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"Snow White and the Madness of Truth" which is displayed at Stockholm's Museum of National Antiquities, features a sailboat on a pool of red water with a photo of the smiling female suicide bomber, Hanada Jaradat, who murdered 22 Israeli Jews and Arabs in an October 4th attack on a restaurant in Haifa, Israel.
Israel has demanded that Sweden dismantle the inflammatory exhibition after the Swedish government gave assurances, in advance, that the Middle East conflict would not be included in the exhibition. The inclusion of this exhibit is a clear violation on what was agreed upon. While artists have the right of freedom of expression, they should be challenged when they try to depict terror and mayhem as a virtue. The artwork was designed by Israeli-born Dror Feiler and his Swedish wife Gunilla Skoeld Feiler.
The exhibition is linked to next week's January 26 – 28 "Preventing Genocide" conference in Stockholm hosted by the Swedish government in which 60 countries are scheduled to participate, including Israel.
The government of Sweden has championed the exhibit under the rubric of artistic freedom even though it glorifies suicide bombings. But what is Sweden prepared to do for the real victims of terror? No nation has yet had the courage to officially come forward to declare suicide bombing a 'crime against humanity'. We believe that now is precisely the right time for Sweden to show leadership and responsibility in combating international terrorism by joining the Center's campaign to declare any suicide bombing against any nation, a 'crime against humanity'. Such a move, unlike the display at the Stockholm Museum, would delegitimize terrorists rather than glorify them.
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