Minister defends Israeli artists' right to perform in the UK

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Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt spoke after protestors attempted to disrupt a performance by the Israeli dance company Batsheva at the Edinburgh Festival.

“I strongly support the freedom of Batsheva to appear at the festival, and deeply regret the attempts to disrupt them. The UK absolutely opposes the targeting of institutions and individuals for no other reason than they are from Israel. It achieves nothing, is divisive and runs counter to the long history of cultural freedom in this country.”