Leftist artists protest
Leftist artists protest Arutz Sheva staff

Twenty leftist protestors have gathered outside the Israeli Theater Awards ceremony at the Einav center in Tel Aviv on Friday, to protest alleged censorship from current Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud). 

The activists carried blank signs and bandages on their mouths to say they are "being silenced," so to speak. 

During the ceremony, 17 prizes will be awarded for excellence in drama for 2015. 

The protest is the continuation of controversy over Regev's decision to freeze funding for the Al Midan Theater, which hosted performances of the terror play "The Parallel Time." 

The play glorifies Walid Daka, the terrorist who abducted and murdered 19-year-old IDF soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984.

The 19-year-old Tamam was abducted and murdered by Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) terrorists from Baka al-Gharbiya as he hitched a ride with them on his way to the town of Havatzelet Hasharon. The abduction didn't occur in Judea or Samaria, but rather in the coastal region between Haifa and Tel Aviv.

After holding him captive for several days the terrorists murdered Tamam by mutilation, gouging out his eyes before cutting off parts of his body starting with his genitals and then shooting him.

The protest also likely focuses on Regev's threats to cut funding from the Haifa Theater after Arab actor Norman Issa refused to perform for "settlers" in the Jordan Valley, thereby boycotting hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens. The theater later backed down on its position when faced with Regev's pressure and lifted its boycott.