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Luca M Damiani
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Letter to Artists-for-Palestine UK

'Letter to Artists-for-Palestine UK' Luca M Damiani - Kiss and Arrow 2023 - www.lucadamiani-art.com
'Letter to Artists-for-Palestine UK' Luca M Damiani - Kiss&Arrow 2023 - www.lucadamiani-art.com
I wrote an email to “Artists for Palestine UK” in October 2023, around the 16th October; it was the early days of calls for a ceasefire, on international marches pro-Palestine/anti-Israel, and of many calls to boycott anything to do with Israelis in the UK. I  still haven’t received a response, and I guess I will probably never get one – which is fine. But nevermind, I spoke to many fellow artists since then, and many felt the same as me – and so it all felt a little bit better. An artist-friend asked me to share it here, and so here it is, in a slightly different format; maybe you have similar thoughts and so we might all feel less alone in this. With love for all, and hope for real (and I say: real) understanding and peace,  Luca xx
Letter to “Artists for Palestine UK” – Oct 16th 2023
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Dear Artists-for-Palestine UK,
I respect all your passion
to upheld
(as we also all support)
the human rights of Palestinians.
Very good.
But I question and don’t accept
your strong efforts to
build polarization
and for hating Israel so very much
as you seem to always do.
A bit intellect-lazy and not “love feeling”.
I also really do not understand
why you are not openly
vocal against Hamas:
Why?
Never…ever…
…whatsoever.
When you get people
to sign for ceasefire and against-war
(which is all good to support)
you do not mention what Hamas
does in Gaza at all.
Zero…nada.
What about
Hamas’ undemocratic way
in how they treat their own
Palestinian populations?
Silence. It seems to just
not be an issue.
In all your letters
you do not mention
the wide terrorist network
of tunnels’ underground;
never…
…not once…jamais.
Those tunnels well created
with international NGO
and UN money
maybe even (by proxy) with your support;
perhaps you should also boycott those?
Go on…
And of course you put the fault
only on Israel
for any civilian casualties,
but none to Hamas;
not once.
Never seen it.
The Hamas which you call
“resistance” and “government” of Gaza,
who hides in the tunnels and
uses civilians as “martyrs”
and human shields:
Why there are not bomb-shelters built for children?
In addition, in your posts and letters
there is no mention whatsoever
in how Hamas brought back dead
broken bodies of Israelis as prizes
in their pick-ups full of hate.
Didn’t you see that?
And what about the streets of Gaza
and how the population (civilians
– of course, not all of them
– but many) were celebrating…?
Where are your letters against that?
Come on…

I believe, in order to be

a stronger movement for peace,
you should really at the very least
be more vocally against Hamas.
Please. Just be.
Please.
You should be condemning
their ideology
and also their undemocratic
and violent governance of Gaza
towards the Palestinian people who we love.
Yes, we deeply do.
There needs to be a stronger and
clearer detachment between
the “cause” of Hamas
and the “one” of Palestinians;
you seem not to understand that.
Please review.
Peace is possible
but you need to stop
being so polarized
and start working together
to build a better future.
Please just do.
Let’s stand together
against Hamas,
and let’s have
Israelis and Palestinians
to be in peace.
Let’s.
With best wishes,
Luca
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About the Author
Luca M Dami­ani is an Artist, Author and Uni­ver­si­ty Fel­low, focus­ing his ongo­ing cre­ative prac­tice and research on dis­abil­i­ty, neu­roscience, technology and nature. His work also crosses over with human rights and social design. Luca has a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­abil­i­ty (52% impair­ment of cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem func­tion) and has had var­i­ous visu­al art books and aca­d­e­m­ic arti­cles pub­lished, as well as being exhib­it­ed inter­na­tion­al­ly. Luca has worked and col­lab­o­rat­ed with insti­tu­tions such as BMJ Med­ical Human­i­ties, Mozil­la, Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al, BBC, Sci­ence Gallery, Com­put­er Arts Soci­ety, Dis­ney, Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts Lon­don, Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, Jewish Book Council, TATE, V&A and more.
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