Canceled Palestinian Art Exhibit Sparks Protest At Oakland Kids Museum

OAKLAND (KCBS)— Palestinian sympathizers took to the sidewalk outside Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) to protest the cancellation of an art exhibit.

The Saturday afternoon display of Palestinian kids’, aged nine to 11, war art has gained criticism for including images of dropping bombs, tanks, and people being shot.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

Arab Resource & Organizing Center’s Youth Program Coordnator Lubna Morrar said Israeli lobbyists want the exhibit canceled because of its negative portrayal of Israel through depictions of violence.

“Of course it’s going to be violent. They’re in the middle of a war crime,” Morrar said.

Meanwhile chants of “Children’s art is not violent, Palestine will not be silent,” and “Listen to your membership, don’t give in to censorship” were echoed on the sidewalk.

MOCHA board member Randolph Belle said it’s not about censorship and the number of complaints from Jewish groups and others was significant.

“Really this is the most contentious issue on the planet, right? When it became apparent that it was going to be a hardship on the organization, yes, we did back up,” he said.

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  • Catherine Shields

    Palestinian sympathizers is not wholly accurate when talking about the outrage over the censorship of this show. The censorship of children’s art is an outrage. When children drew pictures after the earthquake, we saw shocking images of the bridge fallen down…the kids were expressing their trauma and honored that. When the kids in Oakland had a photo exhibit depicting the violence in their community of Oakland, we honored that. Since when do you have to have a view on the Palestinian/Israeli conflict to not honor the feelings of children who were innocent victims of a terrible trauma. If I learned anything in these years since 9/11 it is that is never right to censor criticism…it hurt this country terribly to move to a place where you were either with us or against us. What really is your problem with this exhibit…I do not think this is an honest article.

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