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Israeli links to Liverpool Biennial challenged

Friends of Palestine call for end to 'sponsorship'

Published on July 11th 2014.


Israeli links to Liverpool Biennial challenged
 

THE Liverpool Biennial Art festival has been urged to end its links with Israel by a local Palestinian support group.

The Bold Street-based Liverpool Friends of Palestine has sent a letter to the trustees of the festival, which opened last weekend, after noting that the Embassey of Israel was listed among its "Funders and Supporters" in official publicity material.

LFOP says it has asked the Biennial for clarification on the precise nature of the deal but has so far received no reply.

Nevertheless it is urging the festival o cut its ties, warning that "those who accept such sponsorship risk appearing to endorse the maltreatment of Palestinians".

Liverpool Biennial Israel EmbassyLiverpool Biennial's funders and supporters

In a letter sent to Paula Ridley, chair of the board of Biennial trustees, LFOP Chairman Colin McKean says that even before the events of this week such sponsorship was inappropriate: "Israel's treatment of the Palestinians is oppressive...Now as the festival begins, many Palestinians lie dead, several hundred are in overstretched hospitals and even more are detained in prison". 

The letter concludes with an invitation to terminate the Funder/Supporter relationship and to return any money that may have been received.

LFOP, which says it is not affiliated to any political party, will also on Sunday call on Neil Young - who plays the Echo Arena that day - to cancel his scheduled performance in Tel-Aviv.

Liverpool Confidential has also asked the Liverpool Biennial for a comment but so far none has been forthcoming.

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64 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Nick CowanJuly 11th 2014.

The only "inappropriate" response would be for the Biennial trustees to take any notice of the one-eyed LFOP. To accede to their illiberal request would "risk appearing to endorse" the indiscriminate murder of innocent Israelis (Jew and Arab alike) with rockets from Gaza. Anti-semitism is fascism!

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John BradleyJuly 11th 2014.

And critising Israel when it behaves like it is, is not Anti Semisism, blindly supporting Israel is fascism.

AnonymousJuly 11th 2014.

Hear hear Bradders

King David HotelJuly 13th 2014.

As Israel is carrying out acts of genocide against Arabs (who are a Semitic race) then technically Israel is anti-Semitic.

AnonymousJuly 14th 2014.

genocide? that's a bit OTT and delusional isn't it.

King David HotelJuly 14th 2014.

It's what the Americans call 'shooting fish in a barrel'. Same principle as the Nazis and the Warsaw Ghetto.

AnonymousJuly 15th 2014.

Godwin's law has been invoked, hurrah!!!

AnonymousJuly 15th 2014.

Thank goodness for Godwin's Law for it provides something to say for the smug idiots who otherwise have nothing to contribute. One can only imagine their excitement when the opportunity arises.....Ooh ooooh Godwin's Law...I must....now how do you spell invoke....... Nobody's allowed to say anything now....it's the LAW.....(self satisfied nod to themselves).

King David HotelJuly 15th 2014.

No doubt some American inanity for the amusement of onanists.

John BradleyJuly 15th 2014.

If it was going to be invoked it would have nee for Nick Cowans original comment.

Sivan AmarJuly 11th 2014.

Nick, I completely agree with you!

Sivan AmarJuly 11th 2014.

I completely agree with you, Nick! Illiberal is the perfect word to describe this LFOP as denying sponsorship of an arts festival is essentially denying these artists' views to be expressed to the world. And that's oppressive, indeed. The blindfold under which the LFOP operates needs to be removed so they can realize that the Israeli Embassy sponsors Jewish and Arab Israeli artists alike, even when those artists criticize it. It would seem the only thing the Palestinians endorses nowadays is human shields and murder by inciting the Israeli army (an army!) into action. Where is the humanity in that, the humanity that the Israeli Embassy supports by sponsoring an arts & humanities project such as the wonderful Liverpool Biennial?

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John BradleyJuly 11th 2014.

What you have just said is extremely racists as it assumes that all Palestinians support the actions of Hamas. Also keep in mind that all Israels do military service, the reserve is vast and they don't live apart from the rest of the Israeli population so they are just as much using the population as human shields.

AnonymousJuly 14th 2014.

conscription and national service are categorically not using the population as human shields and that's a crazy thing to say. Hamas like to put their rocket launchers near to homes and schools because a) they know it makes Israel less likely to attack them before the rockets can be fired and b) they are happy to trade their civilians lives for global headlines which generate the type of support that LFOP offer.

John BradleyJuly 14th 2014.

What it means is those Hamas rockets fall on areas containing members of the Israeli military. Same justification as IDF uses to attack Palestinian land. Israel has systematically and cynically taken Palestinian Territory. If any surround country had taken a slice of Israeli territory the IDFs attack would be relentless and would not be confined to the taken land.

John BradleyJuly 14th 2014.

The other point, of course, is that it isn't necessary to take Hamas' bait. Especially when it is so ineffective. In the normal course of things terrorist activities would be handled by the government of the state where they were committed, but Israel has repeatedly said it will invade if the Palestinians declare a state. Israel has deliberately created a situation where there is no effective state in the west bank and Gaza and then has punished the residents for this lack of a state apparatus. If Israel over the last 60+ years had been very restrained and not responded the death toll on both sides would be far lower. The US and the west, with their unconditional support for Israel have removed the necessity of getting on with its neighbours, so the likes of Netanyahu can play up to their local right wingers. The closest analogy that I can find is the crusader states funded and armed by Europe and that didn't end well.

John BradleyJuly 11th 2014.

If anyone is unsure what Fascism is read en.wikipedia.org/…/Fascism… and see who you think it applies to today.

John BradleyJuly 11th 2014.

Oh and can someone mention Trains, I'm happier in the arena.

AnonymousJuly 11th 2014.

If anyone feels that strongly then they should get off their botties and take a trip over there instead of bleating platitudes and gesturing from afar. Grrrrr

Nick TimmonsJuly 12th 2014.

As the bombs rain down on Gaza and more entirely innocent civilians are killed can it really be right to deal with Israel's government representatives as if nothing abnormal is happening? The ongoing occupation of Palestine needs to brought to an end for everyone's sake.

Peter ReillyJuly 13th 2014.

I think people should read this: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/…/gaza-10-things-you-need-to-know_b_2139356.html…

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AnonymousJuly 14th 2014.

I read it and its an opinion piece and is in no way a balanced view.

AnonymousJuly 13th 2014.

It is disgraceful on so many levels that the Biennial thinks it's ok to tie up with the Israeli embassy. But strangely tolerated in this city. Speaking out against Israel, rather clumsily, was what got Phil Hayes into trouble with he law remember.

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AnonymousJuly 15th 2014.

Erm Phil Hayes ended up in a court room and pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence. It was not clumsy it was RACIST. Major difference.

Liverpool WagJuly 15th 2014.

And by the way, the stripes on that Dazzle Ship are supposed to be horizontal

AnonymousJuly 16th 2014.

So I assume it's fine by the artists taking part in the Biennial that their sponsors kill innocent children in broad daylight on a beach. Still, better than an honest day's work eh?

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AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

By accident non, not deliberately. Should Israel just do nothing while it is attacked?

John BradleyJuly 17th 2014.

Yes. Doing nothing would be the best policy and would lead to the fewest deaths of Israeli's in the short term. Yes Israeli is killing children deliberately. You cannot lob a bomb into a populated area and claim not to be doing so.

AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

Seriously John over a thousand rockets fired at a country and you think the government can seriously do nothing? Just take it on the chin and not say try to destroy the rocket launchers or the stockpiles of rockets? If it were the UK on the receiving end would you be happy for our government to do nothing?

John BradleyJuly 17th 2014.

How many people killed by these rockets? So really you don't care how many Israelis are killed in the tit for tat exchanges, it is all about maintaining the princely honor of the state of Isreal. The IRA killed far more than hamas, there were no bombing raids on the bog side.

AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

Hamas would kill a lot more if it wasn't for the Israeli and Egyptian security fences and border controls plus the constant high state of alert. How many are killed really isn't the point the country is under attack it has to defend itself and protect its citizens. I really don't know how many the IRA or Hamas have killed but one death from terrorism is too many, governments most fundamental duty is to protect its people.

John BradleyJuly 17th 2014.

Israeli would kill a lot more people if it wasn't for international pressure. So it's not about people being killed, it is about the pride of state, so you're making it clear that the deaths of Israelis are not the problem for Israel but not being able to stop the missiles is. You don't care about Israeli deaths or anybody else that is quite clear. If taking it on the chin for a while is they way to peace it is clear that you aren't prepared to take it, you more interest in short term posturing than in a long term body count. What you sound like is someone reading from a book of laws about how princes and chieftains should act.

AnonymousJuly 20th 2014.

you completely misunderstand me and what I'm saying. The israeli government must protect its people and therefore must act when it has rockets fired at the country at civilian areas. Its not a book of laws its what people elect their governments to do - first and foremost is to protect them. To suggest I don't care about death is crass in the extreme, if I didn't care about this why would I post here?

John BradleyJuly 21st 2014.

So you are saying it is not about the number of Israeli deaths, because I made the clear point that in the long the run the number of Israeli deaths would be minimised by taking it on the chin, you say that is not an option Israeli must react. In doing that it is quite clearly not defending it is people, but take a course dictated for other reasons. Doing what a party must do to get into power is not the same as doing the best to protect citizens.

AnonymousJuly 21st 2014.

how can you say Israel is not defending its people it is targeting Hamas militants who have fired hundreds of rockets at Israel over the last few weeks, that is an act of self defence. And you point about pacifism being the long term answer can only be the case if both sides adhear to it, when they don't the other side simply cannot sit there an take it. There have been ceasefires in the last few days, each time Israel observes them and Hamas doesn't, how much of that do you have to take before you act?

John BradleyJuly 21st 2014.

Israel's actions will result in more deaths of Israelis therefore it is not protecting them. It is acting out of pride and arrogance. It hasn't stopped the rockets and doesn't look likee it will as a stratergy it has failed year after year, that is if it is a stragery to bring peace. I never said pacifism. I never said no action. Israel has not observed the cease-fires any more than Hamas, both sides ignored the UN last call. Israeli has deliberately destroyed the control structures in Gaza, doing this makes it impossible for the center to enforce any ceasefire. In military parlance what the Israelis have done is go for a decapitation strike, the is a well documents and well explored stratagem and its outcomes well plotted. It is obvious that in the situation the consequences are lack of control.

AnonymousJuly 17th 2014.

Very difficult to defend either side in this situation: as is often the case in that part of the world each is as loathsome, despicable, hateful and bellicose as the other

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King David HotelJuly 19th 2014.

Tanks against civilians? Aircraft with guided missiles against homes and hospitals? Hardly a fair fight is it?

AnonymousJuly 20th 2014.

Its not fair it is the means that israel has at its disposal to defend itself and it is Hamas that chooses to put its military kit in civilian areas.

John BradleyJuly 20th 2014.

There are no non civilian areas of Gaza, it is full, the Israelis even attack the beach.

King David HotelAugust 20th 2014.

And even the zoo, killing many of the animals. Still they MUST have been militants and terrorists otherwise action would have been taken against mass-murdering Israel.

AnonymousJuly 19th 2014.

Slightly skewed by the fact that similarly armed thugs are hiding amongst the unfortunate innocents and locations you mention

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King David HotelJuly 19th 2014.

Rubbish! Justify your hiarious statement!

AnonymousJuly 19th 2014.

Is that an Arabic word?

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John BradleyJuly 19th 2014.

Nice attempt at changing the subject.

AnonymousJuly 19th 2014.

Butt out and do some cut n paste pics of roadsigns soft lad

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John BradleyJuly 19th 2014.

and you can't even work out how to use the system properly.

King David HotelJuly 21st 2014.

ANONYMOUSOn Thursday at 12:41 PM. “Seriously John over a thousand rockets fired at a country and you think the government can seriously do nothing? Just take it on the chin and not say try to destroy the rocket launchers or the stockpiles of rockets? If it were the UK on the receiving end would you be happy for our government to do nothing?” . - The United Kingdom is not comparable. Israel should not do nothing; it should immediately remove itself from the illegally-occupied West Bank and stop running Gaza like a concentration camp whilst pretending it is an independent foreign country that is being aggressive. When Iraq illegally invaded Kuwait and was condemned by the United Nations the aggressor state was being bombed by the United States in a matter of days. When Israel illegally invaded the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 and was condemned by the United Nations, the Americans did not bomb the aggressor state. After 47 years of this illegal occupation the United States has not only failed to bomb Israel, it has given the pariah state weapons that outclass those of any other country in the region. Israel is not defending itself from a foreign aggressor, it is exterminating its indigenous population.

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AnonymousJuly 21st 2014.

concentration camp? extermination? that is some heavy rhetoric. And completely untrue.

John BradleyJuly 22nd 2014.

Has anyone checked this anons IP? www.al-bab.com/…/israel-losing-the-plot.htm…

AnonymousJuly 22nd 2014.

Why check my IP? Just because we don't agree. There is room in the world for more than one opinion and sometimes John yours might not actually be right.

John BradleyJuly 22nd 2014.

No, because someone is organizing a propaganda campaign and you seem to be parroting it.

AnonymousJuly 22nd 2014.

I could argue plenty of what you said is propaganda but I don't I respect your view and argue against it. because I don't agree with you I must be doing something sinister or represent some kind of conspiracy? paranoia John, perhaps a trip to the doctor is in order...?

John BradleyJuly 22nd 2014.

You comment anonymously, as what seems to be a new user, who has not commented here before. Then you go off with the MH comments. Think that shows your level of respect.

Mickeydrippin'July 21st 2014.

Hamas fires salvos of relatively unsophisticated, nonguided rockets into Israel in the hope that they might strike lucky and hit a military target. They have not had any success due mainly to Israeli anti-missile system but they have caused some minor damage. Sadly ONE Israeli has been killed because he did not reach the air raid shelter in time. Israel responds against a crowded civilian area, that is Gaza, with high-tech American precision weapons and kill many Palestinians, who are unable to flee and have nowhere to shelter from the bombardment. It's a bit like the Hungarian Uprising - stones and Molotov Cocktails against tanks

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John BradleyJuly 21st 2014.

and flechette shells. SImilar to grape shot used against massed rank before WW1. In WW1 they need something deadlier. www.independent.co.uk/…/israelgaza-conflict-israeli-military-using-flechette-rounds-in-gaza-strip-9617480.html…

AnonymousJuly 25th 2014.

Israel is an illegal state bombing kids and other innocents because they want to take their homes away from them Any other country would've been obliterated by American forces by now. Well done to the Biennial FREE PALESTINE.

Barney WalshJuly 26th 2014.

Liverpool Biennial - why do you bring shame to our city by taking money off these fascists. No other Embassy has been tapped, says a lot about the involvement of this one at this time.

AnonymousJuly 29th 2014.

Let us all remember that the Zionist state of Israel was created from there terrorism targeted at the British forces in Palestine were two Redcaps were shot dead and then hung and booby trapped with explosives

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AnonymousJuly 29th 2014.

why? how does that help.

AnonymousJuly 29th 2014.

How about we all remember that some people thought the world was flat? It's about as relevant

John BradleyJuly 29th 2014.

It is relevant because Israeli was not built on the moral high ground but on a mound of corpses.

AnonymousJuly 30th 2014.

Ah, bit like the British Empire? But we've moved on. Dwelling in the past and bearing grudges is part of the problem, not the solution. Look ahead

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John BradleyJuly 30th 2014.

We have but Israel has not that past it is dwelling in is about 340AD and it like the British Empire at the height of its power telling the colonies to stop living in the past and get used to being colonies.

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