Boycott of all Israeli Art Institutions
We appeal to all artists of good conscience around
the world to cancel all exhibitions and other cultural events that
are scheduled to occur in Israel, to mobilize immediately and not
allow the continuation of the Israeli offensive to breed complacency.
Like the boycott of South African art institutions during apartheid,
and the boycott of Austrian art institutions when Haider was elected,
the art world must speak out against the current Israeli war crimes
We reach out our hand in support of all Israeli
artists who are active against the occupation. We support them and
their work. It is especially important at this time to extend all
our support to those brave Israeli artists who are against the current
Israeli offensive and are speaking out against their own government.*
We, members of the international art community
are calling on Israel for a complete withdrawal back to the 1967
borders as well as a dismantlement of all West Bank settlements.
We will boycott all Israeli art institutions and cultural events
until that time.
We appeal for an end of the current military offensive
in which Apache helicopter gunships, tanks,
F-16s, M-16s, and anti-aircraft missiles are terrorizing an entire
civilian population who were already living under the hardships
We urgently appeal for food and drinking water,
and for the general access of all humanitarian agencies. The situation
is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster.
We appeal for the safety of all individuals.
We appeal for medical supplies and access to medical
treatment, electricity, water, phone lines and other necessary facilities.
We appeal for freedom of movement within all cities
and outside all Palestinian cities. Before the current military
offensive, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza were denied freedom
of movement due to over 300 Israeli checkpoints. It is unforgivable
that in the 21st century, people are killed just trying to get to
work, deliver babies, or visit a relative in a neighboring village...
We appeal for the immediate end to vandalism,
looting, humiliation, and gratuitous violence and destruction.
We appeal for access of humanitarian agencies,
including the ICRC, Red Cross, and the Red Crescent to all detainees,
prisoners and hostages, including Palestinian President Yasser Arafat,
to ensure their well-being.
Emily Jacir, Anton Sinkewich, Oz Shelach
7th April 2002
*Following a comment that naming 5 Israeli artists
active against the occupation risks acting as a reverse "blacklist",
we removed those names from the appeal. We nominate no one to compile
lists of politically good or bad artists.
To endorse the above appeal
send an email to the address below. Please include your full name,
field of activity/institutional affiliation, and city:
The list of signers is kept online at:
In Support for Boycotting Israel
Yehudit Harel - A letter sent to an export company in Texas
Dear Mr. Harris,
I am an Israeli citizen living in Israel and struggling
against the oppressive steps my Government is engaged in against
the Palestinian People's legitimate struggle for Liberation and
I heard about your courageous step to refrain
from selling goods to an Israeli customer and I wish to support
your decision. It's not at all easy for me to do so, as I am an
Israeli citizen, Israel is my
home and my country and I wish I didn't have to do so. However,
I am compelled to act in this extreme way so as to express not only
my total indignation and resentment of my Government's policies
and the crimes committed against the Palestinians, but also as a
result of a deep frustration and desperation.
I am afraid that we, Israeli Peace activists have
exhausted our means for an effective internal struggle against our
Government and it seems to me that the legitimate civil struggle
inside the Israeli Society is leading us nowhere. The prevailing
state of extreme imbalance of power in every respect, both political,
military and public relations wise is making our situation even
more hopeless. The weak and the oppressed - i.e. the Palestinian
side - is successfully being portrayed in the local and international
arena as a "Terrorist" entity - while the usurper, the
occupier and the aggressive oppressor - i.e. Israel - manages to
get the World's and mainly US's sympathy, military and political
backing to carry out it's unjust and cruel policy towards the victims.
The Israeli public opinion is biased against the
Palestinians as a result of many years of propaganda and brainwashing,
and more recently also due to unacceptable means used by the Palestinian
resistance, such as targeting of innocent civilians by suicide bombers.
The much these acts are repelling and immoral - they should not
avert one's mind from their root causes which are the 54 years old
oppression and total dispossession of all their rights, their land,
their identity, their human dignity, their continuous humiliation
in various forms of abuse and degradation. In addition to all this
- in this recent Intifada, Israel applied extreme military power
such as targeting populated areas with Apaches and F16's, using
extra-judiciary executions, imposing hermetic closure on large civil
populations, causing starvation and prevention of medical aid and
food supply to hundreds of thousands of innocent people. These are
the root causes that drive some Palestinians to such depths of utter
despair, frustration, anger and revenge that eventually trigger
the suicide bombings.
Israel under Sharon, backed by the US administration
is not at all in the direction of revoking its oppressive policies.
On the contrary - I am afraid that Mr. Sharon has not yet finished
his scheme to
effectively annihilate the Palestinian Authority and render the
establishment of a free and viable Palestinian state impossible.
Sharon is now waiting for the right opportunity to continue the
Therefore - the only way to change this
dangerous tide is by exerting effective external pressure on Israel.
As American and UN pressure seem unlikely - what remains is the
mobilization of the International Civil society of which the economic
community is an important component. Therefore I wish once again
to congratulate you and strengthen your decision to boycott Israel.
Please do not give in to the Jewish Lobby's pressure and remember
that what you are doing is also for my benefit as an Israeli, and
for my children's benefit and their future. We Israelis and Palestinians
want to live here in Peace, so it is us whom you have to listen
to and not to the corrupt American Jewish Holocaust mercenaries.