Hundreds of people tried yesterday to assault the Haifa Art Museum, in northern Israel, as reported by the newspaper Haaretz. They did it with stones, which caused injuries to three policemen who defended the entrance to the building, where a work of art entitled McJesus, by the Finnish artist Jani Leinonen, He had unleashed controversy among the Christians of the city. A clown from McDonald's characterized as crucified Jesus Christ who is part of an exhibition at the Israeli museum since last August 4 (the show ends on February 17) has motivated the protests.
The Catholic Church in the Holy Land has called for the withdrawal of this and other works that are considered "offensive", such as a Barbie Virgin Mary and her partner Ken crucified. "We understand that the exhibition aims to criticize the consumer society, we are with these criticisms, however, the abusive use of the most important facts of our Christian religion is unacceptable for many Christians and non-Christians," said the Assembly of Ordinaries. Catholics of the Holy Land in a statement. "We deplore this behavior towards the greatest symbol of Christianity of an institution that aims to serve all citizens!", They denounce in the note.
The Catholic representatives blamed the municipality of Haifa and its mayor, Einat Kalisch-Rotem, for the exhibition and demanded a reaction to "highlight the importance of coexistence among national, ethnic and religious components of the city", of mixed demography with a majority of Christians among the Israeli Arabs. "We are making efforts to find a solution that guarantees respect for religious symbols," the statement concludes.