*Photo: The play ‘Palestine: Year Zero’ cancelled a few days before premiere.
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A word in the mayor’s ear
Last year, the ‘Cultural Loyalty’ Bill, which would have withdrawn funding from cultural productions deemed to be anti-Israel, failed to win the approval of the Knesset.
The Bill may have died, but its principles live on.
Ha’aretz (9thDecember 2018) reports that Avigdor Yitzakhi, head of Israel’s state-run lottery, has successfully pressured the mayor of Kabul, a Palestinian-majority town in the north of Israel, to cancel a play whose plot involves the demolition of Palestinian homes. Performances of ‘Palestine: Year Zero’ were cancelled a few days before its first performance.
In contrast to the sound and fury of Culture Minister Miri Regev’s customary threats against institutions which allow the Palestinian narrative to be heard, this latest cancellation was managed quite…
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