Re: Call for a cultural boycott of Israel

From: saul ostrow (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Dec 04 2006 - 06:11:01 PST

I wish that someone would call a boycott against artists from the
States -- it would show our gov't and our audiences that business
(culture) can not go on as usual when as policy our government
continues to openly engage in, support and is complicit in crimes
against humanity. Yes a boycott against US artist (in the broadest
sense) is a good idea
On Dec 4, 2006, at 8:41 AM, Yoel Meranda wrote:

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