‘TA is de­tached from pub­lic’

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By TAMARA ZIEVE

Among a list of artists set to be hon­ored by the Tel Aviv mu­nic­i­pal­ity is Ariel Bronz – fa­mous for hav­ing stuck a flag up his bot­tom at a con­fer­ence – a choice that has drawn the ire of Cul­ture Min­is­ter Miri Regev. She used the ex­am­ple of Bronz to swiftly de­fend her con­tro­ver­sial “Cul­tural Loy­alty Bill.”

In 2016, theater artist Bronz – who de­scribes him­self as “post-post-Zion­ist” – was forced off stage at a cul­tural con­fer­ence put on by Haaretz af­ter he shoved a white flag into his pos­te­rior.

Sev­eral me­dia out­lets had er­ro­neously re­ported that it was an Is­raeli flag, but an im­age from the event showed Bronz hold­ing a white, un­marked flag.

“[This is] an­other great ex­am­ple of why I should ur­gently ad­vance the Law of Loy­alty in Cul­ture,” Regev said. “Bronz is not a sym­bol of a prom­ise but a sym­bol of defama­tion.” The Tel Aviv-Jaffa mu­nic­i­pal­ity, who stood be­hind this de­ci­sion, shows how “dis­con­nected it is from the pub­lic’s feel­ings.”

Ap­peal­ing to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Hul­dai, she said: “the time has come for you to un­der­stand what most of the Is­raeli pub­lic un­der­stands: artists who hu­mil­i­ate the sym­bol of the state are not wor­thy of a prize or of sup­port from the au­thor­i­ties.”

The Rosen­blum Prize which Bronz won, con­sisted of a NIS 9,000 award in the cat­e­gory of “young and promis­ing [artists].”

Other win­ners in­clude chore­og­ra­pher Roee Asaf and play­wrights Roee Malih-Reshef, Daniel Botzer, Shay Shab­tai and Noa Shechter. The prize for out­stand­ing artists went to Etti Ben-Zaken, mu­si­cian Orit Wolf, mu­si­cian Raz Co­hen and ac­tress Ta­hel Ran. Con­duc­tor Anat Morag won the Life­time Achieve­ment Award, and ac­tor Al­bert Co­hen re­ceived a prize for out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

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