Monday, April 20, 2009

Outrage over Israeli It Ain't Half Hot Mum-style show

Critics condemn London show featuring Israeli Defence Force dance troupe as 'ghoulish and retrograde'

Haroon Siddique, Monday 20 April 2009

"An Israeli Defence Force song-and-dance troupe is to perform in London at a show to commemorate the founding of Israel, provoking anger among groups that campaign for the rights of Palestinians.

The IDF group was likened by the event organisers, the Zionist Federation, to the troupe portrayed in the 1970s BBC comedy It Ain't Half Hot Mum – but not everyone sees the funny side.

Human rights groups accused the IDF of committing war crimes during the three-week invasion of the Gaza Strip, which began in December – allegations denied by the Israeli government – and the army is the subject of a UN investigation.

"This is akin to singing and dancing on the graves of the 400 Palestinian children that the IDF was responsible for killing in January," said Chris Doyle, chair of the Council for Arab-British Understanding......"

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