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The Israeli Statue of Liberty

inspired by Golda Meir

With the outbreak of the war in Israel on October 7, 2023, the statue received a reinforcement of its meaning- Israel must continue to fight for it's liberty and has the right to defened itself


A brutal massacre robbed every right to liberty of thousands of innocent citizens who were at home, young people dancing at a music festival, babies and children who were kidnapped to Gaza after their parents were murdered in front of them, along with hundreds of other abductees who did nothing but live freely as human beings.

The Statue of Liberty in New York is in the image of the Roman goddess of liberty, Libertas. She wears a Roman robe and on her head is a tiara with seven points that stick out like sun rays in all directions, and represent the projection of liberty to the seven continents of the world. She holds the torch of liberty in her hand. On Golda's head, which was created by Chen Taoz, there is a large Star of David made of acrylic glass, from which light shines on the figure's face. On the one hand, a kind of glittering crown, and on the other hand, a heavy and dazzling burden. The lights also symbolize the principles of the Jewish spirit, light to the Gentiles, which is integrated into the Israeli spirit. Unlike the original Statue of Liberty, Golda's hand is raised and her fist is clenched - an expression of the need to fight for the existence of the country throughout the years.

"The Statue of Liberty in New York is aimed at the whole world, but in practice, at such a difficult time, many in the world choose to add to Israel's suffering and difficulty and in a shocking step support terrorism. The Israeli Statue of Liberty expresses the cry: how are the leaders of the countries willing to allow demonstrations in support of terrorism in their country and want to continue to limit Israel after it suffered a horrific terrorist attack??? The world needs an immediate fix."

The statue in the image of Golda, as a tribute to the only woman who served as the head of the Israeli government until now and succeeded in one of the most difficult wars in the country's history. "Golda was not perfect, far from it, but she is a symbol of powerful Israeliness," Taoz says. The statue is cast in blackened bronze appropriately for the strong character of the "Iron Woman", her standing and her ability to navigate a masculine government and security elite and to conduct tough negotiations in the civil service both with the friendly USA and with Arab leaders. The face of the statue expresses the difficulty and terror both in personal life and in the life of the Israeli nation, which Golda experienced while demonstrating strength, control and courage.


Photography: Yaniv Gabay.

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