Monday, November 15, 2004

 

they must hate us for our freedom

From the AP:
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A Jewish assemblyman said Friday that an exhibit of Palestinian art and crafts, scheduled for a one-day display in a building owned by Westchester County, should be canceled because it is anti-Israel and "promotes terrorism and violence."
The most offending examples that Assemblyman Ryan Karben objected to:
_An image of an Arab headdress trapped in a Star of David made of barbed wire.

_A reference to the creation of Israel in 1948 as a "catastrophe."

_The inclusion of works by an artist described in the Houston exhibit notes as "a former general in the Palestinian Liberation Organization."

_A tent entitled "Memorial to 418 Palestinian Villages Destroyed, Depopulated and Occupied by Israel in 1948." The names of the villages are embroidered onto the tent.

_A piece described as paying homage to "the first 13 Palestinian martyrs in the anti-Israel uprising that began in 2000."
Now, I'm not an art critic. And Karben may easily be able to argue that some of the works to be displayed are critical of Israel or even anti-Israel. But I don't see how that warrants cancellation of the exhibition. As for work that "promotes terrorism and violence," I think that's a tough one to argue here. If these examples above are the most offending (and I am assuming here that they are), I do not see any promotion of terrorism and violence. If anything, most of these examples are contemplative or commemorative works about victims of violence.

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