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Author J.K. Rowling among U.K. artists opposing Israel boycott

(JNS.org) Dozens of U.K. artists, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, have signed a letter published in The Guardian protesting the idea of culturally boycotting Israel and expressing support for Culture for Coexistence, an independent British network committed to informing and encouraging dialogue about the Jewish state in the cultural community. “We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable,” the letter states. “We are writing to declare our support for the launch and aims of Culture for Coexistence–an independent U.K. 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. While 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,” write the artists.

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