Protesters disrupt Israeli dance company performing in Scotland

(JTA) – Anti-Israel protesters disrupted the first of three performances in Scotland by Israel’s acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company.

A group of protesters disrupted the dance performance three times; about a dozen of them were ejected from the theater, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. In addition, about 150 demonstrators burning tickets and holding signs such as “Don’t dance with Israeli apartheid” stood outside the performance hall.

The Batsheva troupe performed “Hora” on Thursday evening as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

The group received repeated standing ovations from the crowd despite the incident, the newspaper reported.

“These demonstrators are clearly not motivated by any desire to help the Palestinians or advance peace, but only to sow hatred,” a spokesman for the Israel Embassy in London told the Chronicle. “We are committed to ensuring that Israeli-British cultural cooperation will continue to flourish.”

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