#BDS_Fail Harry Potter, Hermione and Voldemort come out against BDS
Some 150 British cultural icons, including Harry Potter
author @JK_Rowling (who is followed by an astounding 5.76 MILLION people on Twitter while following only 229), have come out against the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement
More than 150 British artists, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, have signed a public letter opposing boycott campaigns against Israel.
The group, which also includes Booker Prize-winning author Hilary
Mantel and noted historian and BBC presenter Simon Schama, wrote an op-ed in The Guardian
criticizing an earlier effort by British artists to refuse to perform
in Israel in protest of the country’s treatment of Palestinians.
“Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory
and will not further peace,” the letter said.
The letter announced the creation of Culture for Coexistence, a group
that “will be seeking to inform and encourage dialogue about Israel and
the Palestinians in the wider cultural and creative community. While we
may not all share the same views on the policies of the Israeli
government, we all share a desire for peaceful coexistence.”
Here's the best part:
Culture for Coexistence wants to be “a tiny part of the jigsaw that can
work towards breaking down barriers,” Loraine da Costa, the chair of the
group, told The Guardian in an interview. The
group also hopes to “take people to Israel and the Palestinian
territories to have a dialogue with cultural counterparts there.”
So can we expect Rowling here soon? Hmmm.
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