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Israel and Palestine’s Battle Along the Canals

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Sometimes the struggle between nations doesn’t always stay within their own borders. Case in point, at this year’s prestigious architectural and design exhibition in Venice, the Biennale Architettura, which is to start on Sunday, the Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine have called for the event’s organizers to remove Israel’s exhibit, “Life Saver: Typology of Commemoration in Israel.” And, once more, tempers are flaring. The Palestinian group thinks the exhibit makes victims out of the Israelis, whereas the Israeli side believes the exhibit does nothing more than help mourn their dead. Here’s some:

The Israeli entry, ‘Life Saver: Typology of Commemoration in Israel,’ depicts 15 structures established in the memory of those who died in Israel’s wars and the Holocaust. The APJP argues that the entry ‘totally excludes the Palestinians, who are the target and real victims of the seemingly unending series of wars being memorialized, and awards Israel the sole position of victim and victor.’

The Anti-Defamation League praised world renowned architect Lord Richard Rogers for opposing the proposed ban of Israel. Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, said the British group’s call for the ban, ‘was yet another attempt to hijack a cultural event in order to exclude one country and one country only: Israel, and conforms to a recurring pattern of unrepresentative activist groups trying to remove Israeli professionals from participation in the international academic, cultural and sporting arenas.

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