“We oppose the current Israeli government, but it is a government. Freely elected. Not a regime. Words matter," Redgrave wrote.
I had a cousin, a theater director who died far too young. Leo worked with some of the leading names in New York City theater, including Joseph Papp. (He did a lot of work at La Mama, as well, for those of you familiar with that world.)
Leo knew Vanessa and, if memory serves, went with her and others to meet the Dalai Lama.
I told Leo then how much I disliked Redgrave's politics and her position on Israel. Leo, himself from the far left, wasn't sympathetic to my views.
But he was careful to say that I didn't understand Redgrave, and that her positions regarding Israel were reached honestly and were free from antisemitism. I didn't buy it.
Leo was right after all.