Reading a New York Times theatre review I came across this story from the 1990s, when an East Coast Theatre was thinking of commissioning a piece exploring US influence on Palestine – “on thinking and consciousness and not in just a political way.”  A Palestinian is riled: “Don’t get arrogant. It’s not a one-way relationship. Our land has produced the foundation blocks of Western civilization. The idea of one god was hatched in our neck of the woods.”