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Israeli man ‘hounded out’ of theatre after comedian started Palestine chant


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Comedian Paul Currie told the crowd to chant ‘get the f*** out’ and ‘free Palestine’

An Israeli man and his friends were forced out of a London theatre after comedian Paul Currie encouraged the audience to chant ‘get the f*** out’ and ‘free Palestine’.

The comedian is alleged to have produced a Palestinian and Ukrainian flag at Soho Theatre, on Saturday night, and continued shouting at the man as he left.

An eyewitness said: ‘Minutes later, the comedian had encouraged the audience to stand at the end of the show, a kind of standing ovation, and when we all sat down again, he looked to a young man in the second row and said: “you didn’t stand, why? Didn’t you enjoy the show?”‘

‘The young man who we soon realised was Israeli, replied: “I enjoyed the show until you brought out the Palestinian flag”. 

‘Paul Currie retorted “get out of my show”, which instantaneously escalated in to screaming at this young man, repeatedly shouting “leave my f***ing show, now!”.

He added it ‘felt like the entire audience were on their feet shouting “free Palestine” and “get out”. 

Soho Theatre said in a statement: ‘We are sorry and saddened by an incident that took place at our venue at the end of a performance of Paul Currie: Shtoom on Saturday 10 of February which has caused upset and hurt to members of audience attending and others.

‘We take this very seriously and are looking into the detail of what happened as thoroughly, as sensitively, and as quickly as we can.

The incident happened at Soho Theatre

‘It is important to us that Soho Theatre is welcoming and inclusive place for all.’

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: ‘What the Jewish audience-members have recounted is atrocious, and we are working with them and our lawyers to ensure that those who instigated and enabled it are held to account.

‘These allegations are of deeply disturbing discriminatory abuse against Jews. Comedians are rightly given broad latitude, but hounding Jews out of theatres is reminiscent of humanity’s darkest days, and must have no place in central London in 2024.’

Paul Currie has been contacted for comment.

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