Archive of Silence is a crowdsourced archive documenting silenced voices. Their mission is to chronicle the alarming waves of erasure and violence directed at Palestinian advocacy in Germany. There has been an uprise of bans, cancellations and censorship. Many, including Jewish people, have lost their jobs. Events have been canceled and people have been defamed. Archive of Silence refuses to accept this condition.
This digital archive serves as a platform for all voices that challenge the rigid political mainstream regarding Israel-Palestine, and have consequently been marginalized or silenced. Archive of Silence addresses those in positions of power, such as politicians, directors of cultural institutions and university presidents: We see you, and we hold you accountable for your complicity! We protest against your anti-democratic bans and the narrowing of our public spaces. We stand against anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism, against anti-Semitism and any other form of discrimination.
As a form of dissent, Archive of Silence collects each instance of silencing, ensuring that these injustices will not be forgotten. On their platform, both public cases and anonymous stories are shared. Through this, Archive of Silence aims to build a crowdsourced record of the violence we face, and gather evidence to hold institutions accountable for their complicity.
Germany, once again, finds itself on the wrong side of history.
We will not be silenced, and we will not forget.
If you are interested in this mission, you can follow Archive of Silence on Instagram (archive_of_silence), support by raising awareness and by sharing your own story through the submission form and motivating others to do the same.
Let’s turn silence into action!
For freedom of speech
and for a free Palestine.