We, the collective board of Sound Escape Productions, as an organization of artists involved in the struggle for social justice, declare this space as an APARTHEID FREE ZONE (AFZ) and affirm our support for and commitment to the growing international movement for Palestinian rights and for justice, equality, and freedom for all.
We commit to respecting the principles of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), which, inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, urges nonviolent pressure on the Israeli state until it complies with international law by
meeting the following three demands:
- End its 1967 occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantle the Wall;
- Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
- Respect, protect, and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
We will not stay silent in the face of flagrant injustice. We refuse to be complicit in a culture of impunity, power abuse, and human rights violations. Because we want to be the change that we want to see in the world, we want this space to be free from oppression, violence racism, and sex, gender, class, ethnic, religious, or any other kind of discrimination. As an AFZ, we refuse to provide any kind of support to the Israeli apartheid regime or to engage in the normalization of relations with a regime of racism, oppression and dispossession.
We recognize that all our struggles for social, racial, gender, and economic justice and for self-determination are deeply interconnected and can only gain strength and power from mutual support and transnational solidarity.
Acknowledging the collective as an AFZ allows us to take a step further in the fight for decolonisation in this world and to stand on the right side of history. We call on other shows and networks to join #PodcastsAgainstApartheid, and continue to work towards a better world for everyone.
For more information, please visit https://bdsmovement.net/apartheid-free-zones.
Get involved by visiting https://bdsmovement.net/get-involved/what-to-boycott.