Tell PEN America: Don’t Partner with the Israeli Government

Support Palestinians’ Freedom to Write

The PEN American Center accepted funding from the government of Israel for its 2016 World Voices Festival.

We believe it is wrong for PEN American Center to accept such funding when PEN International has criticized the Israeli government for "the killings and the reported deliberate targeting of certain journalists, media organizations, and their infrastructures” and “the practice of administrative detention against journalists and other writers."

PEN American Center is an institution with the stated aim of defending writers' freedom of expression.

Palestinian civil society has called on people of conscience around the world to engage in a peaceful campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS), focusing – not on individuals – but on the Israeli government and complicit companies and institutions.

OVER 200 WRITERS have already called on PEN American Center to reject cultural sponsorship from the Israeli government, asserting that such partnership amounts to a tacit endorsement of Israel’s systematic violations of international law & human rights.

Today, we continue that call.WE CALL ON THE PEN AMERICAN CENTER to stand by its stated principles and to reject future partnerships with the Israeli government and complicit institutions until Israel fulfills its obligations under international law and fully recognizes the Palestinian people’s right to live in full equality in their homeland.

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Organizations

Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel - (US)
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel in South Africa (BDS South Africa)
Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within
CODEPINK Women for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace, National (USA)
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) - (Palestine)
PEN Palestine
Seven Stories Press
Spurl Editions
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)
The Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest)
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel - (US)
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Individuals

Sharif Abdel Kouddous
Leila Abdelrazaq
Elmaz Abinader - PEN Member
Hosam Aboul-Ela - PEN Member
Susan Abulhawa - PEN Member
Dr Fawzia Afzal-Khan - PEN Member
Tariq Al Haydar
Bernardo Alayza Mujica
Ammiel Alcalay
Meena Alexander - PEN Member, PEN Freedom to Write, 2002 PEN Open Book Award
Evelyn Alsultany - PEN Member
Ana Cecilia Alvarez
Sal Amendola
Tom Angotti
Sinan Antoon
Nicole Aragi - PEN Member
Anthony Arnove - assisted with PEN World Voices Festival
Maryam Ashraf
Faisal Azam
Gabeba Baderoon - PEN Member
Anna Badkhen - PEN Member
Kristian Davis Bailey
Natylie Baldwin
David Ball - PEN Member
Michael Balter - PEN Member
Mary Jo Bang - PEN Member
Ari Banias
Russell Banks - PEN Member
Moustafa Bayoumi
Joel Beinin
Omar Berrada - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant (has cancelled participation)
Chana Bloch
Max Blumenthal
Breyten Breytenbach
Deborah Brock
Gisa Buehrer-Lucke
Elly Bulkin
Edmond Caldwell
Carmen Callil - PEN Member
Jordan Camp - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Mary Baine Campbell
Hayan Charara - PEN Member
Amit Chaudhuri
Ken Chen - PEN Awards Committee, PEN Ten Editor, PEN events collaborator
Annia Ciezadlo
Jan Clausen
Bill Clegg
David Collings
Kia Corthron
Molly Crabapple - PEN Member
Meehan Crist
Ramola D - PEN Member
Angela Davis
Eisa Davis - Actor, Playwright
Patricia Davis - PEN Member
Ashley Dawson
Samuel Delany
Carl Dennis
Junot Díaz
Linh Dinh - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Aaron Dixon
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Geoff Dyer - PEN Member
Elana Dykewomon - PEN member
Patricia Eakins - PEN member
Jillian Edelstein
Chike Frankie Edozian - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Ben Ehrenreich
Deborah Eisenberg - Writer
Susan Eisenberg
Kathy Engel
Gary Erb
Heid E. Erdrich
Louise Erdrich - PEN Member
Nava EtShalom
Shelley Ettinger
Joan Ferrante
Peter Fitting
Laura Flanders - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Carolyn Forché
Richard Ford - PEN Member
Aminatta Forna
Tonya Foster
John Freeman - PEN Member
Ru Freeman - PEN Member
Joshua Furst - PEN Member
Alan Gilbert
Francisco Goldman - Featured 2016 PEN World Voices Participant
Arthur Goldwag
Conner Habib - author, The Sex Book
Marilyn Hacker - PEN Member, 2010 PEN/Voelcker Award, 2009 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
Saleem Haddad - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Rawi Hage
Jessica Hagedorn
Joseph Hall
Tom Hall
Wael Hallaq
Nathan Hamilton
Barbara Hammer
Githa Hariharan
Selina Hastings
Christian Hawkey
Christina Heatherton - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Caspar Henderson
Yuri Herrera - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Nadia Hijab
Patricia Hilden
Jen Hofer - 2016 PEN World Voices Participant (has cancelled participation)
Rachel Holmes - Former Trustee of English PEN UK
Ann Horne - PEN member
Fanny Howe - PEN Member
Andrew Hsiao - Editor of books/authors featured in PEN World Voices Festival, assisted with Festival
Iman Humaydan - President of Pen Lebanon
Joseph Hutchison
Brenda Iijima
Dan Israel - Pen member
Tania James - PEN Member
Elisabeth Jaquette - 2016 PEN award judge
Randa Jarrar - PEN Member
Pierre Joris - PEN Member, 2005 Poetry in Translation Award
Jamal Joseph
Lawrence Joseph
Fady Joudah
Ashraf Kagee
Dr. Mohja Kahf
Remi Kanazi
Temma Kaplan - PEN Member
Ronnie Kasrils
MJ Kaufman - Playwright
Michael Keefer
Brigid Keenan
Robin D. G. Kelley - 2010 PEN Open Book Award
Jonathan Kemp
Porochista Khakpour - PEN Member
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
Khaldoun Khelil
Naomi Klein
Allan Kolski Horwitz
Nancy Kricorian - PEN Member
Amitava Kumar - PEN Member
Arun Kundnani - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Hari Kunzru - Former Board Member of English PEN
Rachel Kushner - PEN Member
Dr. Joy Ladin
Laila Lalami - PEN Member, 2016 World Voices Festival Participant, 2016 PEN award judge
Jay Levin
Aurora Levins Morales - PEN Member
John Lewis
Lucy Lippard
Casey Llewellyn
Marcia Lynx Qualey
Jennifer Mackenzie
Sabrina Mahfouz
Alexander Maksik - PEN Member
Karen Malpede - Playwright, Writer
Jen Marlowe
Patrick Mathelié-Guinlet
Dr. Don Mattera - 1983 PEN Award
Nyla Matuk
David McDowall - PEN UK Member
David McNally
Zakes Mda
Askold Melnyczuk - PEN Member
Maaza Mengiste - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Panel Moderator
Philip Metres - PEN Member
China Miéville
Michel Moushabeck
Susan Muaddi Darraj - PEN Member
David Mura - PEN Member
Daphne Muse
Eileen Myles - PEN Member
Jamil Nasir
Christopher Nelson
Joan Nestle - PEN member
Harry Newman
Viet Nguyen
Maryvelma O'Neil - PEN Member
John Oakes - PEN Member, former Board Member
Michael Ondaatje
Christina Pacosz
David Palumbo-Liu
Pratibha Parmar
Shajila Patel - Playwright
Ed Pavlic - Published with World Voices and PEN Poetry Series, PEN Member
Dale Peck
Hilary Plum
Vijay Prashad
Alexandra Pringle
Dr. Ahmad Qatamesh - Palestinian author, and subject of PEN International alert when administratively detained by Israeli government
Claudia Rankine
Amanda Ngoho Reavey - PEN Member
Roger Reeves
marta renza
Sarah Riggs
Corey Robin
Colin Robinson
Reihana Robinson
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Andrew Ross
Khalil Rostamkhani - Honorary PEN Member
Alice Rothchild
Jeffrey Sacks
Trish Salah
Luc Sante - PEN Member, 2016 PEN award judge
Gabriel Schivone - PEN Member
Sarah Schulman - PEN Member
Glenn Shaheen
Kamila Shamsie - Former Vice-President of English PEN
Solmaz Sharif - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant (has cancelled participation)
Adam Shatz
Wallace Shawn - Playwright
Dan Sheehan - PEN Member
Raja Shehadeh
Robert Shetterly
Adania Shibli - 2013 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Naomi Shihab Nye
Ishtiyaq Shukri
Rick Simonson - PEN Member
Ian Singleton - PEN Prison Writing Program
Tom Sleigh - PEN Member
Gillian Slovo - Former President of English PEN 2010-2013
Mark Haskell Smith
Muge Sokmen - PEN Member, Former Chair of PEN Turkey Writers in Prison Committee
Norman Solomon
Burhan Sönmez - 2016 PEN World Voices Participant
Jon Soske
Ahdaf Soueif - PEN Member
Dean Spade
Linda Spalding - PEN Member
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Patricia Storace - PEN Member
Scott Sturgeon - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant
Irene Suico Soriano
Russel Swensen
Maia Tabet
Jennif(f)er Tamayo - 2016 PEN World Voices Festival Participant (has cancelled participation)
Madeleine Thien
Kerry Elizabeth Thompson
Siamak Vossoughi
Alice Walker
Naomi Wallace - playwright
Eliot Weinberger - PEN Member
Dr. Cornel West
Laura Whitehorn
Terry Tempest Williams - PEN Member
Jacqueline Woodson
Reuben Woolley
Clarence Young
Dave Zirin - PEN Member, 2016 PEN award judge
Alex Zucker - PEN Member
Martha Zweig
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