Jewish Telegraphic Agency May 5, 2004 - Australian art draws protests
Jewish groups in Australia protested a publicly funded work of art in Melbourne that criticizes Israel. Featured in a department store window, the work features a Star of David painted on a wall with text that reads: "Since the creation of Israel in 1948, 200,000 Palestinians have been killed, 5,000,000 refugees have been created, 21,000 square kilometers of land has been annexed, 385 towns and villages have been destroyed, 200,000 settlements have been built, 300 billion military dollars have been spent, 100+ (weapons of mass destruction) have been manufactured, 65 U.N. resolutions have been ignored." Australian Jewish groups and others in Melbourne say the facts are wildly inaccurate and misleading. City officials promised to respond to the complaints.