Visual artist cancels participation in festival in Russia due to Israeli participation

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian visual artist Jawad Ibrahim withdrew his participation in the International Festival “Salt City of Masters” in Russia after finding out that the occupation state is also taking part in the festival.

Jawad Ibrahim, From Ya’bad in the West Bank city of Jenin, said that he was surprised to find Israeli artists in the festival, which pushed him to withdraw from it.

“I am Palestinian and I refuse any participation or cooperation with any person, [who] belongs to a terrorist and apartheid occupying state”, Ibrahim wrote to the festival’s organizers.

He also said that the organizers of the festival, which hosts over 250 artists, asked for samples of his works only to view them but he as surprised that the organizers, which were incomplete yet, have been presented for the audience and won the first prize of the festival.

(Source / 07.06.2021)

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