you're an artist in Israel, funding could soon rely on how loyal you are to the state. Here, famous artists perform in a TV spot protesting against the so-called loyalty and culture bill. The bill would allow the government to pull state funding from cultural organizations that quote, work against the principles of the state.
Critics say it amounts to a curb on freedom of expression.>> We think it's an unnecessary and perhaps even a harmful impairment of the freedom of artistic expression, and freedom of expression in general.>> Culture Minister Miri Regev shepherded the bill to parliament, which was advanced by lawmakers in a preliminary vote on Monday.
It's still subject to a second and final round of voting. Regev says the measure is designed to prevent incitement and the government shouldn't be expected to fund institutions whose work goes against the principles of the state. But critics say if passed it could create a chilling effect across cultural life in particular to those whose work touches upon Palestinian issues.
>> I am concerned that after the law will pass, my new play,
will be taken off stage. I think this law testifies to the power of art, because if it requires a whole government to pass a new law in order to confront a poet, a playwright, a culture center, then obviously it means that alters a lot of power and influence.
> As correlation crisis rubles the prospect of early elections roams large in his row. No matter what the outcome of the bill, the debate over cultural issues is likely to remain center stage.