Politics: Caught in a culture war cross fire

‘When I hear the word ‘culture,’ that’s when I reach for my pistol!’’ – so goes the infamous line by pro-Nazi playwright Hanns Johst that is often mistakenly attributed to Hermann Goring. While the confluence of art and politics is usually not quite that violent, the line aptly illustrates the potential combustibility of the combination.

That’s certainly been the case in this country in recent years, due to two factors: the determination of Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev to use the power of her office to influence the local arts scene along her own political lines, and the targeting of Israeli artists and cultural bodies by the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for ideological purposes that run directly counter to Regev’s agenda.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Politics-Caught-in-a-culture-war-cross-fire-471065

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