In a shocking turn of events, London's Soho Theatre, once a synagogue, has issued an apology following allegations that Jewish attendees were forced out of a comedy show. The theater expressed their regret and sadness over the incident, which took place during a performance by Belfast comedian Paul Currie.
A Night of Laughter Turns Sour
The evening of February 12, 2024, began as any other at the Soho Theatre. Around 200 people gathered to enjoy a night of comedy with Paul Currie. However, the atmosphere took a dark turn when Currie displayed a Palestinian flag on stage, leading to a confrontation with an Israeli man in the audience.
Allegations of Discriminatory Chanting
According to witnesses, Currie allegedly led the audience in chants of 'Free Palestine' and 'Get the f—k out' that were directed at the Jewish attendees. As the situation escalated, the Israeli man and his group were reportedly told to 'get the f out' of the theater by the comedian himself.
Request for a Formal Apology
Feeling uncomfortable and targeted, the Jewish individuals and their group left the theater. The incident has since sparked outrage and calls for a formal apology from the Soho Theatre. The theater management has responded swiftly, expressing their regret for the incident and stating that they are investigating the matter.
Police Investigation and Condemnation from Campaign Against Antisemitism
The incident has also prompted a police investigation. In a statement, a spokesperson from the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) described the discriminatory abuse against Jews as 'atrocious' and 'deeply disturbing'. The CAA vowed to hold those responsible accountable.
Theater's Commitment to Investigating the Matter
In a statement, the Soho Theatre emphasized that they do not condone any form of discrimination. They expressed their commitment to investigating the incident thoroughly and taking appropriate action. The theater also apologized for any distress caused to the Jewish attendees.
As the investigation continues, the Soho Theatre's commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all patrons will be put to the test. The incident serves as a reminder that the fight against discrimination and antisemitism is an ongoing one, and that vigilance is key to ensuring that everyone is treated with respect and dignity.