Over 700 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel

2015-02-22 07:51:32 | Al Muslim News
Over 700 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel


More than 700 British artists, from the worlds of literature, film, stage and music, have pledged to boycott Israel over what they call the inhuman actions of Tel Aviv against the Palestinian people "as long as the state continues to deny basic Palestinian rights." The artists made the announcement in an open letter published by The Guardian signed by them, decreeing that they would not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with the Israeli regime. The pledge in full, organised by 'Artists for Palestine UK', states: We support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. In response to the call from Palestinian artists and cultural workers for a cultural boycott of Israel, we pledge to accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights. Former English PEN president, writer Gillian Slovo, said: "As a South African I witnessed the way the cultural boycott of South Africa helped apply pressure on the apartheid government and its supporters. This Artists' Pledge for Palestine has drawn lessons from that boycott to produce an even more nuanced, non-violent way for us to call for change and for justice for all." Another supporter of the boycott, Deborah Fink, wrote, “When governments won’t act, the people have to apply pressure wherever, whenever and however they can. I will continue to speak out as an artist and as a Jew.” During the recent Israel war against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes targeted a number of public buildings, schools and hospitals in defiance of the Geneva conventions that ban such attacks. More than 2,100 Palestinians, over 500 of them children, lost their lives during the recently Israeli war crimes. An recently investigation showed that 508 of 844 victims in air strikes on residential buildings during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge that unfolded in Gaza the previous summer were women, children and the elderly. UN chief Ban Ki Moon too condemned the air strikes and a decade long siege of Gaza and accused Israel of breaching the cease fire agreement along with several counts of human rights violation in the following words: “Yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law. This madness must stop.”.

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