We, artists of all origins, stand in solidarity, adding our voices to the international chorus of conscience to declare:
– our revolt against the Israeli barbarity exercised against the Palestinian people, since the massacres of Deir Yacine in 1948 and up to what is taking place in Gaza today.
– our anger at the complicity and idleness of leaders of supposed “civilised” states. Those who discuss the possibility of a cease-fire whilst distributing weapons under the table, that later become the deluge of iron and fire crashing against the Palestinian population.
– our rage at the laissez-faire attitude of corrupt Arab regimes, that are unable to withdraw from their dependence on the support of the Israeli army.
We acknowledge the rare leaders from countries – especially in South America – such as Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru, who have spoken out against the atrocities being committed.
We also thank the many artists from different disciplines who have taken a stand without ambiguity: Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Pedro Almodovar, Emma Thompson, Lupe Fiasco, Jon Stewart, Roger Waters, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantonna, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Mia Farrow, Massive Attack, Tilda Swinton, Annie Lennox, Coldplay, Madinah among many others
We affirm our support for the Palestinian people, for their freedom and liberation, and for the men and women who are fighting against colonisation and the establishment of an apartheid state.
We firmly denounce the campaign of vilification and slander towards those who raise their voices to condemn the crimes of the occupying power. This campaign, worthy of the Inquisition of another time, is the real terrorism: an intellectual terrorism which extends to the Israeli army.
We can no longer bear the policy of double-standards claiming to transform the aggressive and belligerent occupying power into the “most moral army in the world” who find themselves forced to defend themselves against the occupied part, reduced to a indistinguishable mass of terrorists devoid of any humanity.
We accuse the unconditional supporters of the destructive Zionist policy of orchestrating this dishonest and unworthy campaign. It marginalises the legitimate resistance of the Palestinians and criminalises the international movement of solidarity which is expressed with increasing strength around the world.
Faced with absolute barbarity, this movement reveals, contrary to its detractors, that peace in the world is dependent on justice in Palestine.
We, artists in solidarity with Palestinians, understand the weight of words but will not accept empty promises.
As practitioners in various forms of expression, we wish to contribute in a tangible and continuous way. To continue beyond the tides of strong emotion during these peaks of unsustainable violence, leading to a movement that renders conclusive justice in Palestine.
That is why we make available pieces of art-work that we have made to the solidarity movement.
We will organise exhibition-sales and an assortment of artistic events, the funds of which will be sent to a range of concrete initiatives in solidarity with the Palestinians. We will be participating in these initiatives in the field, in Palestine and wherever it is required.
We call for artists around the world to join with us in action, to organise events in active solidarity this summer and to maintain them until justice is restored to the Palestinians.
To achieve this we have created the association “ARTISTS FOR PALESTINE” (AP) in order to give organisation to this action.
The creation of this association is dedicated to the Palestinian activist, Ezzedine Kalak. Assassinated in 1978 in Paris, he was one of the first to organise the collection and promotion of works of artists dedicated to the Palestinian resistance.
Paris, 02 August 2014
Artists: Nasser Soumi, Samir Abdallah, Kheridine Mabrouk, Jean Asselmeyer, Tayssir Batniji, Ihab Shanti, Khaled Hourani, Rula Halawani, Nabil Anani, Rashid Abdelhamid, George M. Al Ama, Hani Zurob, Laila Shawa, Nicolas Damuni, Rana Bishara, Mirna Bamieh, Hosni Radwan, Ahmad Dari, Youssef Hbeish, Amer Shomali, Sliman Mansour, Iman Aoun, Mohammad Musalam, Khalil Abu Arafeh, Gazateam, Abdulrahman Katanani, Hamed Abdalla, Maria Amaral, JP Elantkowski,Rachid Koraïchi, Stéphane Rossi, Haquima Akhabach, Mustapha Boutadjine, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Jacques Tardi, Farida Rahmani, Kolin Kobayashi, Muriel Modr, Dominique Grange, Racheed Daci, Julien Blaine, Malika-Sandrine Charlemagne, Liliane Giraudon, Alain Castan, éditeur, Zebda – Mouss & Hakim, Marc Mercier, Samara, Siné, Federica Matta, Jacek Wozniak, Abeer Hamad, Anastasia Politi, Valérie Jouve, Myrtille Dupont, Shooshie Sulaiman, Saida El Kiyale, Anand Patwardhan, Simone Bitton, Fatima Adjili, Yessa Bell, Vincent Liechti, Marie Dubau, Yamina Sebaa, Reihaneh Jahansooz, Dana & Ahmed Anati, Mohamed Lotfi, Kamal Aljafari, Kai Wiedenhöfer, Jean-Claude Saget, Zen Kane, Dominique Dubosc…
Supported by: Christiane Hessel, Alain Gresh, Jean Claude Lefort, Sylvianne de Wangen, Ahmed Boubeker, Imen Habib, Adnan Ben Youssef, Bernard Ravenel, Michèle Sibony, Youssef Boussoumah, Tarek Ben Hiba, Brahim Senouci, Jérôme Feynel, Nadia Lemhemdi, Maha Ahmed, Raja Bellamra, dalia Somi, LILA Brakni, luleva Sarraj, admir alrawad, hayder naimi, Mina Asli, Mina Kherfi…
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