Re: Ottawa Jewish Federation condemns art exhibit at City Hall
Kudos to City Hall for standing behind the Invisible exhibit despite pressure from the Jewish Federation of Ottawa (JFO). While the official JFO complaint cites supposed "glorification" of Palestinian terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, I suspect the real source of discomfort is that the exhibit depicts the human cost of Israel's ongoing practice of settler colonialism in the occupied territories, and may leave viewers wondering about its unintended consequences, such as the radicalization of people like Mughrabi.
Art is dangerous because it allows the viewer to see past conventional wisdom to a larger truth, which is why it is a threat to established orders, and is something to be contained or even censored to those who feel they're being publicly unmasked by it. And for this reason, art is vital.