The play “The Siege,” created and performed by The Freedom Theater, which is based in the West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp, is itself under siege. It’s the latest lightning rod in an ongoing conflict over how Israel and the Palestinian territories are represented in theatrical productions.
The Palestinian play, which is currently being staged at New York University’s Skirball Theater, has sparked controversy from New York to Jerusalem. Heads of Jewish organizations and a member of the Israeli cabinet have unsuccessfully pressured the university to cancel performances. In response, multiple events are being held in conjunction with the play to explore art as resistance and the consequences of censorship.