Don’t Expect Screaming Headlines About Threats to Freedom of Expression

This certainly looks like another chapter in the continuing censorship of narratives relating to the Palestinian struggle. “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” Alan Rickman’s play about Rachel Corrie, the human rights activist who was murdered by the Israeli army in 2003, has been pulled by the New York Theatre Workshop, citing the “political climate”. Last year, the play was staged in London without incident, and to great acclaim. But in a letter to the Los Angeles Times, James C. Nicola, the director of the NYTW, defends himself vigorously against the charges of censorship, saying it was all a matter of scheduling.

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