A London hospital has removed an artwork allegedly made by Gaza schoolchildren after pressure from the Zionist organization UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI). In his February 9 letter, the organization said Jewish patients approached the group for “help” and felt “vulnerable, harassed and victimized” by the painting. said. The letter was not a formal legal complaint, but suggested legal proceedings.
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital exhibited work in 2012. The exhibit was a collaborative effort with the hospital, the associated Chelsea Community Hospital School, and his two schools in Gaza. According to the project description, Palestinian students sent in photos of “everyday life” and London schoolchildren transferred them to plates. The completed work was displayed near the entrance of the hospital’s pediatric outpatient wing.
UKLFI called the work “anti-Israeli propaganda” and disputed the two illustrations and the short text accompanying them. One text reads, “The olive branch is a symbol of peace used to express the desire for an independent Palestinian state.” UKFLI said the work depicts the flag of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock, a Muslim holy site on the Temple Mount. The group said the painting implied that Jerusalem and its place would “become part of the Palestinian state”, adding that it was “offensive for Jews to see the Palestinian flag over the most sacred site”. ” he added.
UKFLI also complained of a text stating that the Palestinian coastline “stretches for 224 km from Rafah in the south to Ras al-Naqoura in the north”, and that the description covers the coast of Israel, and the Israeli claimed to “deny” the existence of
Censorship of pro-Palestinian artists and works of art has made headlines in Europe over the past year. In September, artists expressed their outrage at the documenta 15 festival, suggesting the council not show films containing “anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist elements” and portraying Israel as “fascist”.1 In May, the German government’s Anti-Semitism Commissioner criticized Jewish photographers’ stance on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Last year, the Chancellor of the University of Manchester in England was said to have been sacked because of him. A decision to allow the display of pro-Palestinian statements. Twenty artists have since withdrawn their work from the exhibition.
in response to hypersensitivityIn response to a request for comment on . said the spokesperson. “We apologize that the removal of this artwork offended some communities and the content offended others.”