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The Bundestag’s culture committee deals with anti-Semitism scandals

The culture committee of the Bundestag will deal with the anti-Semitism scandals at the Kassel documenta in its next meeting next week. The chairman of the committee, the SPD deputy Katrin Budde, told the Jewish General when asked. The meeting on July 6 will be open to the public, with one hour allotted for the hearing and discussion, according to Budde.

GUESTS In addition to documenta General Director Sabine Schormann and Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth (Bündnis90/Die Grünen), representatives of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the Indonesian curator collective ruangrupa and “possibly other guests to the meeting” were also invited, Budde said in an email this newspaper with me.

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A work by the Indonesian artist collective Taring Padi caused a wave of outrage because of its massively anti-Semitic imagery, and the banner was removed on Tuesday evening last week. Now the other documenta exhibits are to be examined with a view to the anti-Semitism scandal.

In the run-up to the world art show in Kassel, the political stance of some curators and actors had already been heavily criticized because they are close to the BDS movement, which was anti-Semitic according to the Bundestag resolution of 2019. This advocates a boycott of Israel. No Jewish artists from Israel are invited to documenta fifteen. ag / mth

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