Friday February 23, 2024 ~ DON'T STOP TALKING ABOUT GAZA, ABOUT THE GENOCIDE HAPPENING UNDER OUR EYES ~ CEASEFIRE NOW. Enduring peace is only achievable by a political agreement which ends OCCUPATION and APARTHEID. Break the endless cycles of violence. Violence to which Europe has been shamefully complicit in so many ways and for so long ~ October 7, 2023 aftermath: DAI offers an evolving feed, or call it a social media frenzy-filter. Dear members of the extended DAI community are sharing links with us ~ new articles are integrated with older ones, on a near daily base: topic wise.
The street is empty
as a monk’s memory,
and faces explode in the flames
and the dead crowd the horizon
No vein can bleed
more than it already has,
no scream will rise
higher than it’s already risen.
We will not leave!
The tonic to go with the Djinn of the social media feed
"If only our timelines could be replaced by timedials, in a metaphorical coding sense, could social media platforms generate more recursive, less-linear experiences? If this is asking (or expecting too) much from the US centric corporate owned platforms, then could a tonic, the tonic to go with the Djinn of the social media feed, be the parallel readings of Palestinian historians, writer and poets who invite us to longer term conjectures and durations?" From "Timeline Palestine" a text by Harun Morrison (DAI, 2020) published on the 30th of October 2023 by Nero
It’s really no surprise that resistance and literature go hand in hand:
Fadwa Tuqan, Mahmoud Darwish, Ibrahim Tuqan, Noor Hindi and Hanan Mikha’il Ashrawi.
DEAR MEMBERS OF THE EXTENDED DAI COMMUNITY ARE SHARING LINKS
YOUR suggestions are most welcome as well, send them to: WORLD@dutchartinstitute.eu
Court orders Netherlands to halt delivery of fighter jet parts to Israel.
INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
The Hague, 26 January 2024 ~ ICJ ruled that accusation of genocide against Israel is credible, that Palestinians face urgent, catastrophic situation & that Israeli leaders express genocidal intent. It ordered Israel to immediately halt killing and all other prohibited acts under the Genocide convention.
URGENT LETTER FROM 'DUTCH SCHOLARS FOR PALESTINE' TO ALL DUTCH HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS:
"In light of this ruling, it is the duty of third-state governments to immediately implement the orders of ICJ. Concretely, this also means that third-state institutions that uphold the principles of international law are required to prevent complicity in acts of genocide, which has included the wanton and deliberate destruction of all universities and most schools throughout Gaza and the killing of 4327 students, and 231 teachers and school administrators."
"For publicly-funded Dutch higher education institutions, this means we no longer have the choice whether to cut ties with Israeli institutions and corporations aiding and abetting genocide. We are morally bound by the broad remit of the ruling and order by the International Court of Justice, the world’s highest judicial authority on international law."
THE HAGUE, 29 December 2023 ~ The Republic of South Africa institutes proceedings against the State of Israel and requests the International Court of Justice in The Hague to indicate provisional measures (No. 2023/77)
Well known actors have come together to read the case files out loud. Palestine Festival of Literature presents over 50 clauses of the comprehensive case South Africa lays out, charging Israel with genocide.
More than 900 popular movements, unions, political parties, and other grassroots organizations have signed an open letter to support South Africa's case.
“We urge national governments to immediately file a Declaration of Intervention in support of the South African case against Israel at the International Court of Justice to stop the killing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” ADD YOUR NAME
January 18, 2024 ~ Boston Review: The Silencing of Fred Dube ~ Forty years ago, the exiled South African activist dared to teach Zionism critically. A furious backlash ensued.
13 January 2024, a media release from the Namibian Presidency:
Namibia rejects Germany’s Support of the Genocidal Intent of the Racist Israeli State against Innocent Civilians in Gaza. On Namibian soil, Germany committed the first genocide of the 20th century in 1904-1908, in which tens of thousands of innocent Namibians died in the most inhumane and brutal conditions. The German Government is yet to fully atone for the genocide it committed on Namibian soil. Therefore, in light of Germany’s inability to draw lessons from its horrific history, President Dr Hage G.Geingob expresses deep concern with the shocking decision communicated by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany yesterday, 12 January 2024, in which it rejected the morally upright indictment brought forward by South Africa before the International Court of Justice that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.
NOT IN OUR NAME
It Is Our Duty To Speak Out When Our Governments’ Policies Are Wrong.
February 2, 2024 ~ Transatlantic Civil Servants’ Statement on Gaza: coordinated by civil servants in European Union institutions and bodies: The Netherlands, United States. Also endorsed by civil servants in: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
EUROVISION ~ Art washing Israel's Gaza genocide:
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate call on the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to ban Israel from the Eurovision Song Contest – the world’s biggest live music event – or face widespread boycotts.
"We, Palestinans and Israeli's, based in the Netherlands,
call for action from the part of the Dutch Government". In a collectively written Open Letter to Dutch newspaper Het Parool, the group of around 70 people, urges the Dutch government to demand for an immediate ceasefire.
Palestinian Students’ Urgent Call to Students Around the Globe:
Statement Birzeit University
issued by the Birzeit University Union of Professors and Employees in response to the ongoing genocide of Gaza perpetrated by the state of Israel. (Birzeit is a public university based in the West Bank, in Palestine).
Jewish Voices for Peace
Suspend Israel from International Sports
With a few notable exceptions, our governments and elected representatives continue to toe the official line of Israel – even increasing diplomatic, financial and military support to it despite countless violations of international laws, international humanitarian laws, and UN resolutions. The International Olympic Committee, FIFA, UEFA, FIBA, and other sports organisations are complicit as they allow a continuous participation of the occupying apartheid regime in their events. Following a swift response and an instant suspension of Russia, it is now difficult for them to justify turning a blind eye to the Israeli government’s actions.
We must however take heart from history and support the liberation of Palestine as generations before us brought apartheid to an end in South Africa. That struggle took on all possible dimensions, with one of the earliest being suspension of sporting ties – which aided in peacefully isolating the South African regime, demonstrated a global rejection of apartheid and changed domestic perspectives in the country.
Silence is Complicity
"We call on all European institutions and governments to break from their inaction and make every effort to prevent the continued massacre of Palestinians in Gaza and their arrest and intimidation in the West Bank".Institute of Radical Imagination/ Foundation for Art Initiatives. SIGN THE PETITION HERE.
Open Letter from the Art Community to Cultural Organizations
We demand the resignation of European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen
who violated the European Union‘s legal framework and disregarded basic moral decency. While condemning attacks on civilians in Israel, she has supported the sealing off of civilians in Gaza from water, food and electricity and the bombing of the people of Gaza under the guise of “defence”. This unilateral action disregards international law and the democratic mandate of EU member states. SIGN THE PETITION BY DIEM25
Dutch Scholars for Palestine
PETITION BY Dutch Scholars for Palestine ~ network of academic and cultural workers committed to solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation and self-determination.
Cancellation and censorship in times of war:
The transnational CIMAM Museum Watch committee is following with concern the dreadful situation in Gaza and its repercussions in the worlds of art and culture—more specifically, its consequences for artists and curators who express their support for the Palestinian people.
MEANWHILE IN GERMANY
January 30, 2024 ~ Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck: "This morning, I received an email titled 'Different perspectives'. My forthcoming solo 2024 exhibition at a museum in Germany is cancelled. The correspondence of today is to be found in this Instagram post".
January 30, 2024 ~ Read award-winning Bosnian-Serbian novelist Lana Bastašić’s blazing response to yet another act of literary censorship. "Thank you for uninviting me. I would not want to be part of an institution which not only cancels artists, but seems to think silence & censorship is the right answer to genocide."
January 29, 2024 ~ Laurie Anderson Loses German Professorship Over Pro-Palestine Letter. The artist and Folkwang University jointly announced her resignation in light of Anderson’s endorsement of a “Letter Against Apartheid” over two years ago.
January 8, 2024: In Berlin, ‘Art Is Free!’- Unless It’s Standing for a Free Palestine ~ Berlin could become ‘irrelevant for global cultural and artistic discourse.’
January 2024: STRIKE GERMANY is a call for international cultural workers to strike from German cultural institutions. It is a call to refuse German cultural institutions' use of McCarthyist policies that suppress freedom of expression, specifically expressions of solidarity with Palestine.
January 4, 2024: Memory Failure ~ Germany’s commitment to Israel, a brilliant historical analysis by Pankaj Mishra for the London Review of Books.
January 4, 2024: Open Letter to the Berlin Senate Cultural Administration and to Joe Chialo, State Minister for Culture and Social Cohesion. ~ Against the compulsory commitment to the controversial IHRA definition of antisemitism as a prerequisite for cultural funding from the federal state of Berlin.
December 18, 2023: "Hannah Arendt would not qualify for the Hannah Arendt prize in Germany today ~ The irony of Masha Gessen almost not being awarded the prize because of their writings on Gaza is almost too thick to cut" ~ article by Samantha Hill, the author of Hannah Arendt, a biography, and Hannah Arendt’s Poems.
December 11, 2023: Eyal Weizman of Forensic Architecture shares that a lecture by Phoebe Walton of Forensis, a nonprofit sister research association committed to counter-investigating violence and repression by state and corporate actors around the world got cancelled by the Dean of the Technical University (RWTH) of the German city Aachen after Forensic Architecture was described as an antisemitic organisation for its human rights work in Palestine. The lecture was supposed to be about the Dutch police killing of a German man in Amsterdam.
December 9, 2023: The German Green Party-affiliated Heinrich Böll Foundation, “in agreement with the Bremen Senate,” is withdrawing from awarding the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought to the Russian-American journalist , Masha Gessen citing Gessen’s recent New Yorker essay “In the Shadow of the Holocaust ~ How the politics of memory in Europe obscures what we see in Israel and Gaza today.” as the reason for the decision.
December 4, 2023, Brief aus Berlin - kritische Wissenschaftler*innen an die deutsche Politik und Öffentlichkeit and Letter from Berlin - On the situation in Germany in the wake of October 7. (The English version of Brief aus Berlin, published in the Boston Review, with an introduction by Harvard University’s Peter E. Gordon).
November 29, 2023: Candice Breitz exhibition in Germany is cancelled over her Middle East views. The artist, who is Jewish, says the “level of German self-righteousness is beyond absurd”.
November 22, 2023: Human dignity for all: A response to “Principles of solidarity. A statement”, signed by 109 academics and intellectuals.
November 13, 2023 ~ Principles of solidarity. A statement" ~ Nicole Deitelhoff, Rainer Forst, Klaus Günther & Jürgen Habermas.
November 10, 2023: Documenta Resignation Letter ~ Bracha L. Ettinger
November 13, 2023: Documenta Resignation Letter ~ Ranjit Hoskote
A STATEMENT from BERLIN CULTURE WORKERS for PALESTINE:"This statement is more than a diagnosis or complaint: we are sounding the alarm".
Freedom for the One Who Thinks Differently ~ An open letter from a group of Jewish artists, writers, and scholars in Germany.
IT IS TIME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT
In a new mini-documentary from The Electronic Intifada, Nora Barrows-Friedman explains the difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.
The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism is a tool to identify, confront and raise awareness about antisemitism as it manifests in countries around the world today. It includes a preamble, definition, and a set of 15 guidelines that provide detailed guidance for those seeking to recognize antisemitism in order to craft responses. It was developed by a group of scholars in the fields of Holocaust history, Jewish studies, and Middle East studies to meet what has become a growing challenge: providing clear guidance to identify and fight antisemitism while protecting free expression.
The Jerusalem Declaration offers a strong, viable alternative to the contested IHRA working definition of Antisemitism.
FILMS and DOCUMENTARIES to WATCH
A WEALTH OF PALESTINIAN FILMS (made available for free): Palestine Films: international institution for serving the Palestinian films and films about Palestine.
Released just shortly before 7 October, 2023: Israelism ~ Official trailer When two young American Jews raised to unconditionally love Israel witness the brutal way Israel treats Palestinians, their lives take sharp left turns (see the film's website as well).
Palestine Is Still The Issue (2002) ~ a still completely relevant documentary by renowned journalist John Pilger, who passed away 30 December 2023 at 84. From Palestine to Cambodia, Pilger worked extensively to expose human suffering caused by imperialist governments.
RESOURCES context, history, research, reflection, activism, support.
Seeing Genocide: Read curator, filmaker, scholar Ariella Aïsha Azoulay's seminal text (published December 8): Israel’s weaponization of images since October 7 obfuscates its genocidal campaign against Palestinians. Seminal text by curator, filmmaker, and Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay. Published by the: Boston Review ~ independent political and literary forum
Noura Erakat's incredibly powerful statement "Western Leaders & Media Are Justifying Israel’s “Genocidal Campaign” Against Palestinians" begins with a commendation to Democracy Now! Democracy Now!:
"an oasis in a sea of warmongering across mainstream media".
Democracy Now ! Democracy Now ! continues to offer a platform to those brave voices that are speaking truth to power, while not giving in to chilling, neo-fascist discourses, be they anti-Palestinian, Islamophobic or anti-Semitic (or a mixture of all three). Brave voices such as that of:
Israel's award-winning journalist Amira Hass, Haaretz correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the only Israeli Jewish journalist to have spent 30 years living in and reporting from Gaza and the West Bank breaks down as she tries to put into words the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza, Israel's plan for even greater slaughter, and the world's indifference. She then decries the marginalization and suppression of the Israeli left, as “extreme fascists” in the Netanyahu government have whipped the Israeli public into one that is “drunk with the will to take: revenge.”
The Vera List Center at the New School in New York generously shares a great list of resources by artists and activists, weaving essays, films, poetry, programs, and sounds that draw on its 30-year archive of critical conversations on Palestinian resistance—essays on BDS, co-resistance, allyship, and decolonization by among others Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Yazan Khalili, Joshua Simon, Ann Stoler, Eyal Weizman, Kareem Estefan, Emily Jacir, Khalil Rabah, Rasha Salti and Ella Shohat.
Extensive hour-to-hour covering: Aljazeera English
The Electronic Intifada is regularly hosting a LIVE STREAM with news and well-informed, sharp and in-depth analyses from the perspective of the resistance.
The Institute for Palestine Studies ~ the most reliable source of information and analysis on the Question of Palestine.
Read The Ten Myths About Israel and watch a brief, yet highly insightful conversation between its author, the brilliant, exiled Israeli historian, political scientist and brave human being Ilan Pappe, and journalist Max Blumenthal about how the mere presence of the Palestinians threatens the dominant Israeli narrative. About how settler colonialism and Zionism are completely entangled and how the international racist and anti-semitic extreme right came to embrace the State of Israel. Link: Youtube: 30th of March 2017
BRILLIANT CONVERSATION: The myth of Israel's 'democracy' with Ilan Pappé | The Chris Hedges Report
The Palestine Chronicle: A Wall and a Watchtower: Why is Israel Failing?
Breaking the Silence ~ an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.
Novara Media is an independent media organisation ~ driven to build a new media for a different politics.
DDN ~ DoubleDownNews: "WE SERVE PEOPLE NOT POWER ~ In an ever increasingly divided world, our job isn’t to drive people further apart with fear and fiction but bring them together with empathy and evidence."
Mondoweiss is an independent website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy. It provides news and analysis unavailable through the mainstream media regarding the struggle for Palestinian human rights.
The Balfour Project: acknowledging Britain’s historic and continuing responsibilities, works through education and advocacy to advance equal rights for all in Palestine/Israel, regardless of race or creed.
Amnesty International has created a free 90-minute course called “Deconstructing Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians”. To learn more about the crime of apartheid in international law, what apartheid looks like in Israel/OPT, and how it affects Palestinians’ lives, sign up their course on Amnesty International’s human rights education academy.
BAK (Utrecht) offers:"75 years of dispossession ~ 56 years of occupation ~ 16 years of blockade", assembled under the title To Read the War on BAK’s digital forum.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
These two, above mentioned, passionately delivered online-seminars by independent journalist and researcher Richard Medhurst are substained by a wealth of online articles in business-journals and on policy platforms worldwide, reporting on older to very recent (until the beginning of October)deliberations and contracts or contracts-in-the-making between various heads of states, companies and Israel as well as the Palestinian Authority (who is not in charge of Gaza).
DO WHAT YOU CAN
January 27, 2024: If there was ever a time to donate to UNRWA, it is now. When 9 Western countries - led by the US - have decided to cut their funding in a dystopian retaliation for the ICJ ruling, and therefore cut Palestinians' main source of humanitarian assistance.
Be the beacon of hope for Palestine refugees. Giving to UNRWA today will help provide vital food, and cash assistance to thousands of Palestine refugee families. Give now!
Buy Palestinian products (in the Netherlands):
19 NOVEMBER 2023 ~ national demonstration at 14:00
Sunday 29/10/2023: National Demonstration in The Hague beginning at 14:00 at the Malieveld ~ The demonstration is organised by a broad coalition of organizations for a free Palestine ~ About the demonstration (in Dutch).
CALL FOR DEMONSTRATION IN AMSTERDAM SUNDAY 15/10/2023. BEGINNING AT THE DAM at 14:00