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McJesus artwork sparks outrage among Israel’s Christians

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Church representatives demanded a suspension order for exhibit items including Barbie doll renditions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country’s Arab Christian minority.

Hundreds of Christians calling for the removal of the artwork, titled McJesus, protested at the museum in the northern city of Haifa last week.

An artwork called McJesus, which was sculpted by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen and depicts a crucified Ronald McDonald, is seen on display as part of the Haifa museum's Sacred Goods exhibit in Haifa, Israel
The artwork on display as part of the Haifa museum’s Sacred Goods exhibit (Oded Balilty/AP)

Church representatives brought their complaints to the district court on Monday, demanding a suspension order for the exhibit’s most offensive items, including Barbie doll renditions of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

An artwork called McJesus, which was sculpted by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen and depicts a crucified Ronald McDonald, is seen on display as part of the Haifa museum's Sacred Goods exhibit in Haifa, Israel
The artwork has sparked protests (Oded Balilty/AP)

The museum has refused to bow to pressure, saying that doing so would infringe on freedom of expression.

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