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John Legend Welcome to Join Cultural Boycott of Israel & not Grovel

John Legend expressed disapproval of Israeli lobby.
John Legend expressed disapproval of Israeli lobby.

John Legend is welcome to join the Cultural Boycott of Israel.  On 30 July, he tweeted “So sick watching our Secretary of State have to grovel so hard to tell Israel how much he loves them while Israeli cabinet shits on him.”  

John Kerry is not unlike some musicians, who also grovel for the apartheid state.  Lady Gaga, Elton John and Madonna all played for Israel, ignoring the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott.  No doubt Legend will be asked to play in Tel Aviv, but from all accounts it looks as if he won’t grovel.  

See for more information on the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.


False Claim by Israel that Jay Z Would Entertain Apartheid Late 2013


The Official Apartheid Israel twitter channel falsely stated on 17 July 2013:  Leading American Rapper #JayZ is set to perform in #Israel in late 2013.  

“For any image or symbol or creative act to mean something, it has to touch something deeper, connect to something true.” – Jay-Z, writing about wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt, in Decoded (Virgin Books/Random House, 2010).

Bjork, Palestine, Israel, Boycott, Human Rights

In March 2008, the PACBI asked Bjork to cancel her Tel Aviv concert.  She did not play Israel.  She has chosen to respect the boycott, and her cancelled concert was reported by Ynet on July 20, 2008.  The letter follows:
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel 
Bjork, cancel your Tel Aviv concert!

30 March 2008

You uttered one word [“Tibet”] in a concert in Shanghai that sent ripples across many disapproving seas. This time, say it louder, and support another just cause: that of the Palestinian people.

Do not sing in Israel, so that your silence will prove to be more deafening.

The concert you plan to give in July in Israel will coincide with the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of this state over the ruins of another country, Palestine. With the creation of this state 60 years ago, three quarters of a million Palestinians were dispossessed and uprooted from their homes and lands, condemned to a life of exile and destitution.

At Hayarkon park in Tel Aviv, where you plan to sing, the Palestinian village of Jarisha was wiped off the map by the Zionist forces 60 years ago.

Israel at 60 is a state that is still denying Palestinian refugees their UN-sanctioned rights, simply because they are “non-Jews.” It is still illegally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands, in violation of numerous UN resolutions. In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Israel is continuing the construction of its colonies and massive wall in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of July 2004. It is still persistently and grossly breaching international law and infringing fundamental human rights with impunity afforded to it through munificent US and European economic, diplomatic and political support. It is still treating its own Palestinian citizens with institutionalized discrimination.

For several months now the state of Israel has been carrying out a slow genocide in the Gaza Strip, and maintaining a tight blockade over its inhabitants. Recently, the Israeli deputy defense minister Matan Vilnai, threatened Palestinians in the Gaza Strip with a “holocaust,” a direct reminder of what horrors might occur if Israeli aggression towards Palestinians continues to be met with international silence and apathy.

If you sing in Tel Aviv you will be taking part in a feast for war crimes, ethnic cleansing, dispossession, and continued oppression of a people.

We urge you to cancel your concert in Tel Aviv!


Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival: A Call to Boycott

Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival: A Call to Boycott

Chamber musicians may not be aware that there is a global movement on right now to drive Israel into breaking down it’s apartheid policies.  This movement is utilizing the technique that helped end apartheid in South Africa over two decades ago.  This movement is called boycott, divest and sanctions.  Known as “BDS,” it started in  2005 by the PACBI (see – The Palestinian Call for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel – in the occupied West Bank.

That BDS is feared by the apartheid regime of Israel is well known, and all attempts are made to silence the many recent BDS success stories.  Israel seeks to shield it’s citizens from the deepening pariah status of their nation.
That Israel is indeed an apartheid nation is still under debate in some circles, and it is totally denied by others.  But documentation has proven that Israel is indeed committing the crime of apartheid [1]
These photos of the apartheid wall are usually a surprise to most people in the west, this is the ugly face of apartheid that has created a vast ghetto out of what little land Israel has not yet confiscated from the Palestinians.
[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?

MF Doom: Reasons NOT to Play Israel’s Tel Aviv

UPDATE:  MF DOOM did not play Israel

MF Doom: Reasons NOT to Play Israel’s Tel Aviv


Rapper MF Doom and Israel don’t seem to be synonymous.   Google “Israel MF Doom” and there’s a full page of links to letters asking him to refrain from playing in Israel.  “Doom” probably does not know that the Israeli Government works very hard to promote Tel Aviv as a hedonistic, libertarian party city, frequented by many of the world’s best known bands and DJs. This manufactured image matters to Israel, the implicit message is that the country is liberal and progressive. Music fans can dance, drink and pop pills long into the night, blissfully distracted from the immeasurable suffering endured by Palestinians living just 40km down the road in Gaza. How can entertaining Israel, despite its occupation and apartheid, be considered non-political, whereas refraining from doing so is seen as political?


In effect, music helps to drown out the cries of the oppressed in a society wilfully in denial of its role as oppressor. Ten reasons why “MF Doom” should not be complicit in this crime:


1. Israel denies its responsibility for the Nakba — in particular the waves of ethnic cleansing and dispossession that created the Palestinian refugee problem — and therefore refusal to accept the inalienable rights of the refugees and displaced stipulated in and protected by international law.


2. Israel conducts military occupation and colonization of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza since 1967, in violation of international law and UN resolutions.


3. Israel has an entrenched system of racial discrimination and segregation against the Palestinian citizens of Israel, which resembles the defunct apartheid system in South Africa.


4. All forms of international intervention have until now failed to force Israel to comply with international law or to end its repression of the Palestinians, which has manifested itself in many forms, including siege, indiscriminate killing, wanton destruction and the racist colonial wall.


5. People of conscience in the international community of scholars and intellectuals have historically shouldered the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in their struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through diverse forms of boycott.


6.  All musicians are being asked to respect the cultural boycott of Israel and its complicit institutions by a majority of Palestinian civil society, over 170 organizations from across the political and social spectrum, and especially by a great majority of Palestinian artists and cultural figures. If the Palestinian near-consensus is not sufficient to convince MF Doom,  then he can at least refrain from performing until he has visited the occupied Palestinian territory and spoken with exiled Palestinian refugees.


7.  Israel is today the only state practicing a three-tiered system of oppression – occupation, colonization and apartheid – while being treated by Western states as part of their “democratic club” and, consequently, receiving unlimited political, economic, diplomatic, academic and cultural support from them.


8. MF Doom should not attempt to disguise personal interest and/or fear of the expected wrath of Israel and its influential lobby groups, with a mantle of wisdom and concern for the “real” interests of the oppressed. As Desmond Tutu says:  “Struggles for freedom and justice are fraught with huge moral dilemmas. How can we commit ourselves to virtue – before its political triumph – when such commitment may lead to ostracism from our political allies and even our closest partners and friends? Are we willing to speak out for justice when the moral choice that we make for an oppressed community may invite phone calls from the powerful or when possible research funding will be withdrawn from us?”


9. Palestinian citizens of Israel, refugees, and those living under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza have come together to develop a form of ethical, peaceful resistance to fight for these rights.  They have worked hard over the years to build a movement with consensus, and they are appealing to international cultural workers to stand with them in solidarity and put pressure on the Israeli apartheid government.


10. The BDS movement is growing rapidly.  This has caused some on the Zionist “left” to misleadingly promote a peace industry fraught with unequal “dialogue” where Palestinians lack any power to influence the outcome and joint projects that normalize oppression rather than help to end it. Palestinians refuse to engage in this unprincipled engagement and insist, instead, on calling for effective international solidarity in the form of BDS.  If MF Doom decides to side with the Israeli tactic, he is undermining the cause of freedom, justice and equality–the main slogans of the BDS movement.


Nightclub scene in Tel Aviv

Facebook Page Asks Springsteen not to Sing for Israel

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.

Joker: Please Don’t Violate the Palestinian Call for Boycott

18 Dec 2011

Joker: Please Don’t Violate the Palestinian Call for Boycott

Joker’s mysterious vanishing posts.  




Soon after Joker posted this, it mysteriously vanished. Many of his posts about Palestine/Israel have been removed.  When the oppressed people of Palestine call out to the international community for help, their SOS is for a boycott. They are not asking Djs/bands to strive to play in Israel, then donate the money to them.  I never felt Palsetinians wanted charity anyway.  They see their freedom as the only solution.  This worked for South Africa.