Started 2 petitions
Banksy: We Do Not Support Your Anti-Zionist and Anti-Semitic Art
An open letter to all art enthusiasts, collectors, producers and consumers alike: British graffiti artist Banksy recently posted his latest art piece on Instagram – a poster that he first circulated at the World Travel Market convention in London (WTM London), which reads: “Visit historic Palestine: The Israeli army liked it so much they never left!”. Banksy’s vehement campaign to delegitimize the state of Israel has been apparent to the art community for several years; installations like the Walled Off Hotel near the center of Bethlehem and the many graffiti pieces adorning the wall sectioning off the West Bank incite violence and call young Palestinians to antagonize the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Banksy, as well as other high-profile artists, continue to undermine Israeli sovereignty by claiming that the state itself is an unjust military occupation on the historic land of Palestinians. These comments are completely anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic. Asserting that Jews have no right to a Jewish homeland in the Land of Israel is completely racist and cannot be tolerated from anybody, and especially not from such a well-known artist as Banksy who may propagandize this complex issue to his large following of art lovers on the topic. This type of art demonizes and ostracizes Jews and Israelis, adding hateful discourse that can lead to violent acts of anti-Semitism around the world. The art community cannot sit idle while artists, and others, normalize anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. We must reject art that promotes hatred, stifles conversation and prevents collaboration between hostile parties. We will not support racism, anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism - not from Banksy and not from any artist.
Fire Stanford RA on Basis of Explicit Threats, Hate Speech, to Ensure Dorms are Safe Space
This petition calls on Stanford University to immediately remove Hamzeh Daoud from his role as Resident Assistant (RA) of Norcliffe dorm before school starts in the Fall, in recognition of the violent threats he made against anyone identifying with Zionist beliefs on his social media. No threats of violence should be tolerated from RAs at Stanford, who are appointed and employed by the University to guide students under their charge. Hamzeh Daoud (Stanford Class of 2020), set to be an RA at Stanford University this Fall, posted publicly on his Facebook that he wants to "physically fight" Zionists on campus. Daoud wrote, “I’m gonna physically fight Zionists on campus next year if someone comes at me with their ‘Israel is a democracy’ bullshit. And after I abolish your ass I’ll go ahead and work every day for the rest of my life to abolish your petty ass ethno-supremacist, settler-colonial state.” The Facebook post has since been edited, exchanging the word "physically" for "intellectually" and Daoud has written an apology letter in which he claims he "never intended" to harm Jews on campus. These apologies, though clearly necessary and appropriate given the hateful and explicitly dangerous language used, are contradictory and surely not sufficient to allow him to govern students as an RA of a Stanford dormitory. Stanford RAs are responsible to "create opportunities for students to build inclusive and reflective environments in which differences of background and belief are explored," and therefore help shape the entire ecosystem of the University in the long run. If Daoud is an RA, pro-Israel students would feel unsafe and unable to vocalize their Zionist interests, values, and attitudes - and, at worst, might be physically assaulted for doing so. Stanford University owes its students a fair and non-violent RA, who will be able to provide them with a safe space in the dormitories. Sign this petition to demand non-violence from RAs at Stanford in the interest to protect freedom of expression, intellectual debate and physical safety of all students.