My Statement on the Genocide of Palestine;
I Am An Artist Against Apartheid & A Queer Artist for Palestine
As an artist who feels it is important to stand up for the rights of all people it is absolutely crucial for me to use my voice to aid Palestine in the face of horrendous ethnic cleansing and genocide enacted by the zionist and fascist apartheid state of Isreal. We of course mourn those lost on Oct. 7th's horrendous attacks, but there is no "justfication" for enacting a genocide in retaliation for these events killing over 25,000+ innocent people. Leveling hospitals. Destroying schools. Starving people. Destroying kindergartens. It doesn't end there.
This is not "self-defense" - THIS IS GENOCIDE!!!
We join the call for a IMMEDIATE,
PERMANENT & ENFORCED CEASEFIRE NOW!!
We must speak up as part of the visual creators and storytellers of the world. We cannot stand by while fascist propaganda paints an incorrect picture of what is actually happening. Palestine has been under Isreali occupation for 75+ years. We stand for peace and an end to apartheid occupation of Palestine. There are now 27,238 innocent Palestinians killed, now martyrs. 66,452 are injured gravely, as of Feb 4th 2024. Isreal continues to not allow any medical aid to reach Gaza citizens. Out of the 36 hospitals in Gaza, none remain, all have been completely leveled. What Gaza citizens remain, are now dying of starvation which the UNRWA is seeking to aid with.
We cannot accept continued USA funding of Isreal's genocide. Genocide Joe Biden is responsible for providing the death weapons to Isreal and supporting their lies; He & every politician not calling for an immediate permanent enforced ceasefire must be held accountable for their complicity in genocide. Find out if your local politicians have called for a ceasefire with the Ceasefire Tracker tool. Find out how much of your tax dollars go to Isreal directly with the USPCR's map, and consider donating that amount to Palestinian Children's Relief Fund to offset the horrid reality of where your taxes go. No donation could be enough to bring back the lives lost, however. We must do all we can to fight for a truly free Palestine that we will see in OUR lifetime.
And today I want to ask you to be brave enough to stand up for Palestine and do something with your voice. BE BRAVE. Please read the following letters from Artists Against Apartheid, and Queer Artists for Palestine below, and consider signing them yourself. Speak up.
Take action today.
AKA the artist Ovaettr
Is supporting Palestine anti-Semitic? Find out why it isn't from Jewish voices who proclaim "NOT IN OUR NAME"
Make your own 'What Can YOU Do for Palestine & Gaza' zine for your locality using the template by the Black Zine Archive.
I have created some posters for Palestine that I am giving away for free download. You can use these at protests, to plaster up in your neighborhood, to cover zionist propaganda / signage, to use for event posters, or to pass out to other people to spread the word:
The following places will qualify you for the 8.5" x 11" glossy print if donated $20+ to:
- Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)
- Palestinian Children's Relief Fund
- United Nations Relief & Work Agency
- Any bail fund for protesters who are calling for a ceasefire/doing demonstrations for Palestine. Pick your local area first.
- Poster Designs by Ovaettr -
Sign the Letter in Support of Palestine, Become An Artist Against Apartheid:
Solidarity is crucial at this time with Palestine and their struggle for liberation.
Sign in support as an Artist Against Apartheid here.