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Secret statue in Tel Aviv depicts controversial Israeli minister

A statue of controversial Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev was erected secretly in Tel Aviv Thursday in an apparent protest against legislation opponents say will restrict artistic freedom. The larger-than-life statue of Regev in a short-sleeved flowing white dress appeared in the square outside Israel s national theatre, Habimah, with a small sign nearby reading #InTheHeartOfTheNation. The sculpture faced into a huge mirror in what many saw as a reference to the magic looking-glass in the Snow White story. The work, by Israeli artist Itay Zalait, drew the attention of the press and passers-by who came to get a glimpse before its inevitable removal, as it had been set up without a permit. The outspoken Regev has drawn the ire of Israel s cultural establishment with a long series of statements and acts. Most recently she promoted a bill that would cut public subsidies to cultural organisations accused of not showing loyalty to the state. Zalait was circumspect on the statue s ...

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