*Photo: The play ‘Palestine: Year Zero’ cancelled a few days before premiere.
Our digest of news from Israel’s cultural war against the Palestinians
A word in the mayor’s ear
Last year, the ‘Cultural Loyalty’ Bill, which would have withdrawn funding from cultural productions deemed to be anti-Israel, failed to win the approval of the Knesset.
The Bill may have died, but its principles live on.
Ha’aretz (9thDecember 2018) reports that Avigdor Yitzakhi, head of Israel’s state-run lottery, has successfully pressured the mayor of Kabul, a Palestinian-majority town in the north of Israel, to cancel a play whose plot involves the demolition of Palestinian homes. Performances of ‘Palestine: Year Zero’ were cancelled a few days before its first performance.