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Scandal Over ‘McJesus’ Sculpture Widens at Haifa Museum

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16 Jan 2019 (All day)
Scandal Over ‘McJesus’ Sculpture Widens at Haifa Museum
Following violent street protests by hundreds of Arab Christians and several complaints by senior clergy against a display at the Haifa Museum of Art entitled “Sacred Goods” which includes the “McJesus” sculpture by Finnish artist and BDS-supporter Jani Leinonen, the Ministry of Culture attempted to defund the Museum on Tuesday before being blocked from doing so by the Department of Justice. “It is forbidden to block funding to cultural institutions because of the content they exhibit,” Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber wrote in a letter to Culture Minister Miri Regev Tuesday.

Regev wrote a letter to the Museum in which she said, among other things, that the sculpture, as well as some other displays which are part of the “Sacred Goods” collection, makes a “mockery of the crucifix, the most important religious symbol for Christians around the world…this work does not belong in a cultural institution supported by state funds.”

DeSantis Issues Directive to Discontinue Use of Airbnb
Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis issued a directive this week that state employees are not to use the online travel lodging service Airbnb while on official business following that organizations announcement in November that it will de-list apartments in Jewish settlement communities in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. “We have a moral obligation to oppose the Airbnb policy. It does target Jews specifically. I think that’s wrong,” DeSantis said. “Airbnb claims it’s a company of inclusion and yet this policy only affects Jews who have homes on the West Bank. It doesn’t appear to apply to anyone else on the face of the earth.”
 
In related news, the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat this week when Komatsu, the Japanese industrial conglomerate, inaugurated a project in cooperation with the New Feldman company in the Jewish State. The inauguration was attended by over 1,000 people, including members of a large delegation of Japanese business leaders who are in Israel this week looking for investment and trade opportunities.
 
Here is a video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeting members of the delegation



Turkey to Set up ‘Security Zone’ in Northeast Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that he will accept a request from US President Donald Trump to establish a "security zone" in northern Syria as an alternative to a feared invasion of the area which many feared would involve massacres of US-allied Kurdish factions, which Ankara considers terrorists. “Comparing Turkey’s presence in Syria with that of any other state or power is an insult to both history and our civilisation,” Erdogan said, in response to accusations that he was planning to invade and occupy a large section of his neighboring country.

“We could create such a safe zone if coalition forces especially America provide logistical and financial support,” Erdogan added. “That would also entirely prevent an influx [of refugees].” 

Iranian Nuclear Chief Boasts of Enrichment Capabilities
Ali Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told a local news agency on Tuesday that despite the clerical regime’s oft-repeated insistence that it is complying with the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement, “If we want to come out of the nuclear deal and produce, within four days we could start our 20 percent. But we already have stockpiles of 20 percent, and the capability.”

 

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