Artists Against Apartheid Declaration of 2010
Artists Against Apartheid is an international alliance committed to Equal Rights and Justice, and the elimination of apartheid in our world. While crimes of apartheid are ongoing in Palestine-Israel, we will stand in solidarity with the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and the Cultural Boycott of Israel:
- We support the call for international artists not to perform or exhibit work in apartheid Israel, unless in solidarity with anti-apartheid events.
- We will not perform, exhibit, or otherwise participate in events sponsored by the state of Israel or institutions complicit in its apartheid.
- We will not perform, exhibit or otherwise participate in events which deceptively suggest symmetry or shared responsibility between “both sides” for Israel’s ongoing colonial oppression of the Palestinian people and its system of apartheid.
The cultural boycott of Israel, as a key component of the global BDS Movement, shall be maintained until Israel meets its moral and legal obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination by:
1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall;
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
Artists Against Apartheid
Written in coordination with the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (www.PACBI.org)
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International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid
The “crime of apartheid” is defined as acts “committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them”. – Excerpted from the 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid.