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Ai Weiwei criticizes censorship for tweet about alliance between US and Israel

The famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei published a message on the social network (X), formerly Twitter, in November, in which he spoke about the relationship between the United States and Israel.

The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei -one of the most influential in the Asian country, exiled for years in Europe- was reportedly censored by at least four galleries in Paris and London after the publication on the social network X in which he criticized the United States-Israel alliance.

Weiwei revealed his version of events in a dialogue with the American digital media portal Democracy Now, within the framework of his visit to New York to present his latest graphic novel.

There, he noted that four galleries canceled scheduled exhibitions of his works after he wrote a publication in X last November that he described as factual and not subjective.

In that written message (now deleted), the artist responded to a follower about Israel’s influence in the United States: “The sense of guilt for the persecution of the Jews, sometimes, is transferred, in order to pay, to in the Arab world. . Financially, culturally and in terms of media influence, the Jewish community has a significant presence in the United States..

Weiwei points out that the reasons he receives from the galleries are that they want “protect his (artists) interest”but he gave them no credit, for he held it “There is strong censorship around the world of dissenting voices about this (Palestinian) conflict”.

According to the artist, we appreciate art, cinema and literature “a regression in terms of freedom of expression and human rights”something that might surprise you: “I believe we live in a freer society, where different opinions and voices fit”.

Ai Weiwei, who had several run-ins with the Chinese regime, was exiled in 2015 and has been living in Europe since then: first he lived in Germany, then in the United Kingdom and now in Portugal.

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