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A statue of Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev sat on Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning. The statue, placed by the artist Itai Zalait, shows the minister in a dress standing in front of a mirror next to a sign that reads "In the heart of the nation."
The event apparently protested against the "loyalty bill" initiated by Regev, who passed a first reading of the week in Knesset.
"It's my right as an artist to express himself in the square," said Zalait in an interview to Army Radio. "We're not sure we'll be able to do it in a few years."
Regev thanked Zalait for the statue. "The last three years," Regev said, "I have done a lot of placing a mirror in front of the Israeli cultural world and reveal the exclusion of the entire population and the protection of those who think of themselves as the heart of nation.
"Yes, the people are my mirror in all its parts," she added. "The principles of cultural justice are what are reflected in front of my eyes before Cinderella's history and the legendary statement" Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What are the greatest injustices for all of them? " ""
In a similar event, in August 2017, the city of Jerusalem removed a golden statue of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor, who was placed by an unknown artist in front of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and removed by the police.
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A golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was placed in Rabin Square in December 2016 and lowered by civilians. Also created by Zalait, it stood next to a sign that read "This is the golden calf, the worship of the statue." The municipality requested that it be removed because of the absence of permission for placement.
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