Israel official destroys Palestinian artwork

Israel's ambassador to Sweden has destroyed an artwork depicting a Palestinian bomber.

    Jaradat was a 29-year old lawyer from the West Bank

    Swedish radio reported that Ambassador Zvi Mazel vandalised the

    Stockholm museum piece, called "Snow White and the Madness

    of Truth",

     on Friday.

    The art installation

    consisted of a rectangular basin filled with red

    water on which floated a boat carrying a portrait of bomber

     Hanadi

    Jaradat.

    The Palestinian woman killed herself and 19 others in an attack in the

    Israeli port city of Haifa in October.

    'Furious' ambassador 

    Ambassador Mazel was among the guests at the opening of

    the Historical Museum's exhibition linked to an international

    anti-genocide conference to be held in Stockholm in

    January.

    Public service SR radio news said Mazel furiously ripped out

    electrical wires attached to the art work and threw a spotlight

    in the basin.

    After the bombing the Israelis
    destroyed Jaradat's family home 

    "This was not a piece of art," Mazel told SR. "It was a

    monstrosity. An obscene distortion of reality."

    Kristian Berg, the museum's director, said he realised the

    installation may have been emotional for Mazel, but that

    destroying art was unacceptable.

    Human bombings 

    "If you don't like what you see, you can leave the

    premises," he said.

    Human bombings by Palestinians on Israeli targets have killed scores

     of soldiers and civilians in recent years.

    Israelis often cite the bombings as examples of "Palestinian terrorism", and use them as a juustification to crack down on Palestinian resistance groups.

    However, many Palestinians believe the bombings are the only effective weapon a brutalised and defenceless people has against a heavily armed enemy.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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