censors and sensibility

by marjorieingall on September 21, 2011

In this week’s Tablet magazine column:

Jewish organizations force the cancellation of a (yes, biased) show of Palestinian kids’ art. Organizer of show cries censorship. Organizer of show had herself tried to shut down a speech by Benjamin Netanyahu in 2000, saying, “He has a right to free speech, but we have a right to try and stop him.”

CENSORSHIP: EVERYBODY LOSES.

CENSORSHIP: IT’S NOT OK WHEN YOU DO IT.

CENSORSHIP: NO REALLY, UR DOING IT.

Not sure which slogan I’d choose here.

To recap: The organizer’s view of this complex conflict is one-sided. The museum’s decision to host the show was misguided. The museum’s decision to succumb to pressure to drop the show was chicken. The museum’s claim that it was dropping the show because of the violence of its imagery (though the museum has hosted two other shows of children’s wartime art since 2004) was disingenuous. The Jewish organizations’ efforts to get the show closed down rather than working with the museum to create a less biased show is pathetic. MASSIVE SUCKAGE ALL AROUND.

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