Police grill artist for defecating on Israeli flag

Investigators question Natali Cohen Vaxberg for fifth time over 2014 video in which she relieved herself on national symbols

Controversial actress Natali Cohen Vaxberg (YouTube/screenshot)
Controversial actress Natali Cohen Vaxberg (YouTube/screenshot)

Police questioned a controversial artist last week for the fifth time over a video she published last year in which she defecated on the national flag.

Natali Cohen Vaxberg posted a video online of herself defecating on the country’s national flag. She was placed under house arrest for a few days in November 2014, several months after it was released.

Vaxberg, who has gained notoriety for similar stunts, was detained for questioning and placed under house arrest in Tel Aviv last November for defiling a national symbol, a police spokeswoman told AFP at the time.

The police told Haaretz Saturday that anytime there’s suspected criminal activity, officers investigate, and that the decision to press charges was up to the relevant authorities.

Cohen Vaxberg’s video, entitled “Shit Instead of Blood,” features her in a bathroom squatting over — and defecating on — various national flags from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the Americas, including those of Israel and the Palestinians.

The video, first posted in mid-July, is overlaid with music by classical composer Frederic Chopin.

Cohen Vaxberg, who is described by local media as holding extreme left-wing views, earlier in 2014 courted controversy in another video filmed at Jerusalem’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem.

In that video, she gives a speech posing as the Holocaust itself and saying it was the “best thing” to happen to Jews, because it led to the creation of Israel and the persecution of Palestinians.

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