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Till: Anna Valtonen Vice Chancellor of Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design

Konstfack! Cut all ties with the Israeli Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Israel is committing war crimes and killing civilian Palestinians.
Amnesty International have stated that Israeli forces continue to violate international humanitarian law, wiping out an entire people with total impunity. More than 35 000 Palestinians have already been killed since October 2023.

▪ Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, located in Jerusalem, have been discriminating against their Palestinian students. Since October 8 2023 numerous Palestinian students have been expelled due to expressing their grief on the ongoing injustices and crimes on their personal social media platforms. Israeli students are encouraged to report their classmates who share social media posts on the genocide.

▪ The workshops of Bezalel are being used to produce and mend uniforms of the Israeli soldiers. Students of the school are encouraged to help in this work.

▪ The leadership of Konstfack have been ignoring our call for actions regarding the discrimination against the Palestinian students at Bezalel. Konstfack for Palestine has numerous times reached out to the vice chancellor of Konstfack, Anna Valtonen, demanding Konstfack to make a statement urging Bezalel to stop the discrimination.

▪ The leadership of Konstfack has not made a statement. Instead, the leadership of Konstfack keeps claiming that Bezalel is not discriminating against Palestinian students and that the school is not involved in the war. The leadership of Konstfack keeps this stand despite the information on Bezalel Webpage where it clearly says that the studios are being used to repair uniforms for Israeli soldiers as well as reports that fashion students now make uniforms.

Varför är det viktigt?

Konstfack for Palestine disagrees with the leadership of Konstfack. We believe in freedom of speech and the freedom to express oneself and we are convinced that a safe study environment for all students is crucial to achieve that.

We demand the leadership of Konstfack to follow the core values of the institution and therefore immediately cut all ties with Bezalel because of its involvement in the war and its discrimination against Palestinian students.

This is a quote from Konstfack's website: "At Konstfack there is zero tolerance for racism and all other forms of discrimination. A given in the challenge of working actively and continuously to keep our promises and ensure that our campus is a brave, safe, welcoming and actively anti-racist place for all."

We, the students, demand the leadership of Konstfack to follow the core values of the institution and therefore immediately cut all ties with Bezalel.

Help us end this collaboration and sign the petition, thank you!

Our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/konstfackforpalestine/


Instagram account of Palestinian students at Bezalel. https://www.instagram.com/arabstudentsofbezalelacademy?igsh=b20wMjVpZnJpbjMz

Adalah. Israeli Academic Institutions Persecute Palestinian Students for Social Media Posts Amid Offensive on Gaza. Published 22/10/2023. https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/10922

The Bezalel Emergency Sewing Center | Repairing uniforms and military equipment for soldiers and reservists. Published on 16/10/23. https://www.bezalel.ac.il/en/news/655093

Middle east eye, Zahra Saeed. Israel-Palestine war: Palestinian students targeted by campaign in Israeli universities. Published date: 14 October 2023 16:23 BST. Last update: 6 months 3 weeks ago. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-war-students-universities-incitement-campaign-targeted

Times Of Israel, Jessica Steinberg. Designers sew for combat soldiers pivoting from fashion to function. 22 October 2023, 12:00 pm. https://www.timesofisrael.com/designers-sew-for-combat-soldiers-pivoting-from-fashion-to-function/amp/

Banner image was sourced from https://www.ynet.co.il/activism/article/hywrkkczt
The caption for the image is stated as the following:
תופרות פריטים ליחידות העילית במחלקה לאופנה בבצלאל(טל מאיר)
English translation:
Sewing items for the elite units in the fashion department in Bezalel (Tal Meir)
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