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Before an emergency conference of the world of culture to be held tomorrow, Hami Rodner says: "In a Knesset controlled by extremists and Christians, those who do not express support for the government will not be invited to appear in local councils."

Gila Almagor speaks at the artists' protest "Culture, Freedom, Democracy" in Beit Ariela Square, March 16, 2023 (Sagi Ben Nun)

Hundreds of artists, creators and other demonstrators came to an emergency rally of the Israeli art and culture world taking place in the plaza of the Beit Ariela library in Tel Aviv.

The creators express sympathy with the protest against the legal revolution.

Participants in the rally include Gila Almagor, Benny Barbash, Ilana Bernstein, Miki Gabrielov, Gil Dor, Roni Hadar, C. Heyman, Danny Weiss, Yenz Levy, Ahinoam Nini, Adi Ness, Tomer Efron, Dror Keren, Hami Rodner, Renana Raz, Ilan Scheinfeld, Diti Ronen and the "Play the Democracy" orchestra.

In her speech, Gila Almagor said: "We are calling here with a loud voice: Stop the harsh legislation, which is tearing Israeli society apart. Sit down, speak up, use your good thinking. After all, you have become members of the Knesset, ministers, this is a tremendous achievement, take advantage of the common sense that has been given to you God, the education you received. Why are you wasting it on evil?! Draconian laws, one and another and one and another. Shame and shame! Look at what's happening in the streets, people are coming out in droves, don't you see it? Don't you hear it? Shame!" .

"Without democracy there is no free culture," said the organizers of the rally, "the initiatives to change the regime in Israel threaten the continuation of democracy in Israel. Alongside them, we are witnessing a host of legislative initiatives that directly concern the cultural and creative lives of artists and artists, creators, writers, poets, in Israel, including - The National Library Law, the law to close the cultural stations of the Radio Corporation here, the amendment to the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom, a commitment to a declaration of allegiance to the state, and dozens of other laws and regulations that undermine Israeli democracy, pluralistic and free culture, freedom of expression and creativity in Israel. Therefore, it was decided to make the voice of culture heard on All its nuances and to hold an emergency rally on the National Resistance Day."

Gila Almagor (Photo: Reuven Castro)

Miki Gabrielov (Photo: Reuven Castro)

"I am also filled with anxiety - but also with hope," he told Walla last night!

The culture of the musician Hami Rodner, one of the participants of the demonstration tomorrow.

"I think that the understandable anxiety is now felt by all Israelis, from all sides. I'm quite sure that both people who define themselves as right-wing, and also those who support this government, feel a loss of direction. And of course people who do not support the government."

"Like anyone who studied citizenship in high school, I think that the principle of separation of powers is a principle that normal citizens cannot live without. The government is motivated by interests, especially of very rich people, and the public good is not at the forefront of their minds. Since we are a very complex society, there must be checks and balances here. This is the democratic game."

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The artists' protest (photo: Reuven Castro)

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"I'm afraid," Rodner added, "that we are at the threshold of a not far-fetched scenario, that in a Knesset controlled by extremist and Christian people, the texts I write and express in them could come across badly to someone, and people who do not express support for the government will not be invited to appear in local councils. This is not far-fetched. Already There were things from before."

"The rock and roll culture that I grew out of, and I have a part in growing it, is based on free expression, critical observation and a protest approach. I'm pretty sure that in a culture that has no tolerance, that has tolerance only to the nationalist and religious front, much of Israeli music would not have grown. And Israeli music is, in my eyes, the achievement The greatest of Zionism. Neither Arik nor Shalom nor Beehive would grow if there was no freedom of expression, freedom of thought and freedom of expression."

Along with the anxiety, Rodner also felt a certain hope.

"I have hope, because I don't think there has ever been a civil awakening in Israel as overwhelming and positive and as self-aware and embracing as there is now. I'm sure no one expected this reaction. For the first time a united democratic camp has arisen in Israel, despite the politicians who are supposed to unite the camp The one that they are smaller than the protest."

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