">Name: Hanoch Levin's "The Patriot"
Artist: Hanoch Levin|
Confronting Bodies: The Israeli Theater and Film Censorship Board, the National Religious Party (Hetzofeh branch), and ultra-Orthadox Jews.
Date of Action: 1982
Specific Location: Israel
Description of Artwork: "The Patriot" was called into question over it' story involving an Israeli who wants to emigrate to America. The American consul forces him to do things such as spit on his own mother and torture and Arab boy and murder him to prove his loyalty to Israel. One scene that found particular resistance involved him torturing the Arab boy using Sabbath candles. The play harshly satirizes and calls into question Orthodox rituals.
After this, the censorship board gave the play another chance, provided it would cut the scene with the Shabbat candles, in addition to a few others.
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