Finance Minister Yair Lapid defended a museum exhibit that encourages visitors
to throw shoes at a picture of his face, in his weekly email message that he
sent to his supporters over the weekend.
The Ein Harod Artist Village
Museum, south of Haifa, is currently featuring an exhibit by Netanya-born
sculptor Dror Karta that protests Lapid’s policies, including a raise in taxes
on alcohol. The visitors are told that if they succeed in hitting Lapid’s face
with their shoes, they will receive a free shot of arak if they are adults and
lemonade if they are children.
“I appreciate all the people who
complained when they heard about the museum where shoes are being thrown at my
picture, but I don’t think anything should be done about it,” Lapid wrote his
supporters. “Freedom of expression is much more important than my personal
honor, and I support the artist’s right to attack me. Young artists are
supposed to be rejectionist and anti-establishment. Our role [in Yesh
Atid] is to work and change things.”
In the message to his supporters,
Lapid defended his policies, including lowering National Insurance Institute
allotments given to families with children.
He said the decision
fulfilled a campaign promise, much like electoral reform initiatives and
drafting yeshiva students, which are currently being legislated.
proven that campaign promises can be kept in a way no one thought was possible
before,” Lapid wrote. “But that won’t prevent our opponents to shout that we are
not keeping promises. We also learned that no one, no matter how cynical
and doubting, can sell us anymore that a group of people who believe in
something with all their hearts cannot make real changes.”
explained in the letter how his initiatives would help low-income earners,
working single mothers and Holocaust survivors.