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January 29, 2016 10:08 am

Campaign Accuses Left-Wing Israeli Artists of Being ‘Foreign Agents’

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A poster from Im Tirtzu's campaign against Israeli artists it claims are disloyal to Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

A poster from Im Tirtzu’s campaign against Israeli artists it claims are disloyal to Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.org – The right-wing Zionist group Im Tirtzu, known for its campaigns that expose anti-Zionist activity by Israeli NGOs, on Wednesday launched a new campaign accusing left-wing Israeli artists of being disloyal to the country.

The Israeli actors, writers, directors, and “intellectuals” in posters published online by Im Tirtzu are accused of acting as “foreign agents in the cultural world.”

“They are members of foreign agent organizations operating with foreign government funding…against the State of Israel,” one poster says. The campaign names about 100 people from the worlds of cinema, theater, publishing, and television, including famous Israeli authors Amos Oz and David Grossman.

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“We’re sick of funding ‘artists’ who support mole organizations. This is disregard for the state of Israel and its values,” said Matan Peleg, the director of Im Tirtzu.

Critics of Im Tirtzu’s new campaign have dubbed the initiative “Israeli McCarthyism.” Although some media reports are trying to connect recent Im Tirtzu campaigns with Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelt Shaked, both members of the Jewish Home political party, Bennett and Shaked have distanced themselves from Im Tirtzu. Shaked recently authored a controversial Israeli Knesset bill on NGO transparency. The bill’s comparison of some Israeli NGOs to “foreign agents” mirrors the language of Im Tirtzu’s NGO campaigns.

“The campaign against the artists is embarrassing, needless, and disgraceful,” Bennett wrote on Twitter.

“It does not serve any agenda and I do not think this is a proper campaign,” Shaked told Army Radio, according to Reuters.

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  • z

    They are foreign agents and it’s good that they are finally recognized as such. The “artists” are just the tip of the iceberg, really. Many in the Israeli gov and media need to be looked at as well, and should be run out of the country. There’s nothing to be apologetic about. These people are pure scum.

  • Stein

    On this point, I tend to agree with Im Tirtzu.

    Altho I am centrist (perhaps left leaning), I feel this is a case where Jewish dissidents need to trust that the diverse traditions of Judaism are able to reach the right answers.

    Resorting to inflaming Nonjews against fellow Jews, is wrongminded for several reasons.

  • Reeducate them in Torah and send their rancid ideas back to france, germanies and poland

    Reeducate them in Torah and send their rancid ideas back to france, germanies and poland

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