Artists’ anti-Israel protest of David Grossman play fizzles — as it deserved to

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The protest’s organizer, Adalah-NY, accused Lincoln Center of “helping the Israeli government to implement its systematic ‘Brand Israel’ strategy of employing arts and culture to divert attention from the state’s decades of violent colonization.”

To be fair, and I don’t know why I need to be, the petition targeted the government’s sponsorship of the play, not its content. Israel, as governments are wont to do, promotes its brand abroad using the arts and culture. This makes Lincoln Center, according to the petition, complicit in promoting Israel as a “progressive center of the arts and culture.”