Artists for Palestine UK (APUK) is a growing network of artists, cultural workers, and activists who wish to make a stand in support for Palestinians rights.
APUK works to:
– Promote Palestinian artists, writers and thinkers
– Build awareness of the cultural dimensions of Israel’s war against the Palestinians
– Advocate for freedom, justice and equality for all people in Palestine-Israel
(Photo: Dan Cohen)
WHAT WE DO
We are an independent initiative 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. Please read the text of the Artists’ Pledge for Palestine.
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. 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 and that people in the arts have a special role to play in showing solidarity with their Palestinian counterparts and their communities. 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.
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.
EVENTS & PARTNERSHIPS
APUK and anti-racism
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