‘King Bibi’ Netanyahu statue attacked by Israeli culture minister – The Guardian

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A gilded statue of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, erected in a Tel Aviv square and dubbed “King Bibi” by its guerrilla-artist creator, has caused bemusement from passersby and condemnation from the country’s culture minister.

Sculptor Itay Zaliet told reporters on Tuesday he placed the 13ft effigy on a white pedestal in Rabin Square, adjacent to the city hall, to test the limits of freedom of expression in Israel.



Sculptor Itay Zaliet said he had put up the statue to test the limits of freedom of expression in Israel. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

The Israeli government and artists have been locked in a so-called “culture war” over steps by the culture minister, Miri Regev, to withhold state funds from institutions that do not express loyalty to the state.

In a Facebook post after the sculpture was erected, Regev called it an…

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