Noam Chomsky clarified a position last month for Artists for Palestine UK (see https://artistsforpalestine.org.uk/2017/10/12/chomsky-clarifies-position-on-the-cultural-boycott-of-israel/; obtained on 11-21-17) which included the following excerpt from the cited article:
“Artists for Palestine UK contacted Professor Chomsky to ask him to clarify his position, for the record.
He has given us this statement:
‘I am opposed to any appearance in Israel that is used for nationalistic or other propaganda purposes to cover up its occupation and denial of Palestinian human rights. I’ve been involved in activities to hold Israel accountable for its international law violations since before the BDS movement took shape. While I have some tactical differences with the BDS movement, I strongly support the actions and continue to participate in them.’
Asked about arguments that invoke Israel’s purported democracy, he said:
‘The oft repeated idea that Israel is a “vibrant democracy” is an absurd one. Unless the qualification is purely symbolic, there can be no “democratic Jewish (Christian, Muslim, white) state”. In the case of Israel, the “Jewishness” is very far from symbolic. There is no need to repeat here what I’ve written in the past, documenting extensively Israel’s discriminatory practices.’
APUK thanks Professor Chomsky for his clarification, and respectfully draws the attention of any artist contemplating performing or exhibiting in Israel to the essential point he makes: that the presence of international artists in Israel is used by the government to cover up its occupation and human rights abuses.”
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