Mary Pritchard, longtime Director of the new Zealand arts festival Artsplash, apologized for the fact that I withdrew the word «Israel», sounded in one of the songs of the musical «Joseph and the amazing colored clothes» by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim rice, outlining the biblical story of Joseph.
About it writes on Monday, June 19, network edition JWire.
The article says that from a song called «Close every door», which takes Joseph accompanied the children’s choir, were seized and the phrase «the Children of Israel are never alone» and substituted the phrase «Children of Grace.»
Pritchard, which holds this annual event for the last thirty years, said in a letter addressed to the Jewish regional Council of Wellington and other critics that the original text will be restored and will feature in the show, which will premiere in September this year. She declares that she is solely responsible for this «unfortunate error».
Earlier this month, Israel and New Zealand have decided to restore diplomatic relations, severed in December 2016, when Wellington acted as one of the initiators of the anti-Semitic UN security Council resolution No. 2334.
Recall that in December last year, New Zealand has acted as one of initiators of the resolution of the UN Security Council condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Resolution No. 2334, put to the vote New Zealand, Senegal, Malaysia and Venezuela and adopted on 23 December 2016 the UN security Council, condemns all Israeli settlement activity «the green line», that is, the construction in Judea and Samaria (in the text of the draft resolution «the West Bank of the Jordan river») and in the disputed territories in Jerusalem (the text «East Jerusalem»).
The draft resolution called on Israel to a full and immediate cessation of settlement activities «on occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem».
Anti-Israel resolution was approved with the support of 14 of the 15 countries included in the UN security Council. The US abstained from voting, not using the veto (for the first time since 1980). The adoption of this resolution the vote: China, France, UK, Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, New Zealand, Venezuela, Senegal, Angola and Uruguay.
In response, Israel recalled its Ambassador from New Zealand, and Netanyahu called the then foreign Minister Murray mcculley and called the move a «Declaration of war».