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NIF Slams Bennett for Honoring the Dead

Bennett rejects "art" exhibit of dead bodies; NIF asks whether that also applies to Lady Gaga performance.
Economics Minister and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett

Economics Minister and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett
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The New Israel Fund has slammed Economy Minister Naftali Bennett for his strong stance in favor of Jewish tradition, and particularly to Jewish attitudes towards the respect due to human remains.

The Free Israel movement, a member of the New Israel Fund, had applied for permission to bring an exhibition of plastinated dead bodies to Israel. The individuals in question had reportedly donated their bodies to science before their deaths.

Bennett rejected the request, saying the exhibition violated basic Jewish standards of honoring the dead.

These exhibits are considered very controversial, starting with the basic concept of displaying dead bodies, to the question of where the bodies actually came from.

For years, there have been reports that bodies for some of these exhibits were harvested from Chinese prisoners. In 2012, France prohibited the exhibit for a while, and various US states and countries have strict regulations and even prohibitions against the exhibit.

While it is unclear whether NIF wants to host the exhibition for its scientific or artistic value, the group launched a particularly inane question at Bennett in a statement, asking whether his objection to the exhibition of dead bodies would also lead him to prohibit the appearance by popular music star Lady Gaza next month.

“Minister Bennett, like his friends in the Haredi political parties (apparently the NIF is unaware that Bennett and the Haredi parties are rather fierce political enemies – MHS) believes that he should determine (the appropriate border between Israel’s self-definition as a Jewish democracy).

“We say clearly that every individual should choose what exhibition to go to and what things to avoid. If there is enough interest in this exhibit, then apparently it would measure up to the Jewish democratic standards of the public. IN short – let us decide what is appropriate and what is not. Don’t force your Orthodox beliefs on us,” the NIF said.

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19 Responses to “NIF Slams Bennett for Honoring the Dead”

  1. לא יכול להיות מי שאני רוצה להיות ומצווה
    איך אשיר את שיר יהוה על אדמת נכר
    אמ אשכחכ יראושליימ תשכח ימיני

  2. Mike Burke says:

    While plastination of human remains are fascinating, and are an interesting tool for medical training (which computer simulations simply cannot match), I muist say I find the use of them as an ‘art’ exhibit in poor taste…and hardly what I could consider the subjects donated their bodies to be, frankly. And IF the bodies are derived from Chinese executions, that is simply ghoulish and getting into Burke & hare territory of killing cadavers for experimentation.

    So 1822!

  3. Judith Cohen says:

    cant the NIF find a more appropriate and tasteful exhibition- lets retain some Jewish values in this country-no wonder the Palestinians feel that they can take possession of the country.

  4. Is this the Von Hagen’s exhibition? I saw it is London some years ago and I would agree with Bennett. It violates Jewish rules regarding the dead.

  5. Janek El says:

    he is right. that German guy is some sort of neo Nazi and those exhibitions are truly horrific. I don’t understand what business is it of NIF’s?

  6. Bennett is absolutely right.

  7. NIF is Erev Rav and anti Israel for those who doesn't know.

  8. Naftalie I salute you

  9. I’m with Naftali Bennett. Such exhibits are grotesque beyond imagining.

  10. Adam Green says:

    NIF is bull****, Bennett is great and has the support of real Jews worldwide

  11. n i f sounds creepy.

  12. Alex Karelin says:

    New Israel Fraud

  13. Hinda Rich says:

    Kol Hakavod Bennett

  14. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Don't bring your filthy exhibit here!

  15. Stephen Green says:

    We'll done Bennett for showing respect to those who have passed on. Maybe the NIF cronies could ask for volunteers from thier own organisation?

  16. Anonymous says:

    The New Israel Fund should begin with exhibits of people urinating in public. Then perhaps a defecation show, and then finally, topping the show off…the dead body show. Imagine, anybody being disgusted with their selection of exhibits. It just boggles the mind!

  17. What a disgusting exhibition-good on you Bennett for refusing. NIF only wants to force its will on the people of Israel and an attack on their integrity. This not art but cannibalism and nepotism- both are condemned by the Bible-only practiced by heathen who hate the G-d of the Bible.

  18. Naftali do not cave in on this one like Bibi, you are 100% right. I am an artist and think that this exhibit is despicable, don't let them do it.

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