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OPEN letter to Denise Jannah and Ramon Válle: Please Refrain Playing Israel

OPEN letter to Denise Jannah and Ramon Válle: Please Refrain Playing Israel

9/4/11
Dear Denise Jannah and Ramon Válle,
We write you this letter in the hope that you will carefully consider cancelling your September 5-11 concerts in apartheid Israel [1] (Israel practices the three pillars of apartheid).  Fighting apartheid in South Africa was right, and fighting apartheid wherever it raises its ugly face is still right.Your concert at the Israel-government funded Tel Aviv Museum will serve to make Israel appear to be a normal, tolerant “democracy.” This is far from the truth, but the sterilized image of a sparkling clean Israel is all that will remain as a memory of your gig. The hidden truth is very very different. Nightly raids, arrests of children and imprisonment, the ugly apartheid wall, and the suffering of the millions who live under the strict control of Israel in vast walled in ghettos is hidden. Most Israelis cannot even bear the sight of the wall themselves, but Palestinians have been forced to lose access to their own farms, and often -families- as well as their life-sustaining jobs….just so Israel can confiscate more land through the building of the illegal wall. We are attaching these wall photos for you to see part of the pain, and to let you feel one of the reasons you might consider to cancel your concert:We would be happy to send you information about the plight of the Palestinian refugees, beautiful quotes by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu in support of the Palestinian people and horrendous testimonies of Israeli interrogation.

The recent International Red Cross report on the siege of Gaza demonstrates how terribly damaging it is to Palestinians. [2]  The siege most definitely constitutes human rights abuse. Also, the UN Report of 2009 finds Israel guilty of committing war crimes in its assault on Gaza in 2008/2009, including using white phosphorous on civilians and using human shields. [3]

You may not be aware that Roger Waters has asked his colleagues in the music industry, to boycott Israel.  He says:

“In my view, the abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields over the besieged Palestinians in Gaza and the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), coupled with its denial of the rights of refugees to return to their homes in Israel, demands that fair-minded people around the world support the Palestinians in their civil, nonviolent resistance.
Where governments refuse to act people must, with whatever peaceful means are at their disposal. For me this means declaring an intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their government’s policies, by joining the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.
My conviction is born in the idea that all people deserve basic human rights. This is not an attack on the people of Israel. This is, however, a plea to my colleagues in the music industry, and also to artists in other disciplines, to join this cultural boycott.
Artists were right to refuse to play in South Africa’s Sun City resort until apartheid fell and white people and black people enjoyed equal rights. Andwe are right to refuse to play in Israel until the day comes – and it surely will come – when the wall of occupation falls and Palestinians live alongside Israelis in the peace, freedom, justice and dignity that they all deserve.”

(guardian.co.uk at 21.30 GMT on Friday 11 March 2011)

The BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions) movement has reached global proportions and people around the world are joining in solidarity with the oppressed people who live under Israel’s harsh, oppressive, racist apartheid system.  Solidarity is alive and well in Australia, Ireland, the USA, South America, Europe, Japan, Korea, and many other places such as Fiji.It has been noted that you performed a “benefit” concert for the people of Gaza after Israel’s brutal attack. You may want to read the PACBI’s take on artists who want to stand with Palestine but also play concerts in Israel, or visit Israeli institutions. Please visit http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1706 and here is a small except from the 2 September statement:

Academics and artists must also realize that their mere presence at mainstream Israeli institutions and forums—regardless of the content of their participation, which may well often be critical of Israel—will be used to whitewash Israeli crimes and normalize Israeli oppression.  This is so because violating the BDS call at a time when this movement is growing internationally, as well as in Israel, is far more damaging than making critical statements, especially when those statements are often used by Israel to promote its illusion of a tolerant and democratic society.  This is not to mention that there are numerous ways to address Israelis today, and provide critical insights, without visiting the country and making public appearances.”

We are not asking you to join or be a spokesperson (though we would be thrilled if you chose to) of this dynamic movement.  You are merely being asked to refrain from playing in Israel and thus, endorsing apartheid.  Palestinians are only asking you not to cross the picket line, and hope you will “Dream, Cry, and Fall in Love…” with the vision of an apartheid-free Israel.

Over 200 artists in Ireland have signed a pledge to boycott Israel.  [4] These artists refuse to allow their music to be exploited by an apartheid state that disregards international law and universal principles of human rights, but look forward to the day when normal cultural relations can be re-established with an Israel that fully complies with such laws and principles. Playing in Israel truly is a political statement in support of apartheid, and against human rights.  Please be aware of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s statement in 2005 that “We see culture as a propaganda tool of the first rank, and…do not differentiate between propaganda and culture.”

In the light of last year’s murder of humanitarian activists by the Israeli military and the ongoing illegal and immoral siege of Gaza, as well as the occupation of Palestine, it is profoundly important that Israel not be allowed to profit from artists visiting the state until it upholds international law.

Our sincere hope is that you will refuse to cross the picket line drawn by the Palestinian call for cultural boycott and cancel your concert plans in Israel.

Sincerely,

Don’t Play Apartheid Israel

We are a group, of over 745 members, representing many nations around the globe, who believe that it is essential for musicians & other artists to heed the call of the PACBI, and join in the boycott of Israel. This is essential in order to work towards justice for the Palestinian people under occupation, and also in refugee camps and in the diaspora throughout the world.

[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).
http://www.hsrc.ac.za/Media_Release-378.phtml 
 
Full report of the South African Human Sciences Research Council
http://www.kadaitcha.com/pdfs/3EE20d01.pdf

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

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] Gaza Closure: Not Another year!
http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/update/palestine-update-140610.htm[3] UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict.http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/FactFindingMission.htm

[4] IPSC “Irish artists’ pledge to boycott Israel”  http://www.ipsc.ie/archives/pledge/

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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 www.pacbi.org) – 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).
http://www.hsrc.ac.za/Media_Release-378.phtml

Full report of the South African Human Sciences Research Council
http://www.kadaitcha.com/pdfs/3EE20d01.pdf

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

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

Israel, Tuba Skinny and Injustice: Open Letter

Israel, Tuba Skinny and Injustice: Open Letter

Tubaskinny
8/14/11
Jazz festivals take place every summer all over the world, and New Orleans jazz bands are in high demand.  Jazz music is loved the world over, so why would it be considered inhumane to play at a Jazz festival?
In the case of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, music takes on a very political role, because of the well-known global BDS movement.  The PACBI, (Palestinian Call for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) has, since 2005, asked musicians to refrain from playing in Israel, and their call, representing Palestinian Civil Society, has become a global movement.
Thus, when a band, like Tuba Skinny, agrees to play in Israel, and break the picket line, it becomes very political.  Tuba Skinny members, Erika Lewis, Todd Burdick, Kiowa Wells, Shaye Cohn, Barnabus Jones and Robin Rupuzzi, should cancel their planned concert for Sunday, August 21, 2011 at the “88FM” Club in Eilat, Israel.  Their brief performance at 8 pm, though financially lucrative for the band, can never be worth their effort if they have to stand on the side of injustice and oppression in order to play.
Other musicians have made very clear stands on the side of human rights, and one of the most notable is Roger Waters, founder of the UK Pink Floyd sensation.
The PACBI asks all artists, including Tuba Skinny, to refrain from playing in Israel.
Dear Tuba Skinny members, Erika Lewis, Todd Burdick, Kiowa Wells, Shaye Cohn, Barnabus Jones and Robin Rupuzzi,
 The Palestinian arts community is deeply saddened, when artists such as yourself agree to perform in Israel.  We strongly urge you to cancel your plans to perform in Israel until the time comes when Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories and respects the relevant precepts of international law concerning Palestinian rights to freedom, self-determination and equality.

How can Tuba Skinny’s band members  be apathetic to the monstrosity of Israel’s current war crimes in Gaza, its Apartheid Wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice at the Hague, or its continued violation of fundamental Palestinian rights? Just as conscientious artists the world over boycotted South African apartheid in the past we expect and urge Tuba Skinny to boycott Israel’s own system of colonization and racial discrimination, compared to apartheid by former US President Jimmy Carter, as well as many leading figures in South Africa, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and current minister, Ronnie Kasrils.

Do Your Duty” and do not come to Israel. Help promote “peace in the valley,” and dedicate your cancellation to all the mothers who lost their children; 24 Palestinian children were killed in April 2008 alone by the Israeli occupation army; 34 were killed in the Gaza Strip in March in what the Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Villnai threatened to become a “bigger Holocaust.” And 327 Palestinian children are still in prison. So far, more than 180 terminally ill people and premature babies have died within four months in Gaza as a result of the heinous, medieval siege imposed by the country you are planning to visit.  In December 2008 and January 2009 Israel waged a deadly war against the besieged people of occupied Gaza.  Almost all of the 1,400 deaths were of civilians, and hundreds of children were left dead.  This led to the United Nation’s “Goldstone Report” in which it was declared that Israel had committed war-crimes.  

It is also worth reminding you that Palestinian musicians in the occupied Palestinian territory, like all Palestinians under Israeli occupation, are denied their basic rights, including the “privilege” of freedom of expression which you — and all of us — so highly value. They are often denied their right to travel, sometimes even within the Occupied Palestinian Territory; many are denied access to festivals; and some are imprisoned, injured or killed by the occupation forces. Try to find out, for instance, how many Palestinian jazz fans, particularly those in besieged Gaza, will be allowed to attend your concert? By performing at the Red Sea Jazz festival you are helping to perpetuate this unjust form of apartheid that denies Palestinians their basic rights.Palestinian civil society has almost unanimously called upon international civil society to engage in acts and campaigns of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it fully complies with international law and recognizes the fundamental human rights of the people of Palestine. The Church of England, the US Presbyterian Church, a group of top British architects, major unions in Britain, South Africa, Ireland and Canada, among many other groups and institutions in the West, have all heeded the Palestinian distress call and considered applying effective pressure on Israel to promote peace and justice in our troubled land.

We sincerely hope that you shall cancel your announced performance in Israel.

~The BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) Community Worldwide

OPEN letter to Between Buried and Me: Refrain from playing in Apartheid Israel

9/6/11 OPEN letter to Tommy Giles Rogers, Paul Waggoner, Dustie Waring, Dan Briggs and Blake Richardson of Between Buried and Me

Metal  music is loved the world over, so why would it be considered inhumane to play a gig in Israel?
In the case of Israel, music takes on a very political role, because of the well-known global BDS movement.  The PACBI, (Palestinian Call for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) has, since 2005, asked musicians to refrain from playing in Israel, and their call, representing Palestinian Civil Society, has become a global movement.
Thus, when a band, like Between Buried and Me, agrees to play in Israel, and break the picket line, it becomes very political.  Band members Tommy Giles Rogers, Paul Waggoner, Dustie Waring, Dan Briggs and Blake Richardson should cancel their planned concert for 10 September at the Barby in Israel.  Their brief performance at 9:30 pm, though financially lucrative for the band, can never be worth their effort if they have to stand on the side of injustice and oppression in order to play.
Other musicians have made very clear stands on the side of human rights, and one of the most notable is Roger Waters, founder of the UK Pink Floyd sensation.
The PACBI asks all artists, including Between Buried and Me, to refrain from playing in Israel.
Dear band members, Tommy Giles Rogers, Paul Waggoner, Dustie Waring, Dan Briggs and Blake Richardson,
The Palestinian arts community is deeply saddened, when artists such as yourself agree to perform in Israel.  We strongly urge you to cancel your plans to perform in Israel until the time comes when Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories and respects the relevant precepts of international law concerning Palestinian rights to freedom, self-determination and equality.
How can Between Buried and Me’s band members  be apathetic to the monstrosity of Israel’s current war crimes in Gaza, its Apartheid Wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice at the Hague, or its continued violation of fundamental Palestinian rights? Just as conscientious artists the world over boycotted South African apartheid in the past we expect and urge Between Buried and Me to boycott Israel’s own system of colonization and racial discrimination, compared to apartheid by former US President Jimmy Carter, as well as many leading figures in South Africa, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and current minister, Ronnie Kasrils.
Help stop Israel’s “Circus” of using metal music to whitewash apartheid” and do not come to Israel. “Breathe in, Breathe Out,” and dedicate your cancellation to all the mothers who lost their children; 24 Palestinian children were killed in April 2008 alone by the Israeli occupation army; 34 were killed in the Gaza Strip in March in what the Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Villnai threatened to become a “bigger Holocaust.” And 327 Palestinian children are still in prison. So far, more than 180 terminally ill people and premature babies have died within four months in Gaza as a result of the heinous, medieval siege imposed by the country you are planning to visit.  In December 2008 and January 2009 Israel waged a deadly war against the besieged people of occupied Gaza.  Almost all of the 1,400 deaths were of civilians, and hundreds of children were left dead.  This led to the United Nation’s “Gold
stone Report” in which it was declared that Israel had committed war-crimes.
It is also worth reminding you that Palestinian musicians in the occupied Palestinian territory, like all Palestinians under Israeli occupation, are denied their basic rights, including the “privilege” of freedom of expression which you — and all of us — so highly value. They are often denied their right to travel, sometimes even within the Occupied Palestinian Territory; many are denied access to festivals; and some are imprisoned, injured or killed by the occupation forces. Try to find out, for instance, how many Palestinian metal fans, particularly those in besieged Gaza, will be allowed to attend your concert? By performing at the Barby you are helping to perpetuate this unjust form of apartheid that denies Palestinians their basic rights.
Palestinian civil society has almost unanimously called upon international civil society to engage in acts and campaigns of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it fully complies with international law and recognizes the fundamental human rights of the people of Palestine. The Church of England, the US Presbyterian Church, a group of top British architects, major unions in Britain, South Africa, Ireland and Canada, among many other groups and institutions in the West, have all heeded the Palestinian distress call and considered applying effective pressure on Israel to promote peace and justice in our troubled land.
We sincerely hope that you shall cancel your announced performance in Israel.

~The BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanctions) Community Worldwide, represented by

Don’t Play Apartheid Israel

We are a group, of over 745 members, representing many nations around the globe, who believe that it is essential for musicians & other artists to heed the call of the PACBI, and join in the boycott of Israel. This is essential in order to work towards justice for the Palestinian people under occupation, and also in refugee camps and in the diaspora throughout the world.

Jane’s Addiction, Interpol, Blonde Redhead: Are You Really Going To Play Apartheid Israel?

Jane’s Addiction, Interpol, Blonde Redhead: Are You Really Going To Play Apartheid Israel?

 

Submitted by nora on Sun, 08/21/2011 – 17:57

As Israel continues to pound the daylights out of the Gaza Strip, several US bands remain committed to entertaining audiences in Tel Aviv.

(Interpol, standing against human rights and for apartheid?  Shame on them)

(Jane’s addiction, newly reunited and committed to playing for apartheid, and ignoring a global call to boycott Israel?  How un-cool)

(below- Blonde Redhead was asked to refrain from crossing the picket line, you  won’t see these boycott breakers with human rights activists.  They’d rather play for apartheid)

August, New York-based post-punk/indie rocks band Interpol and Blonde Redhead, along with southern California’s punk-psychedelic rockers Jane’s Addiction, are scheduled to play the “Pic.Nic Festival” in Tel Aviv, thus ignoring the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

The Israeli solidarity group Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call From Within(BFW) recently issued an open letter to the bands urging them to refuse to collaborate with Israel’s apartheid, occupation and racism. The letter states, in part:

Israeli propaganda will gladly announce that you are coming to perform in “the only Democracy in the Middle East”, but your Palestinian fans in the Occupied Territories will not even be allowed to come to Tel Aviv and enjoy your performance. Furthermore, the Pic.Nic festival is produced by Shuki Weiss, who has a special relationship with the Israeli establishment. Mr. Weiss attendedKnesset meetings which have led to draconian anti-democratic legislation to outlaw boycotts, and he sends Israeli politicians VIP tickets to concerts which he produces. This is not just corruption within the system, but corruption that serves to whitewash Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinian people, using international artists such as you.

You have an opportunity to stand with the oppressed. Please don’t play in apartheid Israel, until it complies with international law and ends the occupation over the occupied territories, recognizes full equality for its Palestinian citizens and respects and protects the Palestinian refugee’s right of return to their homes and properties.

In addition to the open letter, a campaign is underway on Facebook to educate the bands about the political reality behind playing a show in Tel Aviv. Activists are encouraging fans of Interpol in particular to write directly to the band’s management, and have have drafted a sample letter, while campaigners with the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) have authored some sample tweets to help solidarity activists publicize the call.

Playing ♫ for Apartheid is not cool,

Refrain Playing Israel

Dear Marie and Per of Roxette: OPEN LETTER

Dear Marie and Per of Roxette: OPEN LETTER

Dear Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle of Roxette,

It came to our attention recently that you had recorded a video, for Israeli press “Ynet” stating that you “just want to say ‘hi’ to all your fans in Israel, see you very soon in Tel Aviv.”

We know that you are aware that Shuki Weiss works tirelessly to promote musical events in Israel.  Shuki has also persuaded Marianne Faithfull to record a video similar to yours.  In fact, there are at least seven artists who appear to have been willing to vocalize, in videos, that they indeed WILL play in Israel.[1]

In one sense, we are pleased to see that cultural boycott campaigns are recognized as potentially effective in getting artists such as yourself to cancel.  We have never seen any other nation except Israel, persuade artists to record videos such as these, and for good reason.  No other nation has seen so many artists cancel their concerts, as a response to the rational and humanitarian call for a cultural boycott.

But, on the other hand, we want to remind you both, Marie and Per, that you each still possess the right to refrain playing in Israel.    If even one of your duo feels that playing in Israel is indeed the wrong thing, then we urge that one to have the courage to refrain.  

 

Please know that you are planning to play in Israel in violation of a boycott called for in 2005.  This boycott was further intensified in 2009, after Israel’s many violations of international law and documented war crimes in Gaza. [2]

 

Israel’s illegal and violent actions on humanitarian aid volunteers in the summer of 2010 led to nine deaths on the Freedom Flotilla.  Executions took place at close range, and multiple bullets were fired directly at the heads of these unarmed civilians, whose aim was solely humanitarian in nature, all by well-trained and armed Israeli commandos.  

 

Did you know that the Israeli Navy acted as pirates, in international waters?  Perhaps you have read the Kurt Wallander detective books.  Did you know Swedish author Mankell fearlessly joined the flotilla in 2010?  Afterwards he said “Israel has never before been so condemned. Israel has painted itself into a corner. The world does not look the same as it did a week ago.”  Upon his return to Sweden, Mankell charged that “all the ships (in the flotilla) were hijacked, and this was really piracy.” [3]

 

Have you heard of Tove Johansson from Stockholm?  Tove could very well be one of your fans.  In November of 2006, Tove was brutally attacked by Israeli colonists resulting in a broken cheekbone, a fractured skull and damage to her eye muscles.  Tove knows that Palestinians undergo this violence on a daily basis.  She was attempting to walk small children to their homes from their school.  She was spit at, then kicked, then attacked with a glass bottle.  In a statement from the Swedish government :

“The Swedish government is dissatisfied with Israel’s investigation of an attack in the contentious West Bank city of Hebron that left a Swedish activist with a broken cheekbone, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.  “We’re concerned that this hasn’t been followed up, and we intend to speak to the relevant authorities and ask for more information about the incident,” said Petra Hansson, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Foreign Ministry. ” [4]

Shuki wants you to think you are “playing for people, not for governments.”  It would be utterly ridiculous for you to agree to play a concert for colonists in Ariel, and invite Tzipi Livni and Ehud Olmert.

Some Israelis are boycotting products made in the settlements.  Some of your Israeli fans may disagree with their own government.  Some of your Israeli fans may have even attended protests against the wall.  

The small sacrifice your Israeli fans would have to make by not hearing you  perform live is equivalent to nothing compared to the aims and goals of the boycott.  Musicians who refrain from playing Israel are very humanitarian focused, and they usually agree that:

  1. Racial discrimination and segregation against the Palestinian citizens of Israel is wrong, and it resembles the defunct apartheid system in South Africa.
  2. Military occupation and colonization of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza is wrong and it violates international law and multiple UN resolutions.
  3. The Palestinian Nakba is a fact.  Israel is responsible for the Nakba — in particular the waves of ethnic cleansing and dispossession that created the Palestinian refugee problem — and Israel continues to refuse to accept the inalienable rights of the refugees and displaced. International law stipulates that they have a right to reparations or to return to their homes.

 

Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle, don’t you also agree that international law should be upheld and that the Palestinian people’s rights are as valid as any other people’s?

 

We hope you will refrain, as you put it so well, “Listen to your heart,” not to pressure from musical contracts.

Don’t Play Apartheid Israel

We are a group, of over 760 members, representing many nations around the globe, who believe that it is essential for musicians & other artists to heed the call of the PACBI, and join in the boycott of Israel. This is essential in order to work towards justice for the Palestinian people under occupation, and also in refugee camps and in the diaspora throughout the world.

 

[1]  After a months long BDS campaign, the group August Burns Red, decided to cancel their concert in Israel.  Their video still remains on Shuki Weiss’s youtube channel at the time of this publishing.

[2] See the Goldstone Report http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/specialsession/9/docs/UNFFMGC_Report.pdf

[3] See Wallander writer may bar Hebrew Version of books http://hello.news352.lu/edito-46181-wallender-writer-may-bar-hebrew-version-of-books.html

[4] ISM  Report:  Swedish Human Rights Worker Viciously Attacked by Jewish Extremists in Hebron.  http://palsolidarity.org/2006/11/1726/

19-year old Swedish human rights worker Tove Johansson had her cheekbone broken by a Jewish extremist in Hebron today. Earlier the same day at least five Palestinians, including a 3-year-old child, were injured by the settler-supporting extremists, who rampaged through Tel Rumeida hurling stones and bottles at local residents. Palestinian schoolchildren on their way home were also attacked. The Israeli army, which was intensively deployed in the area, did not intervene to stop the attacks.http://palsolidarity.org/2006/11/1726/

Zdob si Zdub: Don’t Play in Apartheid Israel

Zdob si Zdub: Don’t Play in Apartheid Israel

Lately some musical artists have voiced that they had not heard of the cultural boycott of Israel, or they would have never scheduled to play in Israel.  Tuba Skinny, of New Orleans was due to play for the Israeli Red Sea Jazz Festival, and just days before, they cancelled [2] after being informed of the boycott by humanitarians.  Denise Jannah and Ramon Valle (of the Netherlands) became aware of the the boycott two days prior to their three scheduled concerts in Israel, they played in Israel anyway.  Denise’s experience in Israel, and correspondence with BDS volunteers, evidently created in her great regret that she had played for the apartheid regime, and she has written a letter stating she now supports BDS, where she states:

Please let me start by telling you this: of a cultural BDS boycott Ramon and I had NO knowledge, none at all. This is where the problem started, for had I known I would have done things differently: the reasons for this boycott are valid.[1]

Vintage punker Jello Biafara and advocate of the (USA) Green Party was also scheduled to play Israel, he also cancelled his performance.  He was also unaware that his actions would be interpretated as showing support for Israeli apartheid.  He thought he would be letting his Israeli fans down if he cancelled, and that his Israeli fans were all anti-zionist and against apartheid.  He cancelled after Punks Against Apatheid [3] launched an extensive education campaign making him more aware of the PACBI’s call for a cultural boycott of Israel. [4]

Now Moldavian punkers Zdob si Zdub have announced on their “gigs” page that they will be in Tel Aviv at the Barby on 5 November. [5]

 

(Zdob şi Zdub before the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf.)

The chances are high that when they contracted to play in Israel, they were not informed of the boycott.  Usually, the only way bands can often be contacted are through their booking agents or management. Punk bands are noted for making stands against government oppression.  Punk bands are not known for breeching boycotts or crossing picket lines that exist for causes like human rights and justice.  It can only be assumed that these punkers from Moldavia are not aware of the boycott because they have not been contacted.  The BDS movement has not taken hold in Modavia or Russia, and apparently it needs much wider exposure in the Netherlands and the USA.

As of this publishing, the contacts we have for these Moldavian punkers, who participated in the Eurovision Song 2011 Contest in Dusseldorf (and placed 12th) are:

on Facebook see http://www.facebook.com/zdobsizdub?sk=wall

myspace comments page for Zdob si Zdub

on twitter @zdobsizdub (tweet to them about the boycott, ask them to cancel their 5 Nov concert in Israel)

emails for the band booking/management:

arina@cuibul.com <arina@cuibul.com>

concert@zdob-si-zdub.com <concert@zdob-si-zdub.com>

Please participate in letting this band know what they are probably unaware of, that there is a cultural boycott on now of Israel.  They they are being asked to respect this global call.

Zdob si Zdub, performing in Israel is a clear violation of support for human rights and justice.  Punk music and apartheid don’t belong together.

 

 

[1] See Jazz artist Denise Jannah’s full letter here http://www.kadaitcha.com/2011/09/18/denise-jannah-and-ramon-valles-now-support-bds/

[2] See letter from tuba Skinny on their cancellation here http://electronicintifada.net/blog/adri-nieuwhof/tuba-skinny-speaks-out-cancellation-show-red-sea-festival

[3] See http://punksagainstapartheid.com/ and http://punksagainstapartheid.com/2011/07/its-bigger-than-jello/

[4] See http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=869

[5] See http://www.zdob-si-zdub.com/eng/concerts/index.html