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Statement of support

We are deeply moved by the immense suffering caused by the violence in Gaza and Israel. Our thoughts are with all the victims, their families, and loved ones. Our sympathy extends to those in other parts of the world who are directly or indirectly affected by this tragedy.

The Wereldmuseum joins the international call for an immediate ceasefire, access to humanitarian aid for the people in Gaza, and the release of all hostages. We urge respect for the Geneva Convention and the laws of humanitarian warfare.

At the Wereldmuseum, we are explicit in our condemnation of the ongoing violence that has long cost the lives of so many, trampled upon the livelihood of so many innocent civilians. We want to make it clear that we condemn war and any form of violence that undermines the sanctity of life. The museum wants to contribute to a more just and fair world, a world with more empathy and understanding for each other, where people are supported in their development. Conscious of our own history, we envisage a world free from colonial shadows, where there is no place for racism or discrimination, including Islamophobia or antisemitism.

The Wereldmuseum strives to be a place where people can come to feel connected. We offer space for reflection, anchored in the belief that art, heritage, and stories can heal. In doing so, we emphasise the stories of unheard and marginalised voices.