Monday, October 19, 2015

Statement by the Palestinian Performing Arts Network 
بيان صادر عن شبكة الفنون الادائية الفلسطينية

End the Longest Occupation in History

We, organizations and individuals that make up the majority of the Palestinian cultural sector; musicians, circus artists, actors, and dancers, call upon our fellow cultural workers and organizations around the world to condemn Israel's deliberate and systematic policies of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid against the Palestinian people.

Despite all the hardships, Palestinian arts and cultural institutions continue to work in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, using the arts to mobilize and educate.

In recent weeks, the occupying Israeli military and armed Israeli settlers have deliberately killed and targeted innocent children and youth, burned farming lands, homes, mosques and churches, and have instituted policies of attacking and dividing Palestinian Holy Sites.  These premeditated policies of provocations, collective punishment and deep rooted racism against the Palestinian people requires now more than ever a voice of support, courage and humanity to be heard in Palestine and across the world.

Please find links depicting Israeli aggression and blatant racism against the Palestinian people:

We call upon our fellow artists and cultural workers and organizations to:
  • ·         Discredit and oppose mainstream manipulation of news and facts;
  • ·         Continue your solidarity, advocacy and lobbying with regards to the injustice that Palestinian people have witnessed;
  • ·         Pressure your governments to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, dismantling  the Israeli settlements and Separation wall and barriers and support international protection for Palestinians;
  • ·          Support and endorse the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), thereby boycotting and refusing to be complicit in the ongoing occupation until Israel fully abides by International Humanitarian Laws.
  • ·         Share your statement or action with us by e-mailing to

Representative organizations in the Palestinian performing arts community who have endorsed this call:
Palestinian Performing Arts Network:

Al-Harah Theatre, Bethlehem: 

The Magnificat Association, Jerusalem:

The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, Ramallah and Gaza:

Al Kamandjati Association, Ramallah:

Theatre Day Productions, Gaza:

Yes Theatre, Hebron:

The Palestinian Circus School, Ramallah:

The Freedom Theatre, Jenin refugee camp:

Popular Art Center, El Bireh:

El Funoun Dance Troupe, El Bireh:

Ashtar Theatre, Ramallah:


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