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Demonstration for Palestine in Exeter

Issue No. 2173

On the protest  (Pic: Mike Gurney)

On the protest (Pic: Mike Gurney)

Protesters from Exeter Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) gathered outside the opening of the “Forest Tunes” art exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in the Natural World on Sunday of last week.

The protesters objected to the exhibition being part-funded by the Israeli government. 

The Arts Centre has refused to return the funding or to issue a statement distancing itself from Israeli government policies towards the Palestinians.

The eco-artist Shai Zakai, who staged the exhibition, also refused to distance herself from the Israeli government.

She has previously officially represented the Israeli ministry of foreign affairs at international forums.

James Matthews, an artist who was supporting the protest, said, “Following a talk from the artist there was a question and answer session.

“However Shai Zakai refused to answer my questions about the environmental destruction that Israel has inflicted on the Palestinians, saying it was not relevant to her work.”

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Tue 13 Oct 2009, 18:11 BST
Issue No. 2173
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