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Culture Minister's Demand to Remove Work of Art Is an Insult to Culture

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On Friday, hundreds of Christians demonstrated outside the Haifa Museum of Art against a work that has been on display for five months — “McJesus,” depicting Ronald McDonald on a cross. Three police officers were injured in the protests. On Thursday night, a firebomb was thrown at the museum.

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Culture Minister Miri Regev has so far failed to publicly condemn the violence against the museum, but she didn’t pass up the opportunity for more censorship. On Thursday, even before the demonstrations erupted, she sent a letter to the museum’s director demanding that the work be removed. “I’ve received many complaints about a grave insult to the Christian community’s sensibilities,” she wrote. She also threatened to cut her ministry’s financial support for the institution.

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