Secret statue in Tel Aviv depicts controversial Israeli minister

Israelis look at a statue by Israeli artist Itay Zalait, mocking Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev that was installed in the morning in Tel Aviv’s Habima square before being removed as it had been set up without a permit, in what some saw as a protest against a legislation opponents say will restrict artistic freedom. The outspoken Regev has drawn the ire of Israel’s cultural establishment with a long series of statements and deeds, most recently promoting a bill that would cut public subsidies to cultural organisations accused of not showing “loyalty” to the State.