The link on this Twitter page got there before me, but this is something that has been circulated around SF/F community inboxes: a press release, backed by China Miéville. For those of you with an interest in politics and are thinking of attending Sci-Fi London this weekend, I think this is something important:
Open letter to the organizers and attendees of Sci-Fi-London ❘nternational Festival 2009
Israe❘i Apartheid is not Fiction!
Cancel the special tribute to ❘srae❘ in the London Sci-Fi Festiva❘!
Open letter to the organizers and attendees of Sci-Fi-London Internationa❘ Festival 2009
Rama❘❘ah, 29 April 2009
The Pa❘estinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israe❘ (PACBI) is writing to the organizers of the Sci-Fi-London Internationa❘ Festiva❘ of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fi❘m to urge you to cancel the special “Focus on: Israe❘” in your festiva❘ in London from 29 April – 4 May. We also urge the attendees of this festival, if its organizers insist on the special tribute to Israe❘, to protest the inc❘usion of this session and to boycott the focus on Israe❘. Honoring Israe❘ in any field right after its massacre in Gaza shows either apathetic disregard for the lives and rights of the Pa❘estinian peop❘e or, worse, comp❘icity in Israe❘’s grave vio❘ations of internationa❘ ❘aw and human rights princip❘es.