Target: University of Duisberg-Essen
Goal: Suspend student for the vandalization of her university’s comic exhibit
The University of Duisberg-Essen is located in Germany, and it was there that a comic exhibit featured a collage based on Israeli artist and Tel Aviv resident Rutu Modan’s works. Please encourage the University to punish the female student who vandalized the collage, as her actions were destructive, violent, and led to the closure of the exhibit.
The student was a Muslim who used scissors to cut certain images from the collage, including images of a peace demonstration in Israel, and a poster of the word, “Shalom”, a Hebrew word signifying peace. Also vandalized was artwork from Modan’s famous comic, “Exit Wounds”. The comic, “Exit Wounds”, is about young man from Tel Aviv who learns that his estranged father died from a suicide bombing in Hadera. Most critics have awarded the comic with praise and favorable reviews.
Pascal Beucker, a left-wing German journalist, suggested that the Muslim student may have had “an anti- Israel, if not anti-Semitic motive”. If that’s true, then the students needs to be taken aside. The school staff have stated that they plan on talking to her, explaining to her why what she did was wrong, but there also looms a possible chance of legal action being taken against her. Urge the university to take disciplinary action for this vandalism.
Dear University of Duisberg-Essen,
As your school contains over 40,000 students, it is certainly understandable that not all of them like Israeli comics. However, that does not justify the vandalization of the exhibit, “What Comics Can Do! Recent Trends in Graphic Fiction,” which was meant for all the students to enjoy.
If the student is anti-Israel or anti-Semitic , then she should probably be informed that there are other, less destructive ways for her to voice her opinion or displeasure.
My reasons for believing the student should be suspended are as follows: The punishment of suspension is enough to convey to the other students that the school knows what she did to the comic exhibit was wrong and should not be imitated. At the same time, it is not a heavy enough punishment that the female student will feel she is being persecuted for her beliefs and not her actions.
Thank you for your time.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Damian Cugley via Flickr