Israel's ambassador to Sweden destroyed artwork depicting Palestinian suicide bomber

Published January 17th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

Israel's ambassador to Sweden destroyed an artwork depicting a Palestinian suicide bomber in a Stockholm museum on Friday, Swedish radio reported on Saturday.  

 

The artwork, entitled "Snow White and the Madness of Truth," consisted of a rectangular basin filled with red water on which floated a boat carrying a portrait of Islamic Jihad suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat, who killed herself and 21 others in an attack at the Maxim restaurant in Haifa on October 4, 2003. 

 

Public service SR radio news said Mazel furiously ripped out electrical wires attached to the artwork and threw a spotlight in the basin. 

 

The artists who created the piece are Dror Feiler an Israeli who resides in Sweden, and Gunilla Skold Feiler, his Swedish wife. Feiler, who described the ambassador's actions as "vandalism" was to have performed at the exhibition, but declared that he would not perform as long as Mazel was present, Haaretz website reported. Museum director Kristian Berg then requested that Mazel leave, and escorted him out of the exhibition hall. 

 

Feiler said that Mazel "tried to stop free speech and free artistic expression from being carried out in Sweden." 

 

Berg said that destroying art was unacceptable. (Albawaba.com)

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