"We hold weapons and protect Israel and while doing that we sometimes do terrible things, terrible things,"
Sarfati says in the 2006 interview printed beside the photo. "Two days ago artillery shells fell in Gaza and killed 19 innocent people while they were asleep. It cannot get any more terrible than that."
Sarfati also calls the way American Jews celebrate Hanukkah "superficial and symbolic." Hanukkah "is not a big holiday in Israel," he says. "The reason it's so big in America is that Jews needed to have a holiday similar to Christmas so they could give gifts and do lights and not feel so different."
The airport removed the display after someone complained according to an airport spokesperson. The story's writer, Heather Gillers, turns the table and makes the removal of the insulting and offensive display as suggesting Indianapolis is an intolerant community. Gillers writes:
Airport spokeswoman Susan Sullivan confirmed it was the caption, a biographical narrative in which Sarfati shares his provocative thoughts on American Judaism and Israeli foreign policy. Sullivan would say only that the photo and text were removed one day after someone complained "to prevent the risk of anyone else possibly being offended."
She said officials are trying to determine whether it should stay down . . .
Sarfati, who moved back to Israel last year, could not be reached for comment. Wolin, who is Jewish, said provoking discussion is part of the goal of public art and called the airport's decision to take down the photograph of Sarfati a mistake.
"Frankly, Indianapolis and the Midwest don't have a great reputation for tolerance," Wolin said. "Part of the point of the project was to show that Indianapolis had come a long way and is a much more welcoming place -- more welcoming of diversity.
"I think this is intolerant to silence one of the immigrants and what they have to say about the American immigrant experience. It's proving exactly what they're trying to rebut."
Last year, Indianapolis airport officials told local Christians they would just have to suck it up when they announced that special foot baths would be installed at the airport to accommodate the disproportionate number of Muslim taxi cab drivers servicing the airport. Now we're just intolerant bigots because some people are offended that Israel and the United States are being portrayed as the bad guys at that same airport.
The message of the art display is not surprising. Media reports are sympathetic to the people living in Gaza where Hamas terrorists launch missile attacks daily against Israelis. Yet, when Israel defends itself, it's naturally portrayed as the bad guy. At the same time, the media whitewashes reports on the recent Mumbai, India terrorist attacks. For some reason, the media didn't think you should know about the fact that the Muslim terrorists sexually assaulted and mutilated the sex organs of their foreign victims before shooting them to death.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it Muslim extremists who forever changed air travel by hijacking and flying passenger-filled airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon because they wanted to destroy America and our western way of life? The last time I checked the U.S. and Israel are front-line leaders in the fight against the terrorist forces of Islamic extremists. Think about how much money our country has been forced to spend on air travel security, not to mention the intrusive security checks, because the people of one particular religious sect are hell-bent on bringing death and destruction to us. But you know, it's all our fault because the American Left says so. Their freedom of speech gives them that right, but I don't think they should be surprised that people object to their propagandizing in public-owned buildings.