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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

 

Palestine Art Exhibit Stirs Controversy

James Harithas, curator of the "Made In Palestine" art show currently showing in San Francisco, says that he was told by people that "they would lose their museum funding if they were to hold an exhibit that was pro-Palestinian.

"Once the current show draws to a close on 21 April, organisers suspect it could be curtains for the exhibition."

Two New York legislators, George Oros and Jim Maisano, protesting fundraising "called the exhibition "a promotion of terrorism and anti-Israel and well as anti-American.

"Assemblyman Ryan Karben called on county executives to cancel the fundraiser, because the artists' works promoted terrorism and violence.

"We are dealing with immense ignorance here and it's unfortunate that people have one image of Palestinians and automatically deny anything created by the Palestinian people," Harithas told Aljazeera.net.

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