Dozens of U.K. artists, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, have signed a letter published in The Guardian protesting the idea of culturally boycotting Israel and expressing support for Culture for Coexistence, an independent British network committed to informing and encouraging dialogue about the Jewish state in the cultural community.
“We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable,” the letter states.
“We are writing to declare our support for the launch and aims of Culture for Coexistence—an independent U.K. network representing a cross-section from the cultural world. We will be seeking to inform and encourage dialogue about Israel and the Palestinians in the wider cultural and creative community,” write the artists.
“While we may not all share the same views on the policies of the Israeli government, we all share a desire for peaceful coexistence. Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory.”
The letter’s signatories articulated their support for a two-state solution “so that the national self-determination of both peoples is realized, with the state of Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security.”
“Cultural engagement builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change. We wholly endorse encouraging such a powerful tool for change rather than boycotting its use,” they wrote.