According to an association fighting anti-Semitism, an Israeli, his partner and four other people of Jewish faith left the Soho Theater after being jeered at by actor Paul Currie.
The Soho Theater in London said “sorry and saddened” after an incident during which spectators of Jewish faith were, according to an association, chased from the room after refusing to stand up while a Palestinian flag was being brandished. According to the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) group, an Israeli man, his partner and four other people of Jewish faith left the room during the incident, which occurred Saturday during a show by comedian Paul Currie.
According to CAA, one of the affected audience members told the organization that the audience was encouraged to stand up to salute the Ukrainian and Palestinian flags at the end of the show. The man of Israeli nationality was then asked why he did not get up, before, according to the story relayed by CAA, that the actor asked him “yell at me” asking him to leave, while others screamed “go out” or «Palestine libre».
An event which “recalls the darkest days of Humanity”, according to the CAA
Saying “sorry and saddened”the theater assured that it was taking the incident “very seriously” and tried to establish what had happened “as thoroughly, sensitively and quickly as possible”.
“What members of the Jewish public experienced was atrociousdenounced a CAA spokesperson. Driving Jews out of theaters is a reminder of humanity’s darkest days and should have no place in the center of London in 2024.”
Like many countries, the United Kingdom has experienced an increase in anti-Semitic incidents since the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, which left more than 1,160 dead, the majority civilians, according to an AFP tally taken from official Israeli data. The Israeli retaliatory offensive left 28,340 dead in the Gaza Strip, the vast majority of them civilians, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health. According to CAA, 80% of Jewish Britons feel that recent events have given rise to increasing hostility towards Jews.