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|year=2014
 
|region=North America
 
|region=North America
|artist=Jay Critchley,
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|artist=Jon Rubin,
|subject=Political/Economic/Social Opinion
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|subject=Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Religion
|medium=Design, Mixed Media, Performance Art
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|confronting_bodies=Conservative pro-Israel groups
|date_of_action=October-November 2016
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|medium=Mixed Media, Performance Art, Public Art
|location=Florida
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|date_of_action=November 7, 2014
|description_of_content=Multimedia artist and environmental activist Jay Critchley placed the Florida State Seal inside the "o" in the Mobil Oil logo for his project “Mobil Warming” that challenges Governor Rick Scott's denial of global warming. The Mobil Warming graphic is posted on Critchley’s website. Critchley has used the Mobil Warming logo in other projects in the past, including “Miami Beige.
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|location=Pittsburgh
|description_of_incident=Critchley received a "cease and desist" letter from the State of Florida stating that he may not use the state logo without permission and before express prior written approval. The artist contacted NCAC, which put him in touch with a Florida lawye, and he has challenged the state’s demand.
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|description_of_content=Conflict Kitchen serves food from countries which the United States is in conflict with.
|description_of_result="Upon the recommendation of the National Coalition Against Censorship, Critchley got his own lawyer, Lawrence Walters, of the Walters Law Group of Florida. Walters said he took the case pro bono.
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|description_of_incident=From October 2014 Conflict Kitchen has been serving Palestinian food. The food wrappers contains viewpoints from interviews that Conflict Kitchen did with Palestinians in Palestine and in Pittsburgh. Conservative pro-Israel groups considered the sayings on the food wrappers being "anti-Israeli messages".
  
"Walters wrote to Adam Tanenbaum, general counsel for the Florida Department of State, on Nov. 3 stating that Critchley's use of the seal is freedom of speech protected under the First Amendment.
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A spokesman at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh criticized the restaurant, saying that the Palestinian territories are not “in conflict” with the United States. Furthermore the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith International publicly expressed “deep concern” to the Heinz Endowments, which is a financial backer of Conflict Kitchen. Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant wrote “[Heinz Endowments] emphatically does not agree with or support either the anti-Israel sentiments quoted on Conflict Kitchen’s food wrappers or the programme’s refusal to incorporate Israeli or Jewish voices in its material.
  
"Walters cited several cases in the letter, including Texas v. Johnson, the 1989 U.S. Supreme Court finding that burning the flag was protected by the First Amendment.
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On November 7th Conflict Kitchen received death threats.
 
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|description_of_result=Conflict Kitchen had to close down for 5 days, because of death threats. The incident caused a big support to the Conflict Kitchen, including a public-organised rally and notes of support on the facade.
"'Laws which impose an unconstitutional permitting scheme, such as those at issue here, may be disregarded with impunity,' Walters wrote.
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|image=Conflict Kitchen.jpg
 
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"He said he has not heard back from Tanenbaum."
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Via: [http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20161209/artwork-sparks-free-speech-debate Artwork sparks free speech debate, Cape Cod Times, Dec 9, 2016]
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|image=Mobil Warming FL with slogan.jpeg
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[http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20161209/artwork-sparks-free-speech-debate Artwork sparks free speech debate], Dec 9, 2016
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[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/09/pittsburgh-restaurant-conflict-kitchen-death-threats-israel Pittsburgh restaurant receives death threats in 'anti-Israel messages' furore], The Guardian, Martin Pengelly in New York, Sunday 9 November 2014 12.29 EST
  
[http://www.jaycritchley.com/artistcensored.html Artist Censored]
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[https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/how-a-tiny-restaurant-in-pittsburgh-waded-in-to-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict/2014/11/14/7b905072-6b4e-11e4-b053-65cea7903f2e_story.html Pittsburgh’s tiny Conflict Kitchen wades into the sprawling Israeli-Palestinian debate], The Washington Post, By Jessica Contrera November 14, 2014
  
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[http://conflictkitchen.org/2014/11/13/thank-you-to-our-supporters/ THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS], (Conflict Kitchen website)
  
  

Revision as of 06:42, 11 April 2017

This Week's Featured Case



Conflict Kitchen.jpg

Artist: Jon Rubin

Year: 2014

Date of Action: November 7, 2014

Region: North America

Location: Pittsburgh

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion, Religion

Medium: Mixed Media, Performance Art, Public Art

Confronting Bodies: Conservative pro-Israel groups

Description of Artwork: Conflict Kitchen serves food from countries which the United States is in conflict with.

The Incident: From October 2014 Conflict Kitchen has been serving Palestinian food. The food wrappers contains viewpoints from interviews that Conflict Kitchen did with Palestinians in Palestine and in Pittsburgh. Conservative pro-Israel groups considered the sayings on the food wrappers being "anti-Israeli messages".

A spokesman at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh criticized the restaurant, saying that the Palestinian territories are not “in conflict” with the United States. Furthermore the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith International publicly expressed “deep concern” to the Heinz Endowments, which is a financial backer of Conflict Kitchen. Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant wrote “[Heinz Endowments] emphatically does not agree with or support either the anti-Israel sentiments quoted on Conflict Kitchen’s food wrappers or the programme’s refusal to incorporate Israeli or Jewish voices in its material.”

On November 7th Conflict Kitchen received death threats.

Results of Incident: Conflict Kitchen had to close down for 5 days, because of death threats. The incident caused a big support to the Conflict Kitchen, including a public-organised rally and notes of support on the facade.

Source:


Pittsburgh restaurant receives death threats in 'anti-Israel messages' furore, The Guardian, Martin Pengelly in New York, Sunday 9 November 2014 12.29 EST

Pittsburgh’s tiny Conflict Kitchen wades into the sprawling Israeli-Palestinian debate, The Washington Post, By Jessica Contrera November 14, 2014

THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS, (Conflict Kitchen website)
















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