A new Facebook page has been launched titled: Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream for justice, not apartheid. In a direct reference to the American icon’s efforts to promote justice, the page seeks to inform Springsteen about the injustices wrought upon the indigenous people of Palestine. The page asks the singer and his band to refrain from playing in Tel Aviv, Israel’s “Sun City.”
Pete Seeger, who endorsed the cultural boycott of Israel, sang with Springsteen in 2009. Pete Seeger unequivocally supports the cultural boycott, in Feb 2011 he says “I misunderstood the leaders of the Arava Institute because I didn’t realize to what degree the Jewish National Fund was supporting Arava. Now that I know more, I support the BDS movement as much as I can.”
The Israeli press is abuzz with rumors that Bruce will play in Tel Aviv, giving a much needed image-boost to the increasingly isolated apartheid state. Bruce Springsteen’s marketing firm, Shore Fire Media, as well as his contact point on twitter, have declined to confirm or deny the prospective June 2012 concert date.
Despite the intense pressure for Bruce to play Tel Aviv, it is still his unequivocal right to say that he prefers to refrain from playing in Israel.
Will he choose to play in the apartheid state, succumbing to that pressure? Or will he or decline to, and stand on the side of justice. Will his call for humanitarian issues supersede the hollow promises of his US and Israeli booking agents? Most importantly for him, will he remain the Bruce Springsteen that cares about human rights, or will he join the likes of Elton John, Lady Gaga and Madonna, who have all embraced the notion that music is played for profitably, and justice is a separate issue.
Here’s the first of many tours Bruce can take online, this one showing the illegal apartheid wall.
Israel commits crime of apartheid: "Inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity "committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime."