The City of Haifa Words Without Limits Festival is running from Dec 1-4 2010. According to the Israeli Tourist Board the festival features ‘the participation of 45 international and local writers, Jews and Arabs’, and addresses ‘issues of human rights, creation in conflict zones, poetry readings and more’.
The festival is organised by the City of Haifa and PEN International and is funded by the Israeli government. The Palestinian Writers Union are calling all those against Israeli aggression and the Israeli Occupation of Palestine to take a stand in boycotting this festival.
BWISP supports the call of the Palestinian Writers Union, and urges all writers of conscience to refuse to participate in festivals and conferences that, with pale words of peace, whitewash the grave injustices and daily hardships and humiliations that the state of Israel visits on the Palestinian people. BWISP supports professional visits of foreign writers to Israel only if they are invited by individuals and/or organisations that take an open and active stance against the Occupation.