The Cultures of Resistance Network has long been involved in the movement for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination. Recognizing that music can be a powerful tool for social change, in recent years we are proud to have collaborated with a number of artist-activists who are both producing inspring music and are taking courageous stands for human rights, including Katibe 5 and Shadia Mansour. Music can wield great influence not only through the communicative potential of lyrics and the benefits of cross-cultural exchange, but also in the political choices that artists make. As British musician Elvis Costello noted when announcing his decision to join a cultural boycott of Israel, “sometimes a silence in music is better than adding to the static.” In 2005 Palestinian civil society groups called for a campaign of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until the government complies with international law, respects the rights of the Palestinian people, ends the occupation of Palestine, and dismantles its system of apartheid. The call to action resulted in a global movement in support of Palestine, including a cultural boycott by many musicians, artists, and writers worldwide.

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