Arab writers and inventors announced boycotting local and international awards and forums sponsored by the Emirati regime in response to normalizing relations with Israel.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) welcomed Arab intellectuals, innovators and writers who took many honourable stances against normalization and rejected the UAE regime’s betrayal of the Palestinian cause and the peoples of the Arab region.
These positions included a pledge to boycott all activities and events funded by the authoritarian Emirati regime or any of its official institutions and withdraw participation from numerous prizes sponsored by the regime, including the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the Sheikh Zayed Prize, and others.
There were many radical stances that the struggling peoples would remember. Their causes were also numerous. In essence, it is a rejection of the agreement of normalization between the Emirati regime, the settler-colonial government of Israel.
It is also an expression of a categorical refusal to employ art, culture, literature, and creativity in all its forms to polish the image of those authoritarian regimes involved in ongoing human rights violations.
Last August, following the signing of the agreement between the UAE regime and Israel, several former winners, chairpersons, jury members, and former members of the Board of Trustees announced the International Prize for Arabic Fiction Booker.
A group of Arab writers and creators took the initiative to be a landmark of the global Arab culture for their boycott of that award after it was funded by official Emirati bodies such as the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Book Fair.
Subsequently, the award’s board of trustees announced its commitment to search for various funding sources – non-governmental – for the award to preserve its independence and credibility.
The campaign called on the nominees on the shortlist of the award to announce their immediate withdrawal, praising all efforts to preserve the independence of Arab prizes from the hegemony of crumbling and authoritarian governments.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) affirmed its call for all Arab intellectuals and writers to adhere to the civil society appeal, which included Arab parties, unions and frameworks in general and Palestinian in particular, which called for a boycott of all forums and activities sponsored by the UAE regime, and a boycott of UAE companies and banks or Arab or international institutions that are proven to be involved in implementing the provisions of the Shame Agreement between the UAE regime and Israel.