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Boycott the International Writers Festival in Jerusalem

Monday 21 April 2008, by Alternative Information Center (AIC)

The first International Writers Festival is scheduled to take place 11-15 May 2008 in Jerusalem, just three days after Israel’s official celebrations of 60 years of independence. Local and international activists have been active in urging a boycott of the International Writers’ Festival in Jerusalem, slated for 11-15 May, particularly by the distinguished international writers scheduled to participate in this event.

As previously noted, it is not possible that Israel continues to deny the human and national rights of the Palestinian people, to impose a deadly siege on the Gaza Strip and publicly flaunt its international political commitments by building additional settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, while its authors and cultural figures are honored with visits by distinguished international authors. Israeli society must be told loudly and clearly that it cannot act with complete impunity toward the Palestinian people and still enjoy privileges and honors of a law-abiding state.

Given that most Israeli authors and other cultural figures have deep concern for the opinions of and working relationships with international authors, this boycott can potentially make a substantial impact within Israeli society.

The Alternative Information Center calls on activists to continue contacting the authors scheduled to participate and urge them to cancel their participation in solidarity and support for a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Contact information for authors; if you have additional information or have received a response from any of the participating authors, please let us know so we can update others:

Nadine Gordimer: May be contacted via her publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing (Telephone: +44 (20) 7494 2111; Postal address: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 36 Soho Square, London W1D 3QY).