Culture war as Israeli minister demands investigation into Palestinian theatre

Israel’s culture minister called for an investigation into a major Arabic-language theatre after a director refused to call a Palestinian jailed over an attack a “terrorist”. Culture Minister Miri Regev announced she was seeking an investigation into the al-Midan theatre in the mixed Palestinian-Israeli city of Haifa following the refusal.

“The theatre is not a political body,” Regev told Israeli media. “Theatre cannot be a front for incitement against Israeli soldiers.” In 2015, the Israeli government announced it would withdraw state funding for the theatre after it hosted the play “A Parallel Time”. The play was apparently inspired by the story of Walid Daka, a Palestinian imprisoned for his role in abducting and killing Israeli soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984.