Say Opera Houses Announce They “No Longer Engage With Artists That Support Israel,”
This hypothetical is of course based on the Metropolitan Opera saying “we can no longer engage with artists … that support Putin.” Say that the Opera concludes that Israel’s control over the West Bank is as bad as Putin’s attempt to control Ukraine (and to occupy or annex parts of Ukraine). Therefore, if you publicly support Israel, we will fire you and no longer hire you, at least unless you’re willing to publicly condemn Israeli actions.
I should stress that I view the underlying geopolitical actions (Russia’s with regard to Ukraine and Israel’s with regard to the West Bank and the Palestinians more broadly) as morally very different, but I imagine many view them as similar. (The Boycott Divest Sanction movement against Israel reflects that.) What would you say about the two decisions, the Metropolitan Opera’s real one about Putin and the hypothetical one about Israel?
- They are similarly right
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