French Jews: Museum's Suicide Bomber Photo Show 'Unacceptable'
Jews in France are up in arms over a photo exhibition at a state-funded museum in Paris glorifying Arab terrorism in general, and suicide bombing in particular.
The exhibition, called “Death,” features photos of terrorist suicide bombers before going on murderous rampages that cost the lives of hundreds of Jews and Israelis, and the aftermath of their terror attacks.
Photos feature images of the terrorists at home, with siblings and parents, photos of the terrorists as schoolchildren, pictures of weeping mothers after their children blew themselves up, and other images aimed at “humanizing” the terrorists.
The exhibition of 68 photos by photographer Ahlam Shibli opened on May 28 at the Jeu de Paume Museum of Contemporary Art in Paris. According to the museum, the photos depict “the struggles of those who lost their lives fighting against the occupation, and the efforts of Palestinian society to preserve their presence.”
Roger Cukierman, president of CRIF, the umbrella group of French Jewish organizations, called the exhibition “unacceptable. You have the right to be shocked when an apology for terrorists is made in the heart of Paris. And to think this is a state-funded museum,” he said.
Cukierman wrote a letter of protest to France's culture minister. In response, Aurélie Filipetti wrote that as distasteful as himself may find the exhibition, there can be “no limits to freedom of expression.”