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Israeli Freedoms

Israeli Freedoms

Re: “Trying To Gauge The Trump Effect” (Jan. 6): I object to your misrepresentation of Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev and her positions.
No one in the State of Israel “cracks down” on freedom of expression. Freedom of speech is protected in the State of Israel. The question is whether tax dollars should support projects that incite against the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, or support groups that discriminate against citizens because of where they live (whether outside of Tel Aviv or in Judea and Samaria).
Artists are free to raise money elsewhere (like the European Union) and do what they wish. Taxpayers do not need to support everything that claims to be art. The American NEH [National Endowment for the Humanities] doesn’t, so why should the Israeli Ministry of Culture?

Bar-Ilan University, Israel

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