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Iranian artists gathering to say “Gaza Is Not Alone”
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Iranian schoolgirls gather in front of the UN Office in Tehran on July 22, 2014 to protest against the Israeli strikes on Gaza. (ISNA/Borna Qasemi)
Iranian schoolgirls gather in front of the UN Office in Tehran on July 22, 2014 to protest against the Israeli strikes on Gaza. (ISNA/Borna Qasemi)
TEHRAN -- Iranian artists will come together this evening at the Art Bureau in Tehran for a meeting entitled “Gaza Is Not Alone” to express their solidarity with the people of Gaza, which have been a prime target for Israeli airstrikes over the past weeks.
 
“Taking action against Israeli crimes in Gaza in every corner of the world would have its own political, social and cultural impact,” Morteza Gudarzi, the director of the Art Bureau’s Visual Arts Center, which is the organizer of the gathering, said in a press release on Tuesday.
 
“We expect artists and people across the world to take action against these inhumane Israeli acts, however minor it may be, and also to be sensitive to the human tragedy unfolding in the region,” he added.
 
A large group of Iranian cineastes has also announced that they would gather at Tehran’s Shafaq Cultural Center this evening at 6 pm to protest against Israeli crimes in Gaza.
 
There was widespread condemnation of Israeli crimes by Iranian cultural organizations and artists over the past week.
 
The Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, the Iranian House of Cinema and several other institutes censured the Israeli crimes in separate statements.  
 
In addition, the Oscar-nominated Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi strongly criticized international human rights organizations’ silence over the human catastrophe in Gaza in a statement published last week.
 
In a statement published on Tuesday, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati called on Iranian artists to attend the International Quds Day rallies on the last Friday of Ramadan to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.
 
Over 600 people, including women and children, have been killed in Israeli bombardments of Gaza so far.
 
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