Seattle Museum Closes as Staff Walk Out Over Anti-Israel Exhibit


Seattle Museum Closes Amid Strike Over ‘Confronting Hate’ Exhibit

A museum in Seattle has temporarily closed its doors due to a strike by employees protesting the content of its “Confronting Hate Together” exhibit. The staff, organized under the handle @wlm4palestine on Instagram, alleges that the exhibit conflates anti-Zionism with antisemitism.


Over 20 museum employees walked out on Wednesday, the day the exhibit opened. The strikers include both full-time and part-time workers.

In a statement on Instagram, @wlm4palestine wrote, “A majority of our walkout collective is made up of the most vulnerable employees of the Wing Luke Museum – front of house staff and part-time workers.” They also expressed solidarity with 22 other museum staff members who support the walkout.

  1. Staff Demands: The employees demand the removal of any language that equates Palestinian liberation and anti-Zionism with antisemitism.
  2. Diversity of Perspectives: They also ask the museum to acknowledge the limited perspectives presented in the exhibition and to include those of Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims who have also faced violence and discrimination.
  3. Financial Support: The striking employees have set up a GoFundMe campaign to compensate for missed wages, which has raised ,939 as of Sunday afternoon.
  4. 基准博物馆声明

    In response to the strike, the Wing Luke Museum issued a statement expressing support for the employees’ right to express their beliefs. The museum emphasized dialogue and a willingness to listen to multiple perspectives.

    Pullback Reaction

    The museum’s support for the protests has drawn criticism on social media. Some commenters expressed concern about the isolation of Jewish communities, while others questioned the need for censoring certain opinions.

    The Wing Luke Museum and the striking employees have not yet responded to requests for comment from LA News Center.

    The strike highlights the ongoing debate over the complex intersection of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism, and Palestinian liberation.

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