Oct 17, 2011

#BDS: The Sensitive Case of Boycott among Palestinians Inside Israel

"At what point does Palestinian culture become complicit in whitewashing Israel’s crimes? Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish examines the specificities of cultural production under Israeli occupation among ‘48 Palestinians living in Israel.

Occupied Jerusalem – The cultural boycott of Israel invites contested debate among Palestinians living in Israel. It’s true that the boycott has gained a consensus as of late, but limits of the boycott seem more problematic for Israeli Palestinians compared to people living outside Israel. This is because funds enshrining civil rights such as health and education provided by the Israeli state to Arab ‘citizens’ are mixed with state-funded cultural production. This funding accomplishes more than a symbolic act and goes well beyond simple matters of Palestinian rights as citizens of Israel. It establishes a climate of complicity with the state that is hard to disentangle, especially in the context of calls for a cultural boycott."

Read more: http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/sensitive-case-boycott-among-palestinians-inside-israel

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