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Sections of Orthodox Israelis Lead to Cutting Scenes from Play

A play about the siege of Jerusalem in 1948 was presented here last night minus some scenes which Orthodox residents called offensive after the district court issued a temporary injunction barring those scenes.

One of the deleted scenes portrayed a group of Yeshiva students carrying a white flag enroute to a meeting to surrender to Arab Legionnaires of Jordan besieging the city. Another protested scene showed a commander of the Haganah, the pre-state Jewish defense force, tearing the white flag from the hands of the students. Prior to the play’s opening, a number of Orthodox leaders, including Deputy Education Minister Kalman Kahana, asked Justice Minister Yaakov Shapiro to ban the play, “The City.” by Yaakov Orland. The Justice Minister did not reply to the request.