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(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
“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.
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
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