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Closed Society: January 30, 2012

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Following a complaint by the “Im Tirzu” association, Minister of Culture and Sport, Limor Livnat (Likud), voiced support for keeping director and actor Mohammed Bakri off the stage in an upcoming production at the Tzavta Theater in Tel-Aviv.

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January 30th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Judiciary: 13 May, 2011

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The culture center of the settlement-city Ariel will house production of plays by Shmuel Hasfari, who has called for a boycott of the culture center. Hasfari commented, “I was advised by a few very high-ranking jurists and they all said there is no chance a court will rule Ariel is not in Israel. Actually I worded it that way because I did not want my plays staged in Germany. At the time I didn’t even think of possibility of Ariel.”

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May 13th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Closed Society: 10 March, 2011

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A play named “Ulysses on Bottles,” performed at the Haifa Theater, caused protest in the audience, because the play expresses sympathy with the hardship of Palestinians in Gaza. A few patrons threatened to return their season tickets, if the theater would not terminate the show. A young woman who came to watch the show said: “Why must we be shown the suffering of the Gazans? Let us see the pain of the Negev residents, who have been suffering of rockets daily for 8 years!”

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March 10th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Political: 8 November, 2010

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Limor Livnat, Israel’s Minister for Culture, announced that she will act to prevent support of any theater that refuses to perform in Israeli territory, including the Occupied Territories. According to Livnat, “we are a democratic country and artists have the right to express protest, but it is not their right to boycott the citizens of the State of Israel, and we will act to require cultural institutions to perform throughout the entire country.” (Hebrew)

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November 8th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Political: 29 August 2010

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to the actors’ boycott of the Culture Hall being constructed in Ariel that “the government should not finance those who try to promote a boycott from within.”

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August 29th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Political: 28 August 2010

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Limor Livnat, Minister of Culture and Sport, responded to the declaration by 36 theater professionals that they would boycott the Ariel Cultural Hall, that “theater CEOs must immediately rise to the occasion and handle the crisis that has occurred once actors and creative artists have decided to divide society in Israel.” She said that “culture is a social bridge and political argumentation should be left outside the life of culture and art.”

Members of Knesset Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) and Yariv Levine (Likud) have proposed a law that would deny funding to theaters which would employ artists who call for boycotting plays being held in a particular location due to political reasons.

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August 28th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Political: 26 August 2010

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The new cultural hall being constructed in Ariel, which in the Samaria region of the Occupied Territories, will run productions purchased from the theaters of Beer Sheva, Habima, Hakameri, and HaKhan. The Ometz Lesarev movement called upon theater administrators not to perform in Ariel: “it is not what cultured people do, to perform to an audience who, due to their place of residence, cause millions of people to suffer a repressive military administration that denies them human dignity, freedom of movement and basic human rights – before even discussion the denial of their own ability to maintain any kind of cultural and spiritual life of their own.”

Dozens of Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at Border Guard forces in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. They stated that disputes began after Jewish settlers in the neighborhood tried to enter the mosque near the Silwan Spring with their faces covered.

The Israeli Train Company invested three million NIS in planning a rail line between Rosh Haayin and Nablus, as part of the vision of Minister of Transportation Israel Katz to form a railroad that would cross the Occupied Territories in the regions known as “Judea” and “Samaria”.