Hilton Arts festival

CRITICISM of the Hilton Arts Festival for staging three Israeli plays at the weekend despite a pro-Palestinian boycott calling on people who had booked to cancel, continues.

A statement issued yesterday by the Media Review Network and Muslim Judicial Council expressed disappointment at the organisers.

“We are deeply disappointed that the Hilton Arts Festival betrayed the solidarity and integrity of international artists who stood up in support of the oppressed during the apartheid years in South Africa and continue to stand in support of the boycott against Israel.

“These artists stood proudly in support of justice. They were never intimidated nor did they surrender their principles and hide behind excuses such as freedom of expression while human beings are suffering and dying. Their message then and now is that they will stand in solidarity with freedom by breaking all ties with nations guilty of the heinous crimes of racism, oppression and apartheid,” said Iqbal Jassat, chairman of the Media Review Network.