Do artists and arts organisations have the right to say ‘no’ when governments with negative human rights records try to co-opt culture in the service of their public relations strategies? 

We are a group of artists and campaigners interested in the following questions:

– What is at stake when the arts are used for public relations purposes?

– Allegations of antisemitism are routine when Israeli actions and policies are under scrutiny, even when Jews are among those framing the criticism. Why does this accusation still have the power it does, and will it always trump the right to freedom of choice by arts organisations?

– Can artists and arts organisations develop ways to defend themselves against ungrounded allegations, and behind the scenes threats to their funding?

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