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Israeli Leaders Slam NYU for Allowing Play Accused of Whitewashing Palestinian Terrorists

The Algemeiner reports: Israeli and Jewish American leaders are speaking out against New York University’s (NYU) decision to host performances of a play that has been criticized for whitewashing Palestinian terrorism and demonstrating anti-Israel bias.

“The Siege,” a production by a Palestinian theater company about a 2002 standoff between Israeli troops and armed terrorists at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, will make its North American premier on Thursday at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

The five-week-long incident, part of Operation Defensive Shield, ensued after over 200 Palestinians — among them members of Fatah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad — fled from Israeli forces in Bethlehem and sought refuge in the revered Christian sanctuary, on the correct assumption that Israeli troops would not follow them inside. It concluded following complex international negotiations that resulted in the deportation of the wanted Palestinians to Europe and the Gaza Strip.

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