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MacArthur Foundation Gives ‘Genius’ Grant to Annie Baker, Organizer of Anti-Israel BDS Boycott at Lincoln Center

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Why is it that antisemities, jihad sympathizers and supporters and radicals are lauded, exalted, and fawned over by the elites?

Neither I nor any of my colleagues would ever even be considered for such an award or grant. Ever.

“MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners,” by Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, October 11, 2017 (thanks to Cheryl):

…The fellowship, which honors “exceptionally creative people,” comes with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, to be awarded over five years. It is known colloquially as the “genius” award, to the sometime annoyance of the foundation….

The honorees include relatively well-known figures in the arts, like the playwright Annie Baker, 36, who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for “The Flick”…

Who is Annie Baker? A pro-BDS Jew-hater:

“Annie Baker, Caryl Churchill, Tracy Letts, Lynn Nottage and More Sign Letter in Protest of Israeli Government-Sponsored Shows at Lincoln Center,” Broadway World, July 5, 2017 (thanks to Cheryl):

In a letter made public today, more than 60 theater artists have called on Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a leading US arts institution located in Manhattan, to cancel IsraEli Government-sponsored performances by two Israeli theater companies scheduled for July 24 – 27.

The signers of the letter have won numerous awards for their work in theater, including four Pulitzer Prizes, three Tony Awards, and nine Obie Awards. Follow this link to view the letter signed by artists and sent to Lincoln Center.

The letter signed by the artists asserts that the performances by Israel’s Ha’bima National Theatre and the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv will help “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, brutal military occupation and denial of basic rights to the Palestinian people.”

Lincoln Center is advertising the performances by the Israeli theater companies as presented “With support of Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in North America.” The artists’ letter says that the performances are part of the IsraEli Government’s “Brand Israel” public relations strategy which, according to an Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs official, sends “well-known novelists and writers overseas, theater companies, exhibits…This way you show Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war.”

The artists also criticize Ha’bima and Cameri theaters because, despite past opposition from artists, they say the organizations have repeatedly performed in and legitimized Israel’s illegal settlements built on Israeli-occupied Palestinian land.

The letter calls on Lincoln Center “to respect the Palestinian civil society call for a boycott of those Israeli cultural institutions that are complicit in the denial of Palestinian rights.”…

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker, a signatory to the letter, commented, “I think the phrase ‘cultural boycott’ scares people, and it’s important to remember that a) it’s not a boycott against individual artists or nationalities, and b) it has historical precedent as an extremely effective way to call attention to apartheid (yes, Israel is an apartheid state) and influence policy.”…

The Palestinian civil society movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) calls for an economic, cultural, and academic boycott of companies and institutions that are complicit in Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights until Israel respects the rights of Palestinians, whether living under Israeli military occupation, as unequal citizens of Israel, or as refugees who are denied their right to return to their homeland. The Palestinian BDS is modeled on the global boycott movement that helped to bring an end to apartheid in South Africa….

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