Bezalel Academy of Art and Design says the protest today by its students who taped up their mouths stems from a fear that their freedom of speech is under threat in an ongoing row over provocative drawings of Netanyahu.
“Students at Bezalel, as are artists around the world, feel very passionately about their work,” says Bezalel spokesperson Michal Turgeman, in a statement sent to the media.
“The events at our academy over the past few days have touched on the passion of many of our students. The peaceful bipartisan demonstration that our students held today was against the potential threat to their freedom of speech,” she says.
“As an institute of higher education, we have a responsibility to not only teach our students to maintain their right to self-expression, but to also balance that with responsibility towards the power of their work. Striking that balance is always tricky, but something that students, their teachers, and our institution must continue to strive for.”