Jeff Blankfort 
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Re: “Sobering Graphic

In the past several years a number of exhibitions of Palestinian art have had to seek new venues after similar pressure was applied by the self-appointed leaders of the Bay Area Jewish community but, long overdue, it seems the times are changing. Not only was MECA able to find a better place in which the public can view this moving exhibition of Palestinian children's art, but MOCHA's cancelling of the show at the behest of the JCRC and the Anti-Defamation League became not only a local story but one that quickly traveled world-wide thanks to the internet. I suspect Rabbi Kahn and those supporters of Israel in the Jewish community who think like him will have second thoughts before trying to flex their muscles so publicly again.

The notion that the subject of this art is too "heavy" for our children to see is a flimsy excuse, not only because, as the article points out, children are exposed to images of violence on their computers and cell phones, but that previous exhibitions of children's art from war zones have never been blocked for that reason. This is an exhibition that needs to be seen. The weapons that appear in the children's drawings were paid for by US taxpayers.

Posted by Jeff Blankfort on 10/05/2011 at 9:57 PM

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