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Netanyahu statue toppled

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By Euronews
Netanyahu statue toppled

<p>A golden statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been given a mixed reception by onlookers as it made a brief appearance in Tel Aviv.</p> <p>The controversial effigy which was nick-named “King Bibi” by its artist was apparently in response to the idol-like status of the leader among some of his supporters.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu toppled in Israel <a href="https://t.co/G2dF6wMdK2">https://t.co/G2dF6wMdK2</a></p>— The Independent (@Independent) <a href="https://twitter.com/Independent/status/806255962780815361">December 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Sculptor Itay Zalait told reporters he had also placed the four metre tall statue of Netanyahu on a white pedestal in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, adjacent to city hall, to test the limits of freedom of expression in Israel.</p> <p>The Israeli government and artists have been locked in a so-called “culture war” over steps by Culture Minister Miri Regev to withhold state funds from institutions that do not express loyalty to the state.</p> <p>One person took offence and pulled the statue down. Officials said it had been erected without permission</p>