The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), a prominent association fighting anti-Semitism, reported that these individuals were forced to leave after being treated disrespectfully by actor Paul Currie.
The management of the Soho Theater has expressed deep regret and sadness over the incident. As per the CAA, the Jewish spectators were urged out of the room for not standing up in response to the display of a Palestinian flag. The Israeli man, his partner, and the other four Jewish individuals, as reported, left the room after this incident during Paul Currie’s show.
The CAA further reported that the audience members were asked to stand up to salute the Ukrainian and Palestinian flags at the end of the show. The man of Israeli nationality was questioned for not standing up, and it was followed by the actor asking him to leave, while others shouted at him to get out, or shouted ‘Palestine libre’.
According to the CAA, the event was reminiscent of some of the darkest times in human history.
While expressing its regret and sadness over the incident, the theater also assured that it is taking the matter very seriously and is making all possible efforts to investigate the matter as thoroughly, sensitively and quickly as possible.
A spokesperson from the CAA strongly condemned the incident, stating that, “What members of the Jewish public experienced was atrocious. Driving Jews out of theaters is a reminder of humanity’s darkest days and should have no place in the center of London in 2024.”
Like many countries, the United Kingdom has seen a rise in anti-Semitic incidents following the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, which resulted in more than 1,160 deaths, the majority of whom were civilians, according to official Israeli data. Israel’s retaliatory offensive resulted in 28,340 deaths in the Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were civilians, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health. The CAA reports that 80% of Jewish Britons feel that these events have led to an increase in hostility towards Jews.