Works at German art festival cause stir over anti-Israel, anti-Semitic nature

Anti-Semitic images at a leading art festival in Germany are being removed or covered up after German Jewish organizations and the Israeli embassy in Berlin came together to denounce a biased curation.

The images appeared at Documenta 15, a leading arts festival that takes place every five years in the German city of Kassel. The Jewish groups and top German officials, including Germany’s anti-Semitism commissioner at the federal level, Felix Klein, had stated that Jew-hatred on display is indisputable and inexcusable.

“Elements being portrayed in certain exhibits are reminiscent of propaganda used by [chief propagandist of the Nazi Party Joseph] Goebbels and his goons during darker times in German history,” said Shira Ben Tzion, spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in Berlin, in a tweet. “All red lines have not only been crossed; they have been shattered.”

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