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    • Jake in Jerusalem
    • 20.12.12 | 12:00 (IST)

    Disputes in major architectural projects and competitions are common. Israeli architecture is, overall, quite depressing, owing to the corrupting influence of Communism under Mapai rule. Real talent and caring was set aside to allow for profiteering comrades. Segal is a former-Israeli who apparently doesn't even live in Israel and is an anti-Zionist activist and Leftist academic. Like other artistes in the Branzha who are held in high esteem by a small clique of self-absorbed purveyors of "culture", their major qualification is their hatred of Israel and not actual talent. Would any national body hire someone who denounces that nation so aggressively? Can Segal honestly and professionally produce something complimentary for a national project in a country that he personally and publicly finds so distasteful? The Branzhonaires are crying "Unfair Politics!" now, even though they are precisely the ones who used Unfair Politics for so long to hijack the country's resources for their personal benefit. It's high time that Israel raised it's standard of architecture - commercial, residential and public. Letting the Branzhonaires profit from the public purse is the Bad Old Way. We're all better off without it.

    from the article: Who will design Israel's new national library? A tale of rumors, conspiracies, and cultural treasures
    First published 01:46 20.12.12 | Last updated 01:46 20.12.12
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