Germany tries to strip Lebanon artist of award over BDS support

A town in Germany tried to stop US-Lebanese artist Walid Raad from receiving a €10,000 ($10,951) art prize due to his alleged ties and support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Raad was to be awarded by the German city of Aachen, located near the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands, for his work “The Atlas Group” on the history of the civil war in Lebanon between 1989 and 2004.In a statement, city Mayor Marcel Philipp said: “According to research, we have to assume that the designated prizewinner is a supporter of the BDS movement and has been involved in various measures for the cultural boycott of Israel.”It was also reported that the 52-year-old contemporary media artist had been asked about his position regarding his support for the BDS campaign, but his reply was “evasive”.However, the German news network WDR reported that Raad, who currently teaches at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, will receive the award after all, through the Ludwig Forum for International Art, a museum in the city that facilitates the award, the Aachen Art Prize. READ: Israel urges European states to take ‘practical steps’ against BDS Ludwig Forum’s CEO, Michael Müller-Vorbrüggen, explained to the German pub ...Read more

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