Statement by the Palestinian Performing Arts Network

We, active civil society organizations of the Palestinian cultural sector, welcome the decision by UNESCO member-nations who adopted a resolution on occupied East Jerusalem that sharply criticizes Israeli policies around the Al-Haram Al-Shareef compound; as well as adopting a resolution which now lists the old city of Jerusalem, home to key Muslim and Christian holy sites, as an endangered world heritage site.
The vote in favor of the resolution also outlines UNESCO member-nation’s condemnation of Israel for restricting Muslim and Christian access to the site, and for aggression by Israeli police and soldiers, while also recognizing Israel as the occupying power.
We, also would like to express our gratitude for UNESCO member nation’s steadfastness and commitment despite a revote in favor on the resolution.
Despite all the hardships, Palestinian arts and cultural institutions continue to work in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, using the arts to mobilize and educate.
In recent months, the occupying Israeli military and armed Israeli settlers have deliberately killed and targeted innocent children and youth and have instituted policies of attacking and dividing Palestinian Holy Sites. These premeditated policies of provocations, collective punishment and deep rooted racism against the Palestinian people requires now more than ever a voice of support, courage and humanity to be heard in Palestine and across the world.
On behalf of the Palestinian Performing Arts Network and its members, we send our appreciation to UNESCO member nations who continue to protect Palestinian tangible and intangible heritage.

Palestinian Performing Arts Network