'It's Just Pure Hate': Paul Bronfman On Why He Withdrew Support To York U Over Painting
"It's not artistry, it's just pure hate,' Bronfman told the National Post. 'This poster is more than a piece of art - it is propaganda, and a clear call to murder,' wrote Avi Benolo, president of the Simon Wiesenthal Center For Holocaust Studies..."
Canadian Jewish News CJN): Bronfman Pulls Support From York Over Mural
"Media Mogul Paul Bronfman, a major player in Canada's entertainment industry has withdrawn his support for York University's film and creative programs over a controversial mural hanging in the university's student centre.
'As a Canadian, never mind as a Jew, the fact the administration would allow this piece of garbage to be displayed in a student lounge...This is something concrete I could point to and say 'Take that down or you'll lose our support,' Bronfman told CJN
The painting in question, entitled 'Palestinian Roots', was a winner in a student art contest and has hung in the student centre since 2013. It depicts a man holding rocks looking at a field and a bulldozer. On his back is a Palestinian flag and a map of Israel. Underneath the painting are the words, 'justice' and 'peace' in several languages.
The painting has been the subject of controversy sicne it was first chosen, and Jewish student groups have complained to the administration about it, arguing the painting promotes violence toward Israel.
The Centre For Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) concurs that the painting should have come down long ago. 'It is unfortunate that the irresponsible decision of the Student Centre has put film students at York at a tremendous disadvantage, as they will no longer benefit from the multiple resources contributed by this generous donor,' added Joel Reitman, CIJA's GTA co-chair."