Regev: No platform for IDF refuser

Minister of Culture Miri Regev lambasts Tel Aviv Cinemateque for hosting event celebrating IDF objector.

Tal Polon,

Miri Regev
Miri Regev
Flash 90

According to Mako, Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev has sent a letter to Attorney General Avichai Mandelbilt, petitioning him to withhold governmental aid to large movie-house Tel Aviv Cinemateque, for allowing an upcoming event, celebrating the release of IDF refuser Tair Kaminer from military prison, to take place on its premises.

The event, titled "In honor of Draft Refuser Tair Kaminer," is to take place at the Cinemateque in early August, and is to be hosted by the left-wing film festival "Solidarity: Cinema, Activism, and Human Rights" and anti-Israel group "Yesh Gvul" [There is a Limit].

"We're talking about an event that encourages refusal to serve in the IDF," wrote Regev to the Attorney General. "We're not talking about refusal of a specific order that goes against one's conscience, but entire refusal to serve in the IDF at all-- something which goes against Israeli law, for which Ta'ir sat in military prison.

"I see it as a severe offense when an institution of culture funded by the government gives a platform to illegal activity," wrote Regev. "I would request from you to instruct the legal bodies in your office to find a legal means of preventing funding for an institution of culture that gives a platform to activity subversive to the State."

In response, Tel Aviv Cinemateque said that they were simply providing space for a private event: "We're talking about a private event. The space has been rented by the organizers," reported Mako.