Three law enforcement officials have been injured in an incident on the Haifa Museum of Artwork in Haifa, Israel on Friday, as tons of of Arab Christian protesters tried to interrupt into the constructing to take away a sculpture depicting a crucified likeness of McDonald’s mascot Ronald McDonald. Native police used tear gasoline and stun grenades to regulate the group of protesters, a few of whom have been hurling rocks, the Impartial reviews. The protest occurred one night time after a firebomb was thrown into the museum.

The “McJesus” sculpture, which was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen, has been on show within the museum for a number of months as a part of a sequence referred to as “Sacred Items.” The artist says that he truly had requested that the museum take away his work a number of months in the past, after he joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions motion towards Israel, however the group ignored his request. “The information concerning the demonstrations got here to me as an upsetting shock significantly as a result of my work is within the exhibition towards my needs,” Leinonen tells the Artwork Newspaper.
Israel’s Minister of Tradition Miri Regev wrote a letter urging the museum to take away the sculpture, noting that “contempt for symbols sacred to religions and lots of believers all over the world as an act of creative protest is illegitimate and can’t be displayed in a cultural establishment supported by state funds.” The museum’s director Nissim Tal agreed to place up a warning signal about probably offensive materials on the entrance of the exhibit. In a press release, the museum additionally notes {that a} “discourse about artwork, nevertheless advanced it might be, should not spill over into violent territory and should be revered – even in charged conditions.”
One protester has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer through the Friday night time incident.
• Art work depicting Ronald McDonald as Jesus sparks violent protests in Israel [Independent]
• Arab Christians conflict violently with police in Haifa over ‘McJesus’ sculpture [Times of Israel] • A whole bunch of Christians protest towards McJesus sculpture at Haifa Museum of Artwork in Israel [The Art Newspaper]

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