Re: Call for a cultural boycott of Israel

From: Yoel Meranda (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Dec 04 2006 - 05:41:53 PST

A "cultural boycott" sounds ridiculous to me.

Who are you trying to punish? Israeli artists?

How would the Americans feel if the world boycotted all their art
because of their country's policies. So ban all American art, with no
discrimination, whether it is universal, whether it preaches humanism,
respect towards the other, or criticizes its government?

How is this going to help your cause? Punish the artists who are
usually the ones who fight most against the oppression, the
xenophobia, the wars?

So US artists should be boycotted? Sudanese artists should be
boycotted? Afghan artists should have been boycotted during Taliban?
China, who tortures thousands of people, should be boycotted? Russia,
too? Or do you think Israel is the only country in the world who has
crimes against humanity?

This is ridiculous...

How is it that the artists and scientists (of all people) choose to
boycott artist and scientists (of all people).

Multicultural dialogue is the only solution... if there is any...

Amos Gitai is one of my favorite filmmakers alive, his films are very
critical of the Israeli government's policies and he tries to
understand the narrative of both sides, especially the Palestinians.
But according to some, the world should hear no more of what he has to

Arbitary "borders" should have no influence on who we choose to read,
listen, watch...


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