Some concerns about this article: First, Theater J’s Ari Roth claimed he must stage “The Admission,” which alleges that Israelis carried out a massacre in the Arab village of Tantura in 1948, because “there is a debate that needs to be convened and not stifled.” But that debate took place in Israeli courts. They found the allegation libelous, the second time on appeal. The Post’s wording, “a messy ending that has never been fully cleaned up,” obscured the outcome.
Accuracy, not Censorship, is the Issue in Theater J’s Production of ‘The Admission’
Regarding the March 16 Arts article “The pressure play at Theater J”:
The Post termed CAMERA a “conservative” organization. CAMERA takes no policy positions, right, center or left, on negotiated outcomes of Arab-Israeli conflicts. It monitors news and other communications media according to traditional journalism standards of accuracy, objectivity and comprehensiveness.
Finally, contrary to Roth, attempted censorship is not the issue. Few in the Jewish community would find a production of “The Admission” by the Woolly Mammoth Theater, for example, of significance. What seem to provoke Roth are references to a historical record that contradicts his insistence on producing, at a Jewish community institution, a false narrative about Israel’s War of Independence. What’s next, a play about the U.S. bombing of Tokyo on Dec. 7, 1941?
Eric Rozenman, Washington
The writer is Washington director of CAMERA
(Letter published online March 21, in print edition March 22, 2014.)