Facebook Campaign Launched Asking Moby to Cancel Gig With Pic.Nic in Apartheid Israel

(26 April 2011)

Moby, (real name Richard Melville Hall), creator of the “Little Idiot,” co-owner of the tea shop “teany” in NYC, and musician is fond of his ancestral relationship to Herman Melville, the author of Moby-Dick and another lesser known piece of literature entitled “Clarel.”  

Written in 1876, Clarel is a semi-autobiographical narrative poem about a man who goes on a pilgrimage to the “Holy Land” Palestine.  Though Clarel acknowledges the indigenous people in a passing way, the narrative is about a young man falling in love with an American Jewish girl (Ruth), whose Zionist father has supposedly forced her into “exile” in Palestine.  Now Moby, 137 years later, is planning a concert in the “Holy Land,” now called Israel, and (unfortunately) a segregated (apartheid) nation.  He is being asked by hundreds of his fans to cancel that concert.
 
Richard Melville Hall, or Moby, mostly applauded for his techo-electronic tracks that fill in the background for commercials and movies has another side to him that is not so well-known.  He is an advocate for “MoveOn” and created MoveOn’s “Bush in 30 Seconds” contest.  He’s an animal rights advocate as well, fueling his passion by being a strict vegan.  He sang with “Public Enemy” in 2007 in an anti-war concert (see his anti-war music video below.)  Moby appears to care for humanity, animals, and the elderly (see Natural Blues single hit song), even Tibet!  He contributed his song, We Are All Made of Stars to the “Songs For Tibet: The Art of Peace” CD/iTune in (reaching No. 1 Rock Album on iTunes in 2008).
 
We have to ask ourselves why Moby would agree the play for the Pic.nic Fest in Apartheid Israel, when a worldwide cultural boycott of Israel is being called for?  Maybe Moby is not aware of  how the Israeli Occupation takes away the right to an education from young people, as experienced by Mira Dabit and Hanna Qassis who are currently on tour in the USA right now.  Maybe he has not asked himself why other artists such as Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, have agreed to stand with the boycott, and called for the wall to be torn down.  Maybe Moby has not seen the visual imagesof the wall.  The Pixies, Klaxons, Gorillaz Sound System, Elvis Costello, Faithless, Gil-Scott Heron, and Snoop Dogg have cancelled their concerts in Israel to honor the boycott.  Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja says (about BDS Boycott, Divest and Sanctions of Israel): 

“I’ve always felt that it’s the only way forward, It’s a system that’s been applied to many countries. It’s a good thing to aim for because it applies the continual pressure that’s needed.  I think musicians have a major role to play,” Del Naja says. “I find the more I get involved, the more the movement becomes something tangible. I remember going to ‘Artists Against Apartheid’ gigs, and ‘Rock Against Racism’ gigs around the same sort of time. Bands like the Clash and the Specials had a lot to do with influencing the minds of the youth in those days.” Those formative experiences are still evident in Massive Attack’s outlook today. 

 
Maybe Moby is not aware that an Israeli group, has written him a letter (10 April, 2011) asking him not to approve of Occupation and Apartheid.  The letter to Moby from these young Israelisstates it best, 

As drones hum over Gaza in the past 72 hours, after taking the lives of 19 Gazans and injuring over a 100 children, women and men, it becomes more and more urgent to protest what many fear will be a repetition of the 2009 “Operation Cast Lead”, which culminated in over 1400 deaths and thousands of injuries.
As an American citizen, we believe that you understand the responsibility to protest the policies of war which your government exports around the world. The U.S. government has just bestowed a guarantee of $3.09 billion dollars a year to Israel in military aid.[3] BDS is a very specific request from the people who are the cannon fodder of this financial relationship; Palestinian civil society asks that you not continue “business as usual” with Israel and we join their call: Please don’t preform in Israel.
A performance by you will give an air of commercial approval to the policies of occupation and apartheid, whether you wish it to, or not; [4] While not performing in Israel- today- is the best way to support the safety, self determination and equal rights of all in the region. Moby, we ask you- Make love, fuck war- just disengage your music from the ongoing project of U.S. occupation and war-profiteering in the Middle East.

 
Moby is sceduled to play for the Pic.nic Festival in apartheid Israel. His concert is for July 12, in Tel-Aviv-Yafo. We ask Moby to stand for the Palestian call for the Cultural Boycott of Israel until it abides by international law and stops its brutal occupation of the Palestinian people.  See the Facebook campaign : Moby – Please Don’t Play For Apartheid Israel.
One way to contact moby is to call the cafe that he owns directly and leave a polite (very) short message, that # in nyc is 212-475-9190 see https://www.teany.com/cafe 
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