Martyrs Street, a realistic drama by Misha Shulman, is a gripping tale of two houses in the historical city of Hebron, in the Occupied West Bank. Shulman is a New York-based playwright and former commander in the Israeli Defense Force. On a national level, the play examines the take-over of Israeli and Palestinian societies by their respective religious extremists. On an intimate level, it looks at the struggle between the personal and the political, which demands difficult choices on a daily basis from anyone living in that part of the world.
The play imagines two locations on the same street in Hebron, which together represent a microcosm of the occupation. Two separate systems of justice exist there for the two peoples. Violence and hatred are built into the fabric of language and being.