If You Do Not Build It, Then They Cannot Come

Abby Zimet

The international campaign to boycott
the new Ariel theater in the West Bank has gained two big Jewish names -
conductor Daniel Barenboim and world-renowned architect Frank Gehry,
who also stepped down earlier this year from the so-called Museum of Tolerance being built in Jerusalem. They join a protest of Israeli occupation joined by over 200 major artists, many Jewish, from Stephen Sondheim and Tony Kushner to Amos Oz and
David Grossman.

 "Architects and planners are the key
implementers of the Israeli policy of taking and brutally occupying
Palestinian land in violation of international law. For Mr. Gehry to
take such a moral stand once and for all ends the mythical firewall
between architecture, policy, and human rights." - Cecilie Surasky of Jewish Voice for
Peace, organizer of the boycott.

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