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Mandelblit: Regev is not authorized to revoke funding «naked» performances

Legal adviser to the government away Mandelblit said that the Minister of culture and sports Miri Regev has no authority to stop funding submissions that there are elements of the outcrop.

Thus Mandelblit confirmed the conclusion of his Deputy This Zilber, who previously claimed that Miri Regev is not empowered to decide questions relating to the deprivation of funding of cultural institutions.

In the past two weeks, the culture Minister Miri Regev twice warned the workers of culture that they may lose state funding for productions that do not meet the «interests of the Israeli society.» In repertoire of Theatre of Jaffa, the Minister did not like the premiere performance of «From the prison notebooks», which tells about the life of Palestinian prisoners serving sentences for terrorism in Israeli jails. During the play the actors from the stage to read letters received by the relatives of prisoners. The Minister also threatened to revoke the funding for the Festival of Israel, which included the production of Brazilian choreographer Leah Rodriguez «Pindorama» and a show-performance «And what do I do with this sword.» In both performances there’s a scene involving fully Nude actors, that the Minister called unacceptable. At the meeting of representatives of the office of the legal adviser and staff of the Ministry of culture Dina Zilber demanded Miri Regev to stop irresponsible statements and to send letters with threats to cultural institutions. According to Zilber, the irresponsible behavior of the Minister adversely affects the development of culture in Israel, as well as forcing cultural institutions to impose self-censorship.

In response to these demands, Miri Regev, citing freedom of speech, said that no one can make her silent. Regev also said that I do not agree with the requirement of Dina Zilber to abandon the intention to revoke the funding for some cultural activities.

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Mandelblit: Regev is not authorized to revoke funding «naked» performances
11.06.2017

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