Sunday, June 4, a meeting was held of representatives of the Ministry of culture and office of the legal adviser of the government, which was devoted to relations with Miri Regev and cultural figures.
According to the Walla News website, at this meeting, the Deputy legal adviser to the government of Dina Zilber recalled Miri Regev that it 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.
According to the Walla News website on 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 promised to continue to talk about the principles that, in its opinion, are of national significance.
Walla News writes that, summing up the meeting, the legal adviser to the government away Mandelblit also asked Miri Regev to refrain from threats that it cannot execute because it does not have the necessary permissions.
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