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Israeli officials slam two Arab artists -- and draw criticism in return

Israeli officials slam two Arab artists -- and draw criticism in return

Only weeks into the term of Israel’s new government, its conservative character is showing in the latest clash between politics and art in twin attempts to sanction Arab Israeli theaters. Both moves were decried by critics as undemocratic censorship while the officials defended them as safeguarding public morality. In one case, Education Minister Naftali Bennett ordered the play “A Parallel Time” removed from the so-called culture basket, the state-funded arts package for school pupils. Written by young Arab Israeli playwright Bashar Murkus, the work was inspired in part by the story of Walid Daka, an Arab citizen serving a life sentence for his role in abducting...

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