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Haifa’s Mayor McCensor Delivers Miserable Decision on Freedom of Speech

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Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem’s decision to remove from an exhibition at the Haifa Museum of Art “McJesus,” a sculpture depicting the McDonald’s mascot nailed to a cross, and to arrange for “controversial artworks” to be displayed in a closed gallery within the museum is a miserable one.

Casting the surrender to pressure from church officials as a technical measure — “Seeing as the loan agreement was due to expire within a few days in any event, the sculpture will be removed and returned as soon as possible” — only added to the mockery.

Fewer than three days after Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber again warned Culture Minister Miri Regev that she has no constitutional authority to threaten to cut the museum’s budget........

© Haaretz