Letter to the Guardian

If you would like to add your name to the list of signatories please email contact@cultureforcoexistence.org

Dear Editor,

In February 2015 you published a letter from UK artists announcing their intention to culturally boycott Israel.

We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable or that the letter you published accurately represents opinion in the cultural world in the UK.

Therefore we are writing to declare our support for the launch and aims of Culture for Coexistence – an independent UK network representing a cross section from the cultural world.

We will be seeking to inform and encourage dialogue about Israel and the Palestinians 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 singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory and will not further peace. Open dialogue and interaction promote greater understanding and mutual acceptance and it is through such understanding and acceptance that movement can be made towards a resolution of the conflict.

Ultimately we all believe in 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. We wholly endorse encouraging such a powerful tool for change rather than boycotting its use.

Yours faithfully,

Naomi Alderman
Shay Alkalay
Bennett Arron
Daniel Battesk
John Battsek
Guto Bebb MP
Gina Bellman
Michael Berg
Josh Berger
Bob Blackman MP
Neil Blair
Iwona Blazwick OBE
Elli Bobrovizki
Gabi Bobrovizki
Melvyn Bragg
David Burrowes MP
Teresa Cahill
Colin Callender
Simon Chinn
Danny Cohen
Frank Cohen
Prof Susan Collins
Wendy Cope
Loraine da Costa
Marcus Davey
Oliver Dowden MP
Ruth Dudley Edwards
Michael Dugher MP
Brian Elias
Yigal Elstein
Allie Esiri
Michael Etherton
Moris Farhi MBE
Niall Ferguson
Stanley Fink
Larry Finlay
Amanda Foreman
Michael Foster
Andrew Franklin
Nick Fraser
Mike Freer MP
Julian Friedman
Sonia Friedman
Jonny Geller
Adele Geras
David Glick
Taryn Gold
Amanda Goldman
Richard Goldstein
Graham Gouldman
Michael Grade
Maurice Gran
Linda Grant
Miriam Gross
Tom Gross
Stephen Grosz
Peter & Martine Halban
Jan Harlan
Sir Ronald Harwood
Noreena Hertz
John Heyman
Lilian Hochhauser
Tom Holland
John Howell MP
Judy Ironside
David Japp
Andrea Jenkyns MP
Zygi Kamasa
Jack Kirkland
Evgeny Kissin
Michael Kuhn
David Kustow
Norman Lebrecht
Sam Leifer
Teddy Leifer
Camilla Lewis
David Levy
John Levy
Maureen Lipman
Andrew Macdonald
Dame Hilary Mantel
Stephen Margolis
Dan Marks
Laurence Marks
Denis McEoin
Charlotte Mendelson
Yael Mer
Ivan Moscovich
Maajid Nawaz
Anthony Newman
Gavin Newman
Hayley Newstead
Paula Noble
Tracy-Ann Oberman
Matthew Offord MP
Cosh Omar
Martin Paisner
Robin Pauley
Leo Pearlman
Daniel Peltz
Andrew Percy MP
Sir Eric Pickles
Lord Polak of Hertsmere
Monica Porter
Baroness Gail Rebuck
Charlie Redmayne
Andrew Roberts
JK Rowling
Sir Paul Ruddock
Prof Carol Rumens FRSL
Marc Samuelson
Charles Robert Saumarez Smith CBE
Prof Robert Saxton
Joanna Scanlan
Kenny Schachter
Simon Schama
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Francesca Segal
Sir Anthony Seldon
Rick Senat
Zaab Sethna
Jonathan Shalit
Bernard Shapero
David Shelley
Clive Sinclair
Daniel Silver
Lucy Silver
Dan Silverston
Chloe Smith MP
Karen Smith
Mark Smith
Prof Ashley Solomon
Claire Speller
Rob Suss
Dr George Szirtes
Paul Trijbits
Kevin Tsujihara
Gabe Turner
Moni Varma
Rebecca Wallersteiner
Minette Walters
Zoë Wanamaker
Dame Angela Watkinson MP
Lord George Weidenfeld
Fay Weldon CBE
Heather Wheeler MP
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
David Young
Toby Young
Jonny Zucker

Stephen Acton
Lesley Acton Savitz
Zoe Dwek Adams
Patricia Adler
Danny Allen
Daniel Almeida
Jack Amadeus Mayorcas
Sheena Anderson
Christian Antoinette
Dana Arenson
Jonathan Arkush
Lydia Aroyo
Ben Arram
Josephine Bacon
Prof Gabriel Balint-Kurti
Judith Bara
Jill Barrington
Michael Barrington
David Berens
Sandra Blackman
Ann Bowker
Brian Bradley
Cllr Fabian Breckels
Paul Brett
Pamela Brown
Stephen Brown
Dawn Calmonson
A Burns
Judith Campbell
Sharon Carr
Hila Chenzbraun
P S Clarke-Baptiste
Gillian Cockwill
Hilary Cohen
Ian Cohen
Shalom Cohen
Susan Cohen
John M Collins
Sheila Collins
Norman Conroy
Rob Cowan
Sam Cowan
Deirdre Cripps
Pamela Crystal
Sue Cundle
Allen Dansky
Kim Davidson
Alexa Joan Davies
Cllr Jeffrey Dudgeon MBE
Rob Ellert
Ayelet Elstein
S Fields
Eve Fineberg
Esther Finlay
Dr David Fligg
David Franks
Andree Frieze
Bob Frost
Philip Gardner
Peter Gartenberg
Lilian Gellnick
Mark Gilbert
Stephen Gilchrist
Kate Glick
Richard Gobs
Jessica Goldfinch (Norwich)
Nicky Goldman
Harvey Goldsmith
Harry Goldstein
Naomi Goodman
Nigel Goodrich
Heather Gould
Jeffrey Graham
Ofra Graham
Susan Graham
Leeat Granek
Lucille Grant
Ethan Greenwood
Peter J C Halfpenny
Ashley Hall
Judith Harris
Julian Harrison
Bishop Joel Haye
Sandra Heenan
Yoni Kiggsmith
Christina Hitchiner
Christopher Hornby
Dr Nicole Horwitz
Linda Huglin
Victor Huglin
Clarissa Hyman
Clive Hyman
Joyce Irving
Prof Arieh Iserles
Cynthia Jacobs
Maya Jakubowicz
Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner
Veronica Jefferies
Laurence Julius
Roz Kadir
Rabbi Dov Kaplan
Dorothe Kaufmann
Rachel Kaye
Robert Keir
Mary Ellen Kelly
Ruth Kennedy
Gordon Kenward
Asya Kovarsky
Bernard Krichefski
Nicole Kypker
Sharon Lagnado
Roger Lawley
Dee Lawrence
Nigel Lawrence
Gillian Lazarus
David Lee
Barbara Lemanski
Regine Lemberger
Jan Levi
Albert Levy
David Lewin
Sylvia Lewin
Craig Lewis
Richard Loftus
Sharon Lukom
Marja-Leena Maakanen-Jones
Lachlan Mackinnon
Irene Mansfield
Cecily Margolis
Philip Margolis
Carolann Martys
SM McCourt
Richard Mcdowell
Abigail Miller
Chris Miller
John Milliken
Edward Misrahi
Shimon Morad
Robert Moryoussef
Martin Motz
Janet Munro
Deborah Myer
Howard Myer
Jo-Ann Myers
Jodi Myers
Sidney Myers
Kusuma Nanda
Alfred Nathan
Lindsey Nathan
Andrea Neidle
Paul Newdick CBE, QC
David Nyman
Julia Pascal
Dr Lindsay Peer
Amanda Perl
Hilary Perry
James Phillips
Laurie Phillips
Terry Philpot
Dr A and Mrs M Pilkington
Jonathan Polin
Suri Poulos
Max Richardson
Dr Martin Robb
Carol Roberts
Cllr Dr Sam Robinson
Cllr Fiona Robson
John Rome
Prof Norman Rose
Howard Rosemarine
Judith Roth
Maxim Rowlands
Dr Daniel Ruprecht
Deborah Sacks
Nina Sandler
Diane Saunders
Elliot Savitz
Henry Schachter
Alan Scopp
Cllr Robert Sears-Piccavey
Flora Selwyn
Robin Setty
Philip Shapiro
Dr Rowena Shaw
Naomi Shaw
ina Shneor
Santa Silina
Phillipa Silke
Rabbi Rashi Simon
David Simons
Rickie Slade
Cllr Jackie Slesenger
Gordon Smith
Mervyn Smith
Stanley Soffa
James Sorene
Dr Chris Southwick
Derek Spitz
Diana Stanley
Tim Stanley
Hazel Stein
Percy Stern
Dr Patrick Storring
Susan Storring
Judith Summerfield
Charles Swan
Nigel Tobias
HL Tobin
Igor Toronyi Lalic
Noru Tsalic
Sue Tungay
Caroline Turner
Denis Vandervelde
Sarah Wald
Ruth Walker
Prof William Zev Wanderer
Heather Warford
Simon Watney
Maureen Weigart
Judy Weleminsky
Adam Wells
Jenny and Andrew Wernick
Jennifer Westmorland
George White
Revd Adrian Whitehall
Myriam A Willcocks
Bernice Wilson
Adele Winston
Dr Matthew Winston
Paulene Angela Wint-Haye
Arnold Witkin
Laurence Wolff
Mike Wood MP
Andrew Wooton
Iris Young
Lana E Young
Michael Zeffertt
Debra Ziff

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