Jazz Musician Jason Moran Cancels Concert in Apartheid Israel

Jazz Musician Jason Moran Cancels Concert in Apartheid Israel

Thank you jazz pianist Jason Moran.  Jason Moran’s decision to cancel his concert in apartheid Israel is a welcome decision for the BDS movement that supports a cultural boycott of Israel.  Although he still, at this writing, has Israel listed on his live tour schedule, theIsraeli press published news of his cancellation.  


When artists cancel their shows in apartheid Israel, there is indeed a small wave of hope sent out.  That Israel is an apartheid nation has been well documented [1].  As Archbishop Desmond Tutu said:

 “I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children made to wait hours at Israeli military checkpoints routinely when trying to make the most basic of trips to visit relatives or attend school or college, and this humiliation is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and regularly insulted by the security forces of the Apartheid government.” [2]

A quick look at Jason Moran’s personal website shows he is well versed in what apartheid is, he recently helped create a film on South African apartheid:

 Jason Moran & The Bandwagon scored a new documentary titled RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope. The film chronicles Robert Kennedy’s visit to South Africa during apartheid.

RFK’s quote is referred to:
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a [person] stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” — Robert F. Kennedy
To thank Jason, a native of Houston, Texas, see his contact information here.





[1] See references below for documentation on apartheid in Israel:
Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC) study : Israel is practicing both colonialism and apartheid in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).
Full report of the South African Human Sciences Research Council
Israel/Palestine, South Africa and the ‘One-State Solution’: The Case for an Apartheid Analysis
[Bakan, Abigail B. and Abu-Laban, Yasmeen(2010)

Do Israel’s practices in occupied Palestinian territory, namely the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, amount to the crimes of colonialism and apartheid under international law?


[2] Divesting From Injustice, Desmond Tutu, Huffington Post, April 13, 2010

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