دانشجویان فوق لیسانس هنر در انستیتو پیتس تسوارت هلند بنری در حمایت از مردم فلسطین آماده کردند و بر دیوار موسسه نصب کردند. هیأت مدیره «موسسه آموزش عالی رتردام» دستور به برداشتن این بنر داد. دانشجویان نسبت به «استانداردهای دوگانه» در این موسسه آموزشی در رابطه با فلسطین معترض هستند. بیانیه آنها به انگلیسی در زیر آمده است:
Solidarity Statement with Palestine and Condemnation of the Banner Removal
We, the students of Piet Zwart Institute, stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against the violence enacted by the Israeli state. To adopt such an alliance with the oppressed requires not only showing solidarity but also thinking collectively which actions can help Palestine from afar. If breaking the passive silence of institutions in the Netherlands is met with active silencing, then our duty is to resist the long-held deafening muteness of European governments and institutions which, by staying “Neutral”, are announcing themselves as an ally to the Israeli colonial settler state and approving of the violence and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian people over the last seven decades.
On Wednesday May 12th we hung a banner from our building that called to stop the ethnic cleansing in Palestine. That same evening, the board of Hogeschool Rotterdam demanded that the banner be taken down as soon as possible. Our response was clear: we want the banner to remain hanging until we have had a dialogue with the dean. Unfortunately, the banner was taken down prior to the conversation on Monday May 17th, in which the dean expressed the school’s policy that “we do not get involved in geopolitical situations, and we do not allow using school properties as a platform for political speech”.
The double standards of the Hogeschool Rotterdam, under which WDKA and PZI are managed, are evidently present in their past actions:
“Je Suis Charlie” was put up by the institution itself on pillars at the entrance of WDKA in response to the 2015 terrorist attack in France, and included the WDKA logo.
A statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter was shared on the school’s Instagram.
In March 2021, a banner-artwork, funded by the open studios budget of PZI, was made by Diana AL Halabi and Afrang Nordlöf Malekian, with a clear political message addressing the visa regime. The banner circulated widely on Instagram, was shared by WDKA’s Instagram account, and the artists were additionally invited to give a talk about it in WDKA. After hanging for three months on the building’s facade, the banner was only removed on the same day as the banner against ethnic cleansing.
We strongly condemn the censorship applied by the board members of Hogeschool Rotterdam on their students and therefore, we insist on holding on to our voice by re-installing the banner and fully endorsing the “Palestine Solidarity Statement” written by the Graduate Gender Programme faculty and the Netherlands School of Gender Studies in Utrecht University, which is also supported by the Dutch Art Institute. We encourage students in the Netherlands to challenge the policies of their institutions and call them out on their recurring inconsistencies.
Institutions must embody their curriculum of “decolonisation”, calling things by their names: Two sides of the wall in an apartheid cannot be identified as a “conflict” and the violence of a colonial settler state vis-à-vis the resistance of the indigenous people cannot be described by expressions such as “both sides of the same coin”.
Finally, relying on governments, institutions and media outlets has proven to be misleading and truth-diverting. We urge people to reassess and question their information sources and seek stories, not numbers. Palestinian poet Mourid Al Barghouti stated: “If you want to dispossess people, the best way to do so, is to tell their stories and start by ‘secondly’.” Follow Palestinians on your Social Media platforms to get the stories that don’t start with “secondly”.
In solidarity with Palestine,
Students of Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.