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A Rallying Call for the Arts

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A statue of Culture Minister Miri Regev was placed in Tel Aviv’s Habima Square Thursday. Next to the statue, which was made by artist Itay Zalait, was a sign with the hashtag #InTheHeartOfTheNation.”

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In response to this act of artistic protest, Regev chose to focus on the hashtag. “Thank you Itay Zalait, for placing a mirror ‘in the heart of the nation’ in Habima Square,” she said. “For the past three years, I indeed spent a lot of time holding up a mirror to Israel’s cultural world, which sought to exclude entire communities, and the patronizing attitude of those who hitherto considered themselves........

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