oh my god just got into a facebook fight over posting a game of thrones spoiler
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Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza is a six-page, 10-minute play by Caryl Churchill, written in response to the 2008-2009 Israel military strike on Gaza, and first performed at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2009. Churchill, a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, has said that anyone wishing to produce it may do so gratis, so long as they hold a collection for the people of Gaza at the end.
Seven Jewish Children consists of seven scenes spread over roughly seventy years, in which Jewish adults discuss what, or whether, their children should be told about certain events in recent Jewish history that the play alludes to only indirectly : The Holocaust, Jewish immigration to Palestine, the creation of Israel, the flight or expulsion of Palestinian Arabs, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the dispute over water, the First Intifada, the death of Rachel Corrie the building of the West Bank barrier, the death of Muhammad al-Durrah, Palestinian suicide attacks, Hamas rocket attacks, and the 2008 bombing of Gaza.
The Guardian’s Michael Billington called it a ‘heartfelt lamentation’, while the Times found it ‘straitjacketed political orthodoxy’. For Howard Jacobson, it is ‘wantonly inflammatory’. Bloggers have debated whether the play is antisemitic. This may be one of the more controversial pieces I have posted here on FYGP, but I do think this piece is worth reading.