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'I don't feel hope,

but there is hope in solidarity'

RANIN ODEH

ACTOR AND EDUCATOR

THE FREEDOM THEATRE

 
BEGINNERS
GUIDE TO
TAKING
ACTION 

 
 
BEGINNERS
GUIDE TO
TAKING
ACTION 

 

INTRODUCTION

KEY THINGS TO REMEMBER

This is a guide to the type of action you can take and worldwide examples, with a specific focus on artists and culture. The examples of actions largely focus on responses in countries that are funding and supporting the oppression of Palestinians. Palestine has a rich history of diverse resistance which often is an inspiration behind these actions. Examples cited are independent of each other and us.

 

The below includes

 

  1. Write a statement

  2. Organise an event

  3. Take a public stance

  4. Speak out

  5. Join a protest or organise a creative one

  6. Organise a vigil 

  7. Occupy a space and create an alternative cultural event

  8. Disrupt the silence

  9. Join or create a coalition or friendship group

  10. Strike or withdraw your labour

  11. Boycott

 

Our DEMANDS also explore action linking them to 14 areas of cultural genocide and artistic censorship >>

Key things to remember on anything you do and our collated resources to help you:

 

GET CREATIVE: Our creative toolbox has resources from artists, activists, human rights groups and cultural organisations to help make your action stand out 

FIND OUT MORE >>

 

DEMANDS: What are you demanding and to who? Our demands are there to inspire you and can be adapted to be specific and tangible to those you are approaching 

FIND OUT MORE >>

 

VALUES: What are the values of your team and how do they refect those of the Palestinian liberation movement and Palestinian artists? Our demands are a pratical guide to help you reflect values  that help rather than harm 

FIND OUT MORE >>

PRINCIPLES: What principles is your team working to? We recommend the BEAUTIFUL TROUBLES guide to working principles FIND OUT MORE >>

 

SAFETY: Consider the different types of digital and practical safety measures you can take to protect those in your group, especially those more vulnerable to police and state violence. Our collected resources are a good place to start

FIND OUT MORE >>

GET WRITING

EVERYTHING
YOU NEED
TO WRITE
A STATEMENT

Colorful Pens

Statements we love and inspiration and guidance to writing your own 

FIND OUT MORE >>

WRITE A PUBLIC
LETTER OR
PUBLISH A STATEMENT 

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When Mustafa Sheta was arrested ten countries organised public letters or statements inviting artists to sign. It was a great way to inform people in the cultural sector, find other allies and bring media attention to the issue.

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL
HUMAN RIGHTSORGANISATION

Informing or highliting your concerns with your local or national human rights groups helps spread the storry to a larger platform. When Pen International spoke out about attacks on The Freedom Theatre in 2023 it led to national press coverage 

WRITE A
LETTER TO MUSTAFA

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URGE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO TAKE ACTION

PALESTINE LEGAL and over 600 legal organizations and professionals, including the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee, released letter urging elected officials and institutional leaders to take urgent measures to address unlawful retaliation against advocates for Palestinian rights. 

WRITE A LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR AN ARTIST VISA

Particularly if you have a recognised position in an arts organisation or a prestigious role in the community, your letter of support for an artist's visa could be crucial. Offer to write a letter or contact your local Politician, Artistic Director or unimportant person you might know to help.

FIND OUT MORE >>

ORGANISE AN EVENT

SPREAD THE WORDS
OF ARTISTS

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Palestinian artists have made  their testimonies, texts and poetry available to read around the world. Share their words at events, meetings, and protests.  and use storytelling to mobile globally.

ORANISE A
FUNDRAISING EVENT

Event organised by Jacque Lauritsen in Denmark

When The Freedom Theatre was raided and destroyed in December, groups worldwide organised fundraising events so that the venue could replace its equipment.  Both for The Freedom Theatre and other cultural venues this financial support is crucial as there is no way otherwise to build back after attacks, it also helps inform audiences what has happened.

Images by Flyers For Falastin & Falesteen Favorites

Read, share and perform testimonies from Palestinian artists who have experienced attacks

and censorship.

FIND OUT MORE >>

TAKE YOUR AUDIENCES
TO PALESTINE (VIRTUALY)

IN A THOUSAND SILENCES is Palestine's first-ever virtual reality film and combines dance, music, poetry and storytelling with performances.

Using the latest digital technology to defy borders, walls and checkpoints, global audiences are immersed in our cultural spaces - from the desert to the mountains, Jenin Refugee Camp and theatres both ancient and new.

ORGANISE
A BOOK CLUB

Everything you need to set up a Palestine Book Club by LEEDS PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL

FIND OUT MORE >>

FOR MORE BOOK SUGGESTIONS >>

SHARE
PALESTINIAN WORDS
ON THE TRAIN

Members of LIBRARIANS AND ARCHIVISTS WITH PALESTINE took to the subways in NYC to read Palestinian poetry and testimonies

 

FIND OUT MORE >>

BUILD DIGITAL COLLABORATION 

THEATRE FOR EVERYBODY in Gaza and THEATRE AZ in London began a long-term collaboration in 2007 to allow artists to travel to both places. At the time, Israel banned their blockade of Gaza, restricting all movement. Instead, they began a digital collaboration between artists and audiences in both places. This continued during Israel's genocide in Gaza in the form of Messages From Gaza.

TAKE A PUBLIC STANCE

EXPRESS SOLIDARITY ONLINE

Book Workers 4 Palestine

BOOK WRITERS 4 PALESTINE have been encoring writers to express solidarity online. Join them by sharing their graphics or share another groups

READ MORE >>

FLY THE FLAG

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First Nations activists in Australia share January 26, this year by flying the Palestinian flag. Survival Day is the biggest protest of the year for Indigenous Australians.

WEAR A SYMBOL FOR PALESTINE AT A CULTURAL EVENT

Whether a poppy, a kuffiyeh or embroidery, wear a symbol of Palestine at a cultural event and show your solidarity with Palestinian artists.

Contact THEATRE WORKERS FOR A CEASEFIRE for a pin to wear at a red carpet event and to help guide you on how to answer difficult questions.

READ MORE >>

WEAR A FREE MUSTAFA SHETA BADGE

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Make badges and wear them publically and to important events to highlight Mustafa Sheta, Producer of The Freedom Theatre, imprisonment without trial or charge.

RECLAIM
PALESTINIAN SYMBOLS

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From the Kuffiyeh to the watermelon learn about Palestinian symbols, and help reclaim there origins and meanings.

MAKE A STATEMENT
ON THE RED CARPET
(EVEN IF YOUR NOT INVITED)

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A flashmob at the Venice Film Festival.

READ MORE >>

SPEAK OUT

AT A PERFORMANCE

In Barcelona, a director speaks on the stage after a performance at the Sala Beckett Theatre.

AT A PROTEST

Speak out at a protest like Nat in Leeds.

AT A UNIVERSITY
ENCAMPMENT

Student actors, directors, and tech crew members from different theatre companies at the JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY ENCAMPMENT  assembled a cast to perform testimonies of artists under attack from The Revolution's Promise.

FIND OUT MORE >>

CREATE A
SOLIDARITY VIDEO  

The Red Magdalenain and artists from Las de Afuera, formed by women from Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, and Euskal Hernia, read a statement of solidarity with Palestinian artists.

JOIN A PROTEST OR ORGANISE YOUR OWN 

Main Image: Amir Rael Badry at Flyers For Falastin

Tools to help you create, protest and write statements

FIND OUT MORE >>

1 MILLION MARCH

The capital of the United Kingdom witnessed its largest demonstration in UK history, as over one million protesters flooded the streets of London on Saturday, Nov. 11. 

The protest brought together people from all backgrounds, races and religions and those of all ages.

ORGANISE A
CULTURAL RESISTANCE MARCH

In New York City artists and cultural workers organised a Cultural Resistance March, in the heart of the downtown theatre scene.

PROTEST WITH THOSE YOU FEEL AFFILIATED TO

QUEERS FOR PALESTINE have done everything from creating a queer bloc for the march, to protesting Jamie the musical for their unethical funding.

BRING YOUR MUSIC
TO THE PROTEST

Bring songs and chants to the protest like  LES AMIS DU THEATRE DE LA LIBERTE IN JENIN did in France when the marching band performed "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido" ("The united people will never be defeated").

GUIDE TO SONGS >>

PROTEST THOSE WHO CANCEL

Over 100 students at Wexner Centre for the Arts protested outside the building after it cancelled its annual Directors Dialog with Palestinian artist Jumana Manna. 

ORGANISE A VIGIL

HOLD A VIGIL IN A CULTURAL SPACE

Art workers for Palestine held a vigil at the London Tate Modern art gallery calling for arts and cultural institutions to break their silence

DEMAND A MEMORIAL

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UCL ACTION FOR PALESTINE took direct action to demand that the  Student Center by renamed “The Refaat Alareer Student Centre”. The University College London has still not issued a statement or acknowledged their former student Dr Refaat Alareer, the poet and writer who was murdered in November 2023.

HOLD A VIGIAL HIGHLIGHTIG AN INTERSECTION OF ISSUES

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Young and veteran HIV/AIDS activists, healthcare advocates, and Palestine solidarity activists gathered on the eve of the 35th annual #WorldAIDSDay at the steps of Lincoln Center to tell the US government: FUND HEALTHCARE, NOT WARFARE! 

OCCUPY A SPACE & CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE EVENT

OCCUPY A
CULTURAL SPACE

WRITERS AGAINST THE WAR ON GAZA occupied MOMA in New York to challenge the museums silence on genocide

FIND OUT MORE >>

CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE TOUR AT YOUR LOCAL MUSEUM

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Activist group BP OR NOT BP created an alternative tour of the British Museum, educating people on the origins of many of the exhibits and how the were stolen including from Palestine

ORGANISE A GUERRILLA
PERFORMANCE

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Arts and Cultural Works occupied the Barbican in London creating a Guerilla Festival demanding an end to their censorship of Palestinian artists

OCCUPY THE SPACE
& DEMAND CHANGE

ENERGY EMBARGO FOR PALESTINE staged a sit-in demonstration at the British Museum to object to the London institution accepting funding from oil giant BP.

MAKE THE WORDS OF ARTISTS UNMISSABLE
AT UNIVERSITY ENCAMPMENTS

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At TAHRIR ENCAMPMENT, University of Michigan, students wrote Refaat Alareer’s poem "If I must Die" on a huge canvas so his words could not be missed.

DISRUPT THE SILENCE

TAKE OVER A SPACE WITH THE KIDS

PARENTS FOR PALESTINE staged a creative protest at the Science Museum over its association with the Adani Group. They dropped thousands of leaflets with the names and ages of children killed in Gaza from the second-floor balcony.

PROJECT ONTO A CULTURAL SPACE

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ARTISTS AGAINST GENOCIDE project 'Silence is Complity' on the National Theatre in the UK.

INVADE THE STAGE

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ARTISTS AGAINST GENOCIDE attempted to invade the stage at Sadler Wells in opposition to their funding froms Barclays Bank.

WRITE A GIANT LETTER TO A SILENT CULTURAL ORGANISATION

QUEERS 4 PALESTINE and STOP ART WASHING write a giant letter to the CEO of the Art Gallery Ontario with one protestor placing it in the gallery.

THE PLAYWRIGHT
VS THE THEATRE

Victor I. Cazares has stopped taking their HIV meds — until the NY Theatre Workshop calls for a cease-fire in Gaza.

READ MORE >>

COMBINE ART WITH PROTEST

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Created by Ahmed Masoud, Obliterated was a theatrical experiment and an artistic protest where there as never a play or a production. Ahmed wanted to highlight what it felt like to have art and theatre taken away from the audience in protest of the bombing of the El Mishal Cultural Centre in Gaza.  

DEMAND THE RETURN
OF STOLEN ARTIFACTS

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Join local activists or group demanding the return of stolen artefacts and culture.

JOIN OR CREATE A GROUP

JOIN A DIRECT ACTION GROUP
OR FORM YOUR OWN

Writers Against The War On Gaza

Drawing together writers, editors, and other culture workers, WAWOG continues to do direct action and disruption in the USA cultural sector. Find a collective in your field or create your own.

JOIN A FRIENDSHIP GROUP
OR FORM YOUR OWN

French Friends Of The Freedom Theatre

The Freedom Theatre has friendship groups in France, USA and Sweden who are crucial to supporting the theatre from fundraising to advocacy to tours. Join a friendship group or create your own

JOIN A COLLECTIVE
OR FORM YOUR OWN

Artists Against Apartheid

ARTISTS AGAINST APARTHEID is a collective of artists worldwide who have come together to provide resources, guides and take action together. Many of their visuals can be seen across this website. Find a collective in your field or create your own.

JOIN A PERFORMANCE GROUP
OR FORM YOUR OWN

Image by Mina Miranda Alraee for the White Kite Collective

The White Kite Collective is a group of Cultural Workers united in support of the Palestinian people.

JOIN A COALITION
OR FORM YOUR OWN

SCHOLOARS AGAINST THE WAR IN PALESTINE is a coalition of academics, researchers, scholars and students working to stop the destruction of schools, universities and places of learning and the killing of those who live there. Find a coalition in your field or create your own.

ORGANISE THROUGH YOUR UNION

GET YOUR UNION TO DEMAND THE RELEASE OF
IMPRISONED ARTISTS

In Norway the actors and dancers write a statement demanding the release of imprisoned artists including from Mustafa Sheta

GET YOUR UNION
TO JOIN THE CALL
TO STOP ARMING ISRAEL

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WORKERS IN PALESTINE is a coalition of over 30 Palestinian trade unions and professional associations, issuing a united call to stop arming Israel. Follow the Workers Art Collective and get your collective of actists or union to join the call.

CLOSE DOWN
A WEAPONS FACTORY

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Around the globe groups are closing down weapons factories, including WORKERS FOR PALESTINE a coalition of workers and unions. At this picket they read testimonies of Paslestine artists during their picket

STRIKE & WITHDRAW YOUR LABOUR

GO ON STRIKE WITH
YOUR COLLUGES

100 culture workers gathered outside the National Theatre in a strike protesting arts organisations’ “deep silence” on Israeli attacks on Palestine and Palestinian artists.

ORGANISE A
STRIKE FUND

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Ravers For Palestine have set up a strike fund for DJ's to be able to join the boycott in Germany as not all musicians are able to turn down a paid gig. Solidarity should never be a privilege, so they are proposing a crowdfunded strike fund to ensure all our peers are able to boycott.

SIGN UP TO
STRIKE GERMANY

Sign up to STRIKE GERMANY a call to refuse German cultural institutions' use of McCarthyist policies that suppress freedom of expression, specifically expressions of solidarity with Palestine.

PULL OUT
IN SOLIDAITY

DJs are boycotting Berlin-based DJ streaming platform HÖR and demanding they remove their sets, after they asked two artists to cancel their set or remove clothing that showed solidarity with Palestine.

The numbers below give an example of action for each of the six key areas of cultural boycott.

1.

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Lauryn Hill, the American singer famous for her cover of Killing Me Softly, cancelled a concert in Israel at three days notice after pressure from groups calling for a cultural boycott of Israel.

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2.
 

Queer|Art publically declared its refusal to collaborate with or receive funding from any institutions that continue to contribute to this cruel system of apartheid that steals both life and land from Palestinian families.

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3.
 

The composer and producer Brian Eno has denied permission for one of Israel’s most critically acclaimed dance companies to continue using his music for a series of performances in Italy after he discovered that the Israeli embassy was sponsoring the event.

4.

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More than 20 acts have pulled out of the 2022 Sydney festival, just 48 hours before opening night, boycotting the festival over a sponsorship deal with the Israeli embassy.

5.

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Fellows end their association with TED after no longer wanting to be associated with an organisation that platforms and honours vocal supporters of Israel’s genocide of Palestinians.

6.

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Israel offered all-expenses-paid trips to 2016 Oscars host Chris Rock and 25 top nominees. The Israeli tourism ministry organized the trip with hopes that the superstars would use their platforms to show Israel in a positive light, countering worldwide outrage over Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. Not one celeb took up the offer.

CREATE AN APARTHEID FREE
CULTURAL SPACE

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The Apartheid Free Zones campaign promotes the creation of spaces of proactive solidarity with the Palestinian people. Inspired by the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, the Apartheid Free Zones (AFZ) campaign seeks to cut links of complicity in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights, especially those related to the UN-defined crime of apartheid.

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