About

Artists for Palestine UK (APUK) is a growing network of artists, cultural workers,  and activists who wish to make a stand in support of justice and equality for the Palestinians. Please read the text of the Artists’ Pledge for Palestine here.

We work to:
– Promote Palestinian voices.
– Build awareness of the cultural dimensions of Israel’s war against the Palestinians.
– Expose the ways in which art and culture are co-opted to improve Israel’s image and mask its crimes against the Palestinian people.

APUK is an independent initiative, by artists for artists,  launched in February 2015 as a response  to the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and in particular to calls from Palestinian artists and cultural organisations.


APUK recognises that Israel has, since 1948, denied fundamental human rights to the Palestinian people; that dispossession, colonisation, land annexation, illegal settlement and military aggression are habitually deployed by the Israeli state without it facing sanction, or any threat of sanction, from Western governments.

Israel deliberately represses Palestinian cultural expression, while marketing its own cultural output worldwide, thus attempting to cast a veil over its violations of human rights and international law. We think that Israel’s campaign to exploit culture as a diplomatic weapon, the ‘Brand Israel’ strategy, requires an urgent response from artists of conscience.  To this end we have set out an argument and a strategy for collective non-cooperation in our booklet The Case for a Cultural Boycott of Israel in response to the Palestinian appeal for a non-violent, rights-based movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

People in the arts have a special role to play in showing solidarity with their Palestinian counterparts and their communities. We are an inclusive network that aims to amplify the voice of all those in the arts who support the core principles laid out in the Artists’ Pledge for Palestine.

We work towards a situation in which respecting the boycott will be the norm rather than the exception. In this spirit we encourage and support artists who publicly endorse the boycott, seek to persuade others to follow their example and challenge those who disregard it.


EVENTS / PARTNERSHIPS

We are always keen to partner with Palestinian and British artists and curators to produce high quality cultural events, projects and discussions. Please get in touch for more information or with proposals. *Please note we cannot fund artists’ projects*.

APUK and anti-racism

BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) is an anti-racist, rights-based movement.   Our Palestinian colleagues have been absolutely explicit in stating that there is no room for anti-semitism within it.  There is never a justification for denying or minimising the suffering and trauma of others.  Holocaust denial and Nakba denial are semantically identical and both are morally reprehensible. APUK tolerates neither anti-Muslim nor anti-Jewish prejudice.

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Please support our work. Donations will help us organise public events and discussions  across the UK.

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