Why Palestinians are calling for a Sydney Festival boycott

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After what has been a monumental year for Palestinian organising and resistance, none of us expected to be spending the last couple of weeks of 2021 frantically reaching outs to artists, creatives, and performers asking them to withdraw from a major, international arts and culture festival. However, after being made aware that the Sydney Festival brought the Israeli embassy on board as a ‘Star Sponsor’, accepting $US 20,000 in sponsorship, we felt that we had no choice. The call for a boycott came after a statement was signed by a cross-section of Palestinian, First Nations and other artists, …

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