Category Archives: Using music to whitewash

“That’s for cancelling the BackstreetBoys, you scum!” message by IOF on bomb


(July 26, 2014) During the Israeli massacre of Gaza, the IOF (Israeli Offense Forces) write in Hebrew on a military shell that’s about enter Gaza to butcher another child: “That’s for cancelling the BackstreetBoys, you scum!”

Join the boycott movement and SIGN onto this new petition asking the band NOT to reschedule.

Presently the twitter hashtag #ICC4Israel is trending, with people all over the world demanding that Israel face the International Criminal Court.  (SEE

HT to Ronnie Barkan for the photo on twitter.

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Neil Young USED to musicwash the apartheid state, Israel

Two of Israel’s Embassies have resorted to using Neil’s Young’s planned concert in the apartheid state to musicwash its tarnished image.  Here are two screenshots of Israel’s Canadian Embassy Twitter and also the Israel Embassy in Washington DC.  An open letter has already been circulated, asking the champion defender of indigenous people’s rights in Canada, to cancel his gig and boycott Israel.  His show is already set for Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 17, 2014 in a show entitled “The Past, the Present and The Future with Neil Young and Crazy Horse.”

Truly, Young’s efforts to protect first nation people’s land would ring hollow if he chooses to play in violation of the boycott call by millions of Palestinians.





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).

@HARDWELL ‘s name used by Israeli Apartheid State Twitter


Hardwell, Boycott Israel like Vitens

On December 18 and 19 DJ Hardwell plans to return to Israel.  The Dutch musician’s choice to play Israel comes alongside the choice by Dutch water supplier Vitens to end a partnership with Israeli water company Mekorot due to the “political context.”

In a statement, Vitens said it had come to the conclusion that it was “extremely hard” to work with Mekorot on future projects “because they cannot be taken out of the political context.”

Katerina Papadopoulou and Sabahat Akkiraz, don’t ignore the Palestinian call for the Boycott of Israel

Turkish singer Sabahat Akkiraz performing Turkish folk and Sufi music.
Turkish singer Sabahat Akkiraz performing folk and Sufi music (here in a Palestinian keffiyeh) is being asked to cancel her gig in apartheid Israel.

Calling it “Tourist tip #358 / International Oud Festival 2013” the Israeli English language paper “Haaretz,” ignores the historical reality of the Oud.  This musical instrument is part of Palestinian culture and often played by Palestinian people on the land that Israel illegally occupies.  Instead, Haaretz claims “The oud goes back into the dim reaches of history.”

Then, the article appropriates the music of two Greek and Turkish artists, in order to normalize Israeli apartheid, colonialism, and racial segregation.

This year features two Israeli premieres, as the festival programs tells us, the Katerina Papadopoulou Ensemble with traditional Greek music, and the popular Turkish singer Sabahat Akkiraz performing Turkish folk and Sufi music. The festival also features the Israeli artists Yair Dalal, Amos Hoffman, Haya Samir and others. – Haaretz 

The boycott of Israel

Katerina Papadopoulou Ensemble of Greece & Turkish folk and Sufi musical artist Sabahat Akkiraz, please do not disregard the Palestinian call for boycott.

Katerina Papadopoulou Ensemble of Greece being asked to boycott Israel.
Katerina Papadopoulou Ensemble of Greece being asked to boycott Israel.

Pro Israeli Press Appropriates Tom Jones’ Legendary Artistic Talent

UPDATE:  A petition has been launched by Cardiff PSC in Wales, asking Tom Jones to cancel his gig , see

Why would a Tom Jones concert ever be considered a strong political act?

Answer:  It would if he plays in Israel.  It would be broadcast by the Israeli regime that he personally supports Israel, as has been done with previous artists who have breached the boycott.

The Israeli press has already aggressively appropriated his artistic talent, using him to normalize apartheid.  Here are some of the many examples found online:

Pop Legend Tom Jones to perform in Israel for the first time since 1997! –Jerusalem Online, your link to Israel

My, my, my. Tom Jones said to be coming to Israel –The Jerusalem Post

Tom Jones to wrap up Israel’s ‘summer of nostalgia’The Times of Israel


Tom Jones to perform in Israel in October: One of most popular British singers from 1960s to this day signs contract for one concert in Tel Aviv – Ynet News

The Twitter arm of the State of Israel tweets: Tom Jones (@RealSirTomJones) to perform in #Israel in October.

With the boycott of Israel growing by musicians who are anti-apartheid, it becomes hard for Israel to lure artists.  Tom Jones may not be aware of the boycott but soon he will be, as a concerted human rights campaign (see is calling on him to cancel his concert.


Palestinian art depicting the horror of the 1948 Nakba.