Art Student Won’t Be Charged for Making Poster of Netanyahu With Noose

Prosecutors drop case after police recommend closing investigation of Jerusalem student who put up posters based on an iconic image of Obama.

The artwork of Netanyahu in a stairwell at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, December 12, 2016.
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Prosecutors in Jerusalem confirmed on Tuesday that they will not file charges against an art student in the city who in December hung a poster featuring the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a noose in a stairwell at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design her school. Police had recommended that the student, who has not been named, not face charges.

“It was clear that the case would be closed since we’re talking about a politically motivated investigation. If the attorney general hadn’t instructed the police to investigate, it never would have happened,” the student’s lawyer, Rami Othman, said on Tuesday.

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit had approved the investigation, at the behest of State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.

The posters — a takeoff on the iconic stenciled portrait of Barack Obama with the word “Hope” created by Shepard Fairey — were removed a few hours after they were put up in the stairwell. When word of the poster got out, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev demanded that Education Minister Naftali Bennett withhold funding from the school.