US artist Laurie Anderson withdraws from German university professorship over pro-Palestinian letter

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DUBAI: US musician and artist Laurie Anderson has withdrawn from a professorship at Germany’s Folkwang University of the Arts over a 2021 letter she signed in support of Palestine.

The artist was a signatory on an open “letter against apartheid“ written by Palestinian artists in 2021 that followed a new wave of violence that erupted in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Anderson was set to begin the Pina Bausch visiting professorship on April 1.

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