Israel’s cultural institutions must declare if performing in Judea-Samaria

Israel began collecting information from cultural institutions on whether they had or had not offered performances in the Negev, Galilee and Judea and Samaria over the past year as part of new government funding criteria announced in April.

The Center for Cultural Information and Research, which collect’s data for Israel’s Culture and Sports Ministry, sent forms to theatres, orchestras, and dance companies in order to collect data which will be used in determining government funding allocations for the current year.

In April, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev set forth new guidelines on government allocations to cultural institutions, enacting a 33 percent cut in government funding to cultural institutions which do not offer performances in the periphery and Judea-Samaria, while offering a 10 percent bonus to those that do perform in the cities and Jewish communities.

Minister Regev said that she will not allow cultural institutions to boycott certain locales, saying that “the Culture Ministry’s budget will encourage cultural justice and reduce social gaps. The revolution I announced on the day I entered office is coming to fruition; the changes have reached the field.”