John Berger (a writer of some repute, apparently - at least, that's what it says on his profile), has written an article on Comment Is Free, calling for a global cultural boycott of the Israeli state due to the 'illegal occupation of the Palestine territories of the West Bank and Gaza'. So far, so Comment Is Free. It's the sort of thing you'd be surprised not to see written on the site.
Anyway, he rambles on and on about who should be joining the boycott, and why, and how. But the most bizarre passage has to be this:
How to apply a boycott? For academics it's perhaps a little clearer - a question of declining invitations from state institutions and explaining why. For invited actors, musicians, jugglers or poets it can be more complicated. I'm convinced, in any case, that its application should not be systematised; it has to come from a personal choice based on a personal assessment.Yeah, sounds great John. But, err, sorry, can we back up there for just a minute? Jugglers???? Is there a cultural exchange programme for jugglers going on that I wasn't aware of? I'm trying to understand why there would be much demand for jugglers being invited to Israel at all. But the idea of jugglers being invited, but declining for political reasons has flipped my Surreal-O-Meter into hyper mode. I can just picture it...
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