The manager of the Al Midan Theater in Haifa announced Saturday he was leaving his post, days after the Haifa Municipality unfroze funding to the controversial theater.
According to Adnan Tarabash's family, the manager suffered a car accident several days ago and needs to rest. The theater's legal advisor, Ghassan Abu Warda, will take over as acting manager.
Al Midan confirmed the claim that the decision was in no way related to the public storm that erupted in May when it was revealed the theater was running a play based on the life story of Walid Daka, a convicted terrorist.
Culture Minister Miri Regev halted state funding to the theater in June after public pressure from the family of IDF soldier Moshe Tamam, killed by Daka in 1984, and the Almagor terror victim's organization.
However, Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav reinstated municipal funding on Thursday after a commission of inquiry determined the city must not stop its NIS 1.25 million to the theater.
Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman quickly denounced Yahav's decision and demanded the mayor resign for his confusion "between freedom of speech and freedom to incite."
Responding Saturday to Tarabash's decision to temporarily step down, Liberman attacked the theater for transferring power to Adalah – the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel.
"The manager of the Al Midan Theater resigned and transferred power to the Adalah organization," Liberman asserted. "Now the theater says it will try to get funding from Arab officials abroad and possibly Qatar."
"I suggest the theater and its actors move to, perform in and permanently remain in Qatar, because Israel has no place for supporters of terror."