Art? Paris Museum Showcases Exhibition of Palestinian Suicide Bombers

The prestigious and government-subsidized Jeu de Paume contemporary art museum in Paris has a new exhibition that has the pro-Israel community aghast.

The exhibit, titled “Death,” features 68 photos of Palestinian suicide bombers to whom it refers not as mass murderers of Israeli civilians but as “martyrs.”

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency details the exhibit that opened on May 28:

According to CRIF, the umbrella body of French Jewish communities, the people commemorated in the photos are “mostly from the [Fatah-affiliated] al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades [of Hamas] and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.” All three are designated by the European Union as terrorist groups.

One of the photos is of Osama Buchkar, a PFLP operative who killed three people and wounded 59 in a terrorist attack he carried out at an open market in Netanya on May 19, 2002. The caption to his picture says he “committed a martyr mission in Netanya.”

The pro-Israel blogger Elder of Ziyon posted an excerpt from the one-sided description of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by the museum, which says the show “deals with the loss of land and the fight against this expropriation.” These photos glorifying the terrorists are among those shown in the exhibition pamphlet:

From the photo exhibition “Death,” which glorifies suicide bombers at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.
From the photo exhibition “Death,” which glorifies suicide bombers at the Jeu de Paume in Paris.

In the museum’s pamphlet, the curators of the event compare the Palestinian terrorists with the French resistance which fought the Nazis in World War II. No mention is made of the fact that the same targets of these suicide bombers – members of the Jewish faith – were those who were deported from France as part of the Nazi’s efforts to exterminate all European Jews and that the Arabs in Palestine were aligned with Adolf Hitler.

The exhibition “shows the efforts of the Palestinian society to preserve the presence of those who lost their lives fighting the occupier. This series gives a large place to their absence through photographs, posters, and graffiti graves, presented as a form of resistance to colonial rule,” the museum’s description reads, according to Elder of Ziyon.

It further says that the Palestinian photographer whose work is being exhibited, Ahlam Shibli, has in previous exhibitions examined “the situation of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people from Eastern countries” Notably, the museum does not point out that homosexuality is illegal in Hamas-run Gaza.

CRIF President Roger Cukierman sent a letter to the French Culture and Communications Minister Aurélie Filipetti in which he wrote that it was “particularly lamentable and unacceptable that such a display should justify terrorism from the heart of Paris.”