orwell’s 1945 fictional satire of Stalinist Russia, Animal Farm, is being performed in the West Bank with a decidedly Palestinian twist.

Play has proved controversial

Play has proved controversial

So why is the production proving so controversial?

Mr Raee says much of the anger stems from the choice of play – with its theme of revolutionaries imitating their oppressors.

Juliano Mer-Khamis, theatre director

Juliano Mer-Khamis, theatre director

But for Mr Mer-Khamis, the most present and immediate enemy is not Israel or Israeli troops.

Instead, he says, it is the unspoken restrictions Palestinian society imposes on those who want to challenge the Territories’ political leadership.

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In one of the scenes, Molly, one of the horses, runs away from the farm. “The corruption here is worse than when Jones was in control,” says Molly.

The human who comes to talk business at the end of the play wears green army uniform and speaks Hebrew, a reference to the Israeli military.

“It is a thinly veiled attack on the corruption of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its collaboration with Israel at the expense of Palestinian citizens,” adds Steti.

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Violence also affected artistic decisions. The theater initially selected “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” a satire of armed resistance by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, for the debut production.

But the play was shelved after someone smashed the window of Mer Khamis’ car. The cast worried that the play’s message would be ill-received after Israel’s recent offensive in the Gaza Strip, which killed some 1,400 Palestinians.

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