Jerusalem Post Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST Mar. 31, 2008
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, is conferring its Prizes in Art and Design for 2008 on Wednesday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at Ticho House. This year's winners will be awarded the Israel Museum's prestigious prizes in a variety of categories.
The Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art will go to Guy Ben-Ner; the IDB Group Prize for an Israeli Artist goes to Tamar Raban; Shahar Marcus wins the Beatrice S. Kolliner Award for a Young Israeli Artist; Reuven Milon and David Harris will receive the Enrique Kavlin Photography Prize; the Gérard Lévy Prize for Research and Development goes to Gaston Zvi Ickowicz; the Sandberg Grant for Research and Development will be given to Yaara Rosner and Ido Bruno; the Jacob Pins Award for Israeli Printmaking Artist goes to Asaph Ben Menahem; the Crate and Barrel Israeli Product Design Award for the Home and Its Surroundings goes to Tal Gur, Na'ama and Assaf Varshavski of Segol Design; and in the student category, Esti Bortz, Gilli Kuchik, and Gilad Zaafrany will be honored.
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world.
Ido Bruno is a member of this group-
"Amnesia" - to awake the memory of the Nakba considering the amnesia that is afflicting Israeli society
The point of origin of the exhibit "Amnesia" examines the question of design and production of objects in the context of social political relation in general, and of the Nakba specifically. The works in the exhibit "Amnesia" try to deal with the question of possibility for objects to awake the memory of the Nakba considering the amnesia that is afflicting Israeli society. A group of Jewish artists examine, using material culture, the possibility of creating dialogue with Palestinian refugees and their tragedy. Simultaneously, a Palestinian poet responds to their work. In the framework of labor for the exhibit participants travelled to view the collection of object of the Committee of the Displaced in Nazareth . The objects in the collection tell their story in silence and point mainly at the absence of their owners. It is simple through them to imagine a daily routine, and at the same time experience the shuddering sensation of a routine that was breached. The exhibit's works are a personal response of the artists' to this impossible situation. Opening: Thursday, April 3rd, 8:00PM Yoya, Einat Lider, Ravit Letzer, Gad Cherny, Two informational objects: Ami Shteinitz, Ido Bruno, David Goss, Yasmeen Daher Curator: Shlomit Bauman Gallery talk: Tuesday, April 15th 8:00PM Closing: Thursday, May 1st Zochrot Gallery 61 Ibn Gvirol St., Tel Aviv ISRAEL (corner of 13 Maneh St.) Tel. 03-695-
Ido Bruno signed the petitions:
We, faculty members from a number of Israeli universities, wish to express our appreciation and support for those of our students and lecturers who refuse to serve as soldiers in the occupied territories.
Such service too often involves carrying out orders that have no place in a democratic society founded on the sanctity of human life.
For thirty five years an entire people, some three and a half million in number, have been held without basic human rights. The occupation and oppression of another people have brought the State of Israel to where it is today.
Without an Israeli declaration of an end to the occupation, accompanied by appropriate action--unilateral, if necessary--the present war is not being fought for our home but for the settlements beyond the green
line and for the continued oppression of another people.
We hereby express our readiness to do our best to help students who encounter academic, administrative or economic difficulties as a result of their refusal to serve in the territories. We call on the University community at large to support them.
The elimination of the Palestinian national presence west of the Jordan River is implicit in the long-term aims of the Israeli right wing. A violent, apocalyptic driving-out of the entire Palestinian population is explicitly advocated by the rightmost political circles. What has actually been taking place since the beginning of the 35 years of Israeli
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but at an unprecedented rate for the last two years, is a systematic process of demolition of
Palestinian private and public property, and mass expropriation of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. The guiding principle is the effort to minimize the size of the area actually inhabited by
Palestinians. At the same time, huge-scale harassment has been taking place, by means of prolonged curfews, road-blocks, humiliations, beatings, military invasions of densely populated areas, detentions of thousands without trial under sub-humane conditions, obstruction of access to work, medical care, schools and universities, and a host of other means. The soldiers were given license to treat any Palestinian as a potential terrorist. Millions of Palestinians have been reduced by Israeli
government policies to life in fearsome ghettos. Most are now subsisting under the poverty line, on savings or handouts from humanitarian
The ever-intensifying oppressive measures are being inflicted on
Palestinians by the Israeli government, ostensibly to fight terror. We unequivocally condemn terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians. There can be no justification for acts of violence against any unarmed people. However, the Israeli policies are not a way to reduce terror; rather, they promote it, as evidenced by the dramatic increase in terror acts during the last two years. The terror acts are then cynically used by Prime Minister Sharon as a pretext to inflict more damage and hardships on the Palestinians, and to further de-legitimize their existence in the occupied territories in the perception of the Israelis. THE PALESTINIAN PRESENCE STANDS IN THE WAY OF SHARON'S LIFE-LONG VISION OF GREATER ISRAEL, WITH SETTLERS SUPPLANTING PALESTINIANS. THIS OBJECTIVE IS TRANSPARENT TO ANYBODY WHO FOLLOWS WHAT HIS GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ACTUALLY DOING, rather than listening to the frequently uttered but empty declarations about peace intentions, "once the security problems are solved".
The Israeli society pays a high price for the attempts of its politicians to extend the Israeli domination, and for their addiction to territorial expansion. The drive to develop Israel as a modern, productive and tolerant society was cruelly truncated. This drive has been evident in periods of hopeful peace negotiations with neighboring Arab states, and with Palestinians.
Fatalistic resignation to the vicious circle of fear, oppression, violence and counter-violence is depriving the whole society of positive energy, forward looking projects and hope. The drain on the state resources by the war effort and the expansion of the settlements and the concurrent loss of investment result in large scale unemployment and economic recession. Large sectors of the Israeli society are denied access to adecent standard of living, to decent education, and to productive integration into modern technological and cultural world. Instead, backward-looking
ultra-nationalistic ideologies are taking firm hold on the social and political scene. Young Israeli soldiers sent to implement the brutal occupation measures are likely to be morally scarred for life.
The ongoing devastation of Palestine must be stopped, for the sake of both Palestine and Israel.
Courage to Refuse - Combatant's Letter 2002
We, reserve combat officers and soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces,
who were raised upon the principles of Zionism, sacrifice and giving to the people of Israel and to the State of Israel, who have always served in the front lines, and who were the first to carry out any mission, light or heavy, in order to protect the State of Israel and strengthen it. We, combat officers and soldiers who have served the State of Israel for long weeks every year, in spite of the dear cost to our personal lives, have been on reserve duty all over the Occupied Territories, and were issued commands and directives that had nothing to do with the security of our country, and that had the sole purpose of perpetuating our control over the Palestinian people. We, whose eyes have seen the bloody toll this Occupation exacts from both sides.
We, who sensed how the commands issued to us in the Territories, destroy all the values we had absorbed while growing up in this country.
We, who understand now that the price of Occupation is the loss of IDF’s human character and the corruption of the entire Israeli society. We, who know that the Territories are not Israel, and that all settlements are bound to be evacuated in the end.
We hereby declare that we shall not continue to fight this War of the Settlements.
We shall not continue to fight beyond the 1967 borders in order to dominate, expel, starve and humiliate an entire people.
We hereby declare that we shall continue serving in the Israel Defense Forces in any mission that serves Israel’s defense.
The missions of occupation and oppression do not serve this purpose – and we shall take no part in them.