Latin Jazz Great Eddie Palmieri: Thank You for Cancelling Israel Performance

Latin Jazz Great Eddie Palmieri: Thank You for Cancelling Israel Performance

 

Warm thanks and praise for Eddie Palmieri’s decision to stand on the right side of history, and with justice for Palestine!

The Israeli press, late last night, announced the news that Puerto Rican Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri, who has won nine Grammy awards, has cancelled his performance at the Red Sea Jazz festival.  

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said, in 2005 that “We see culture as a propaganda tool of the first rank, and…do not differentiate between propaganda and culture.”

The Red Sea Jazz Festival’s top sponsors are the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport as well as the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.  

 

Many cultural events, such as the International Harp Contest in Israel, exist to propagate the sterile view that Israel is a great democracy, when in fact Israel is engaging in illegal apartheid. [1] 

For this reason, various campaigns have been organized in order to put pressure on Israel to change its apartheid policies.

Currently, there is a cultural boycott in effect against Israel among the International community. The call to boycott Israel is a global movement.  The PACBI has issued this plea for artists to reach out to call for justice.
It is not unusual for musical groups to cancel their performances in Israel.  In fact the growing number of musicians who have cancelled dates in Israel and joined the BDS call include: Roger Water [2], Elvis Costello [3], Tindersticks, Carlos Santana, Faithless, Leftfield, Gorillaz, Pixies, Gil Scott Heron, and many others, including artists of other genres. 
Eddie Palmieri, thank you for joining the above artists in standing on the right side of history, and against apartheid. 
[1] See four references below for documentation on apartheid in Israel:
A. Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC) study : Israel is practicing both colonialism and apartheid in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).
http://www.hsrc.ac.za/Media_Release-378.phtml
 
B. Full report of the South African Human Sciences Research Council
http://www.kadaitcha.com/pdfs/3EE20d01.pdf
 
C. Israel/Palestine, South Africa and the ‘One-State Solution’: The Case for an Apartheid Analysis
[Bakan, Abigail B. and Abu-Laban, Yasmeen(2010)
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ftinterface~content=a931468637~fulltext=713240930~frm=section

D. 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?

http://www.odsg.org/co/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1735%3Ais-israel-an-apartheid-state&catid=35%3Areports&Itemid=57

[2] Tear down this Israeli wall, I want the music industry to support Palestinians’ rights and oppose this inhumane barrier Roger Water, Friday 11 March 2011,http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/11/cultural-boycott-west-bank-wall
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