STAND UP TO THOSE KILLING ARTISTS
Stop arming Israel and call for an end to the targeting and murder of Palestinian artists.
A BRIEF CONTEXT
In 1936, popular poet Nuh Ibrahim was murdered by the British Mandate in Palestine. Israel has killed famous artists, including writer Ghassan Kanafani in Lebanon in 1972, writer and poet Kamal Nasser in Lebanon in 1973 and cartoonist Naji Al Ali in the UK in 1987.
In 2011, The Freedom Theatre’s Co-founder and Artistic Director, Juliano Mer Khamis, was assassinated outside the theatre. Whilst there has been no investigation or justice, Israel’s history of killing artists and their continued targeting of The Freedom Theatre suggests they might be behind his murder.
Since October 2023, an unprecedented number of writers, poets, theatremakers and journalists in Gaza have been killed. Many have been deliberately targeted, including poet, writer and academic Dr Refaat Alareer, who was murdered on December 7th 2023.
Palestinian artists who are Israeli citizens often receive death threats. In 2016, writer and B.D.S. Co-Founder Omar Barghouti, whom the Israeli Minister of Intelligence threatened with “civil assassination” at a public conference in front of two hundred people and the world's media. In 2015, poet Doreen Tatour received multiple death threats and racist messages after she was released from prison, and settlers attempted to kill her three times.
The persecution, killing or causing severe mental or physical harm to a person, including artists, is considered a crime against humanity and can be tried in the International Criminal Court.
EXAMPLES OF ACTION TO INSPIRE YOUR OWN
GET YOUR UNION
TO JOIN THE CALL
TO STOP ARMING ISRAEL
WORKERS IN PALESTINE is a coalition of over 30 Palestinian trade unions and professional associations, issuing a united call to stop arming Israel. Follow the Workers Art Collective and get your collective of actists or union to join the call.
A WEAPONS FACTORY
Around the globe groups are closing down weapons factories, including WORKERS FOR PALESTINE who read testimonies of Paslestine artists during their picket
DEMAND A MEMORIAL
UCL ACTION FOR PALESTINE took direct action to demand that the Student Center by renamed “The Refaat Alareer Student Centre”. The University College London has still not issued a statement or acknowledged their former student Dr Refaat Alareer, the poet and writer who was murdered in November 2023.
SPREAD THE WORDS
Most recently when much-loved poet, writer and academic Dr Refaat Alareer was deliberately murdered in Gaza, people rose to the challenge penned in his last poem: “If I die, you must live to tell my story”. The poem has been translated into 160 languages, and performed at vigils and Palestine solidarity rallies worldwide.
READ TESTIMONIES FROM THE REVOLUTION'S PROMISE
The Revolution's Promise is a collation of testimonies from Palestinian artists under attack.
Below are testimonies in English specific to artists receiving death threats, attacks on their lives or those
who have been murdered. These testimonies are available to be read, performed and shared at public events, protests, University and in your local community or groups
THE LIFE AND WORK OF ARTISTS WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED
POET & REVOLUTIONARY
Born in 1913, Nuh was called "the popular poet of the 1936 revolution". His poetry represented the beginning of the golden age of Palestinian folk poetry. Nuh was imprisoned by the British mandate who occupied Palestine. In 1936 they shot and murdered him at 25 years old.
POLITICAL LEADER, WRITER & POET
Born 1925 in Gaza, Kamal was educated in Political Science in Birzet University and later studied law. He was a Palestinian political leader, writer, and poet. He produced al-Ba‘ath newspaper from Ramallah and set up al-Jil al-Jadid (The New Era). Kamal was killed in West Beirut on the night of 1973 by Israeli special forces.
WRITER & MEMBER OF THE PFLP
Born in 1936 in Akka, Ghassan was an author and a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He wrote many famous stories, including 'Men In The Sun' and 'Return For Haifa. In 1972, at the age of 36, Ghassan was assassinated by Isreal in Beirut when he turned on the ignition of his car, detonating a grenade which in turn detonated a 3-kilo plastic bomb. He was murdered, together with his 17 old niece, Lamees Najim.
NAJI AL ALI
Born 1938, Naji is described as the greatest Palestinian cartoonist. He drew over 40,000 cartoons and is best known as the creator of the character Handala. Naji was murdered in London in 1987. Whilst it was never confirmed, it is suspected to be a Mossad assassination.