The "Hero of Israel" sculpture was placed in Paris Square on December 4th by the artist Itai Zalait
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The sculpture is made of bronze, rises to a height of about five and a half meters and weighs about 6 tons
It was created as a tribute to the figure of the Israeli protestor in 2020 It serves as a reminder to the citizens of Israel that they live in a democratic country; that it is their right and obligation to express their opinion, whether it is in agreement with the government or against it.
"I created this sculpture as a tribute to the demonstrators who are the heroes of Israel at this time. It is as if I was called to fulfil my duty as a citizen of Israel to protect our democracy. A demonstrator in Israel, one who actively participates in the defense of Israel as a democratic state, is a hero in my view, hence I called the stute Hero Of Israel.
I created it as a response to the trampling of democratic values, a plea for the unification of society, against agitation, for the mutual guarantee, against evil, for modesty, transparency, for the culture of speech, for the culture of protest. Against corruption, against the abuse of power.”
Protest is a basic democratic right. Anyone who tries to violate the right to protest poses a threat to Israel as a democratic state. Anyone who stands up to protest and demonstrate is the hero of Israel."
There are those within Israeli leadership who are trying to force the demonstrations to stop. They use the police force illegally, directing them to stop the demonstrations by inciting against the demonstrators and calling them derogatory names.
"In a democracy, citizens hold ongoing and meaningful dialogues with their elected representatives. The public brings the most pressing issues to their attention, and they commit to finding solutions."
Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Dr. Amir Fox, from an article published in Globes on 10.08.2011.
This project was financed by loans. Supporting the project is supporting the act of protest. The money donated will enable the artist to continue to engage, to create powerful, living protest art through which the protesters who actively participate in democracy, will be heard.
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