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In the Service of Israeli Censorship

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The ruling by the Haifa Administrative Affairs Court on restricting display of the exhibit “McJesus” at the Haifa Museum of Art reflects a dangerous approach, one that gives politicians an opening to censor works of art and culture in general.

The court on Sunday dismissed an appeal by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which complained about the intervention of Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem in the display of the statue by artist Jani Leinonen, out of consideration for Haifa’s Christian population. In their ruling, they wrote, “The mayor has the authority, and even the obligation, to act to prevent offense to the feelings of the population of the city she was elected to lead.”

Despite the judges’ clear statement that “the mayor, like any........

© Haaretz