Dozens of letters from citizens reached the municipality and Deputy Mayor Meital Lehavi, requesting the cancellation of singer Ariel Zilber's performance on the occasion of his 80th birthday at the Hall of Culture in Tel Aviv, including Deputy Mayor Meital Lehavi appealing to Mayor Huldai to order the performance to be canceled. Huldai decided not to cancel his performance.
Two weeks ago, a public uproar began surrounding singer Ariel Zilber. After Shalom Hanoch, Aviv Geffen and Arkady Duchin canceled their participation in Zilber's festive performance due to his support for Amiram Ben Uliel, who was convicted of murdering the Dawabsheh family, two of Zilber's regular bandmates, violinist Avner Kalmar and bassist Shlomi Mansour, announced that they would stop performing with him.
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At the same time, Deputy Mayor Meital Lehavi and the municipality also received letters from residents asking the municipality to cancel his appearance at the Hall of Culture. Lehavi even sent a letter to the mayor requesting that he order the cancellation of Zilber's appearance, noting in the letter that the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo is a beacon of liberalism, democracy and equality. "The city's assets are supposed to be a focal point for artists from all over the country who operate in the spirit of these values. Ariel Zilber does not hide his fanatical and extremist views, and has often made headlines for harsh statements against the gay community, the inclusion of women, or harsh and extremist nationalist statements."
"In recent days, Ariel Zilber was quoted as having donated money to the murderer of the Dawabsheh family because he is innocent," Lehavi wrote, adding: "Following Zilber's statement, I call on you, Mr. Mayor, to act to cancel Zilber's planned appearance at the Hall of Culture. Zilber's support for the murderer of the Dawabsheh family today paves the way for a campaign in support of the release of the assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin tomorrow. The murder of the Dawabsheh family is a nationalist murder that comes from the same messianic fundamentalist and extremist ideological arena, the same kind of incitement that led to the assassination of a prime minister."
Decided not to cancel the show. Ron Huldai, Photo: Yehoshua Yosef
Despite the letters, Mayor Huldai decided not to cancel the show, and the Tel Aviv municipality said in response: "The municipality does not interfere in cultural or religious content, insofar as it is not contrary to the law and the law, and it cannot enforce private conduct that is not part of the city's public space."
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