PM: Don’t boycott Ariel center

Netanyahu joins debate on directors boycott of theater, explains that "cultural center is important, and Ariel is important."

November 15, 2010 02:20
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks at GA

Netanyahu GA speech 311. (photo credit: Avi Ohayon)

Israeli artists should not boycott the Ariel settlement’s new performing arts center, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the cabinet on Sunday.

“Those who advocate such a boycott will, in the end, hurt us all,” the prime minister said.

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“Anyone who considers him or herself a person of culture will deal neither in boycotts nor in attacks – neither against Israeli communities nor Israeli cabinet ministers [a reference to criticism of Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat]. I call on them to stop and I hope that they will do so,” he said.

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Over the weekend, dozens of Israeli cinema and television figures circulated an online petition against a plan by Livnat to oblige state-supported performance centers to require their artists to take the stage anywhere in Israel, including in West Bank settlements.

The move came after artists announced their intention to boycott the Ariel center, which opened last Monday.

Netanyahu, who was in New York at the time, told the cabinet he wished he had been able to attend the opening, particularly since he was involved in completing the center

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