Culture for Coexistence is an independent UK network representing a cross section from the cultural world.
We seek to inform and encourage dialogue about Israel in the wider cultural and creative community. Whilst we may not all share the same views on the policies of the Israeli government, we all share a desire for peaceful coexistence.
Cultural boycotts and the delegitimisation of Israel are not constructive ways to achieve that peaceful coexistence.
Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory and will not further peace. Open dialogue and interaction promote greater understanding and mutual acceptance. It is through such understanding and acceptance that movement can be made towards a resolution of the conflict.
Ultimately what we all believe in is a two state solution so that the national self-determination of both peoples is realised, with the State of Israel and a Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security.
Cultural engagement builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change. It is important to encourage such a powerful tool for change rather than boycotting its use.
Loraine da Costa