Published 10 November 202321 November 2023 · Solidarity An open letter from booksellers — Statement of solidarity with Palestine Booksellers for Palestine More than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli military action in Gaza since 7 October including 4,104 children, over 88 UN aid workers and 150 Gaza health workers. We stand against the collective punishment of Gazans in response to Hamas’ horrific attacks. We demand an immediate ceasefire and reject all violence against all civilians. We demand that humanitarian aid be allowed to enter Gaza unhindered. Unrelenting Israeli military action has been labelled as a “clear violation of international humanitarian law” by the United Nations. The bombing of hospitals, schools and refugee camps are crimes against humanity. Israeli bombardment has fully destroyed or severely damaged over 40 percent of housing units in Gaza. These are hallmarks of genocide and this must be recognised and renounced. Governments around the world are guilty of tolerating, aiding and abetting war crimes with 45 countries, including Australia, the UK, Germany, India and Canada abstaining from a UN vote that called for an immediate humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas. We ask that these governments condemn all civilian deaths and support an immediate ceasefire. As booksellers our role is to share stories and information, to foster education, creativity and community. Our work is by nature in opposition to the institutional silence that dehumanises Palestinans. We have been gravely disturbed to see Palestinian journalists targeted in attacks, and to witness the silencing of Palestinian voices extend to the publishing world as the Frankfurt Book Fair cancelled a prize giving ceremony and discussion event with award-winning Palestinian born author Adania Shibli. One of the purposes of literature is to encourage understanding and dialogue between cultures and we are dedicated to fostering spaces that are safe and humane for all to do this. We condemn the censoring and punishment of those who have spoken and acted in support of Palestine, including journalists, media personalities, writers, academics and arts workers. We unequivocally condemn the rise of violence which has included instances of anti-Semitism. Standing in solidarity with Palestinian people is not anti-Semitism and should not be labelled as such. We, the undersigned, reject violence against all civilians, regardless of identity. We stand for freedom and for humanity and we call for an end to the root cause of violence: oppression and occupation. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. We ask literary organisations to show solidarity and call on our governments to demand an immediate ceasefire and the opening of Gaza’s crossings to allow humanitarian aid to enter unhindered. Araxi Mardirian Kim Gruschow Gerard Elson Hera Lindsay Bird Ellen Cregan Fiona Hardy Jessica Mills Loretta Riach Calum Barners Toyah Webb Rachael Anderson Danielle Mirabella Samantha Kelly Monty Patton Samuel Walsh Marijke McDonald Sarah Fitzpatrick Sierra Templeton Joshua Barnes Always Becominging Karl Sagrabb Pia Brooke Davis Ellie Roenfeldt Gabrielle Ru Becks Popham Evening Books Sam Vaker Kate O’Mara Open book Shaan Saggar Elsie Christoffel Melissa Oliver Martene McCaffrey Olivia Hurley Lian Hingee Georgia Wye Miles Allinson Georgia Kartas Matilda Dixon-Smith Ellen Armfield Ender Başkan Dave Little Harry Gay Saskia Paxton Indianna Saunders-Shaw Jeremy George Luke McCarthy Zoe Bakker Charlotte Guest Eloise Grills Alice Bellette Elisa Ghisalberti Blake Willis Isabella Gullifer-Laurie Kealy Siryj Clem Larkins James Gardiner Carolina Cooksey New International Book Shop (NIBS) Nikki Lam Milo Peltier Joyce Cheng Connor Moloney Stephanie Wang Pepper Taylor-Rose Laura Norris Tom Paech Annie Cross Black Spark Cultural Centre Jaymee Steen Liz Mathews Ben Juers Sally Olds Fiona Stager Suzy Garcia Marina Sano Amplify Bookstore Jing Xuan Teo Rabble Books Ellie Anderson Lucy Ira Bailey Thomas Koed of VOLUME Stella Chrysostomou of VOLUME Lorin Reid of Enough Said Books Jordan Irving Fran Berry Vanessa Williams Jade Butler Bailey Crossman Chloe Blades Authors, publishers and book trade professionals (signing in solidarity) Tess Nichol Damien Levi Mitch Marks Dominic Hoey Dead Bird Books Murdoch Stephens, Brannavan Gnanalingam, Thomasin Sleigh of Lawrence and Gibson Caroline Wylds Catarina De Peters Leitao Leonie Brialey Saraid De Silva Melissa Fulton Kavya Murthy Holly Bradbury Ash Davida Jane of Tender Press Colin McGuire Luke Samuel Yates John Duke Evelyn Araluen Inez Baranay Sam Elkin Tim Coronel Victoria Manifold Dan Hogan Subbed In Kelsey Oldham Simone Amelia Jordan Karen Wyld Aviva Tuffield Jessica Walton Hana Pera Aoake James Borrowdale Alex McInnis nat raum, fifth wheel press Abigail Denton Janet Galbraith jennifer mills Anwen Crawford Alison Evans Mitchell King Marisa Wikramanayake Mel Campbell Rachael Bettiens Jacqueline Buswell Caitlin Maling Simon Gardam Kanika chopra Jessy Reese Ana Jacobsen Julia Fazzari of Five Mile Michelle de Kretser If you are a bookseller who would like to add your name, or an author, publisher or other book industry professional who would like to sign in solidarity you are invited to do so here Image: a detail from the cover of Adania Shibli’s A Minor Detail. Artwork by Oliver Munday. Booksellers for Palestine More by Booksellers for Palestine › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202311 November 2023 · Solidarity MEAA members in solidarity with Palestine MEAA Members for Palestine We, the undersigned Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance members, condemn the Australian government's support for Israel's genocidal assault on Gaza and its refusal to vote in the United Nations for a humanitarian truce. 3 First published in Overland Issue 228 6 November 202313 November 2023 · Solidarity Statement of solidarity with Palestine from academics in Australian universities Academics for Palestine We, the undersigned academics from Australian universities, stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.