Saturday, September 6, 2014

Flash Mob for Gaza Sends Powerful Message and Ends to Applause

(Bosa, Sardinia) Sounds of bombing, a woman falls to the ground, more bombing, people strewn about the square.  A lone trumpeter walks amongst the bodies of young people, men, and women.  An interested crowd gathers.
Families initially react with shock, covering their children's ears, then interest, and finally applause.  
This flash mob tells the story of Israel's massacre of Gaza, in the context of our everyday lives.  It is unsettling because it brings home a piece of the horror that Israel inflicted on the entire population of Gaza.  The death toll is an alarming 2,168: 521 Children and 297 Women.  
The BDS Movement recently explained:
...on August 2nd 2014, three days after the occupation forces bombed the designated UN humanitarian shelter in Jabalya refugee camp, killing 20 civilians and wounding at least 150 people as they slept, the US Congress approved $225 million in additional military aid to Israel. The following day, the occupation forces bombed another UN shelter in Rafah killing ten civilians and injuring dozens. Also during the massacre, Germany sold Israel an attack submarine with nuclear capability, and Britain refused to freeze its arms sales to Israel. These and other forms of criminal complicity from world governments and official bodies pave the way for Israel’s ongoing genocidal attacks. It is up to people of conscience and all those who seek peace with justice worldwide to make sure this complicity ends now.
From small port towns like Bosa, Sardinia to New York City:  Boycott Israel!

Friday, August 22, 2014

OPEN LETTER: Join the Cultural Boycott of Israel, Lady Gaga

Bocyott Israel, Lady Gaga.
Mohammed El Kurd recently wrote this open letter to Lady Gaga, asking her to support the boycott.
Please don’t come to Israel, Lady Gaga.
So, I’m a huge fan of yours. I just want to tell you that you absolutely changed, and saved my life. You helped me accept who I am and help me find the beauty and the good in me. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be alive.

My name is Mohammed, I’m 16 and I’m from Jerusalem, Palestine. And my dream is to meet you, but also I have other dreams like: freedom, safety & having an independent political identity. 67 years ago ‘Israel’ was (and still duh) Palestine, people lived in peace here, just like any other country. But in 1948 the British government decided to give Palestine to Israeli people to live in like, ‘it was a land with no people for people with no land’, but the trouble was is that there is already people in this land; us, the Palestinians. So during the great catastrophe 15th of May 1948 (Which is also my birth day, wow) thousands of Palestinians were brutally murdered, thrown away from their homes, and a lot of them left the country.

It was horrible, but the hard part is that it’s still going on. For example: Israeli settlers and their government took my house, made me homeless (well I live with my grandma now but yea), among side with thousands of other Palestinians. But some cases are even harder, a lot of us get arrested or get killed just for being Palestinians. Our lands get stolen, our olive trees get demolished and our dreams get torn apart. And what they say that is their excuse for doing this that they’re the chosen people of god. But god is no real estate agent, is he?

You sing about love and compassion & how we all should belong together. Not hurt one another, well, Israel isn’t that it’s a war criminal. it has nothing to do peace. I do understand that it is not our fault – your fans here. But boycotting Israel would make such a difference, arguably.

If you do come here, I invite you to my house, because it is my dream to meet you. But also, because you need to see what has been going on in here. I want to invite you into the Palestinian spirit. I want you to see the struggle that we go through. I need you more than anything. It kills me living in a country where the existence of my identity is denied. And seeing the person I love the most; you support or just stay silent about that kills me, it hurts me inside that you may not understand what’s going on in here, but hey you can always try. The only person that knows what fire feels like is the person who’s burned. I’ll be here fighting through every second of my life for my freedom. Please do the right thing to do. Take a walk in my life. Try walking in my shoes, what would you do if you, Papa Joe, Cynthia & Natalie got thrown out of your house, would you sing for the person who stole your house?

Here’s a link for a documentary of me called “My Neighborhood” this was in 2011 and it shows what happened here.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Israeli Mass Media Portrays Gaza Massacre as Charming Summertime Project for Twenty-Somethings

Heeding the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel often takes immense courage, but it also means that in the future, thousands of innocent lives may be spared.
Writing messages on bombs used to kill civilians in Gaza.

Recently, marches in Tel Aviv blocked streets while Israeli youths chanted in favor of mass death amounting to genocide: [1]
They’ll take their papers away.
Olé, olé, olé-olé-olé
In Gaza there’s no studying
No children are left there…
Another young Israeli bragged that he killed 13 children in Gaza.  He used instagram to further threaten the deaths of more people. [2]

A chilling video emerges

This chilling video emerged[3], showing soldiers joyously playing games and eating sushi take-out. Flirty girls who need “refreshing” with outdoor hair-washes appear as if they are just one step above a girl-scout camp trip away from mom and dad. (0:55 Yes, they even [my parents] came to visit).

This Israeli media video report depicts Israeli mass murderers as normal. [1] Upbeat music accompanies this video, created for Israel public consumption, and released on 3 Aug 2014 via Israeli Channel 2 in Hebrew. The BDS movement has added English subtitles to expose the blatant disregard for human life as seen on the pert -often jovial- faces of these young Israelis participating in genocide.
At 1:17 an Israeli female soldier confirms she with the other 20 female soldiers in that particular military base fire missiles on Gaza every 2 minutes. With such frequency for sure these female soldiers are committing war crimes in which Palestinian babies and mothers are being massacred.
Their pleasure in destroying Gaza is shown in their facial expression and language, as well as the messages they inscript on the bombs.
From 2:45 the Israeli propaganda film shows the most banal messages being inscripted on the bombs that will kill Palestinians in Gaza.
At 2:57 one of the male soldiers tells about having a birthday (translation: "My birthday, birthday 24, she dedicated a bomb for me" and shows a very long hand written message on a bomb and concludes with "Fantastic.”)
At 3:03 one of the female soldiers tells about another bomb message:
"On this one I wrote this for not having a shower for a week"
(Hebrew: "על זאת כתבתי: 'זה על זה שלא התקלחתי שבוע")

Almost manic happiness as IOF soldiers bomb Gaza and play games.
Would any conscientious musician really want to appease and entertain these mass murderers?  When artists and others ignore the Palestinian call for boycott, the message is clear to these young Israeli war criminals:  Business as usual.  We are not being held to account for our crimes.  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Internationals Won't Appear at Israeli Boom Box Festival: Event Completely Cancelled

Boycott Israel:  Wyclef Jean with wife Claudinette
Israeli fans of Wyclef Jean won't be rocking while Gaza is burning on August 14 in Hadera, Israel. The entire Boom-Box Festival has been cancelled.  Boom Box organizers claim they will reschedule the event, but international musicians of conscience are urged to join the cultural boycott of Israel and commit to NOT rescheduling.  
Boom Box organizers have openly declared their support for IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) soldiers that are brutally massacring hundreds of children in Gaza.  Boom Box organizers are happy to mix music with Israeli pro-Zionist politics.

Boom Box Mixing Music with Ethnic Cleansing 
Boom Box had also featured US Rapper Talib Kweli.  On July 1, Kweli used twitter to publicly announce his choice to honor the cultural boycott of Israel.  Using twitter, he announced “As much as I want to play Israel, I have decided not to in solidarity with Palestinians who will not have access to my show."[1]

Normalization and Denial of Apartheid and Ethnic Cleansing 

Last April, Wyclef Jean joined with Israeli musician David Broza to create a video for "peace."  Jean sings in the opening track "Same face in the Gaza is the same face I see out in California." [2] Except the Gaza face is being torn apart or burnt by the Israeli face.  The faces of over 400 (that number climbs every day) beautiful Palestinian children have been frozen in death by the Israelis.  Jean's effort in co-creating "East Jerusalem - West Jerusalem" is categorized as normalization.  Israel's crime of apartheid and ethnic cleansing is denied and the Palestinian call for solidarity through the cultural boycott of Israel is ignored.  

Israel:  No Place to Headline

All artists, including Wyclef Jean, are urged to refrain from playing in Israel.  They are encouraged to join people of conscience everywhere who advocate for the cultural boycott of Israel.  
[1]  and

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lana Del Rey is Being Asked to Respect the Boycott of Israel

(July 27, 2014)  Lana Del Rey is being asked to respect the boycott of Israel, as called for by the majority of Palestinian Civil Society. A new facebook page titled Lana Del Rey, Don't Endorse Apartheid Israel's Violence states:
"American singer, Lana del Rey is expected to perform in today's Sun City --Tel Aviv, Israel in August 2014, at the Nokia Arena, tickets for Lana Del Rey are on sale now. It is especially pertinent that Lana cancel her gig and respect calls for a boycott of Israel, given that Israel is massacring hundreds of children and innocent civilians in Gaza, an inescapable open-air prison. We seek to let Lana know about the reasons for a boycott on this page."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Massive Attack Shows Support for Gaza at Longitude 2014

(Marlay Park, Ireland) Several tweets following Massive Attack's set at Dublin's Longitude Festival confirmed the band's strong support for Gaza.  Safe From Harm was performed to graphic images from Gaza.  The Irish Mirror reported that during Unfinished Sympathy, graphics and music paused to display the number of lives lost in Gaza.  Massive Attack was featured at the three day festival as the closing act on the main stage.

In 2010, Robert Del Naja affirmed his commitment to the cultural boycott of Israel in an interview with William Parry:
“I think musicians have a major role to play," Del Naja says. "I find the more I get involved, the more the movement becomes something tangible. I remember going to 'Artists Against Apartheid' gigs, and 'Rock Against Racism' gigs around the same sort of time. Bands like the Clash and the Specials had a lot to do with influencing the minds of the youth in those days."[1]

[1] The Silent Treatment
see also "More from Robert Del Naja on the Israel Boycott"

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Israeli Trance Scene: Isle of Dreams is Just a Dream

Israeli trance fans won't revel in trance music this August with Avicii, Maxwell, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Alesso, R3hab, Ingrosso and tens of others.  
The Isle of Dreams trance music festival planned for August 7, 8, and 9 in Israel has been cancelled.  Trance music is immensely popular in Israel, and this was a highly anticipated festival featuring the top names in trance music.  Several trance artists have been called on to boycott Israel since the inception of Trance Addicts Against Apartheid in 2013.  The cancellation is welcome by boycott activists because it gives artists more time to learn about Palestine and the BDS movement and decide not to reschedule if they choose to.  It also allows Israeli trance fans to realize in a concrete way that life and trance music do not go on as usual when Israel massacres hundreds of refugees in Gaza.  

According to Trance Addicts Against Apartheid: "...the scale and influence [of trance music] is so massive that the country [Israel] is now credited with being the birthplace of "Full on", a form of psychedelic trance. While freedom of expression and a jubilant state of mind sit at the heart of trance music, Israel is anything but to Palestinians whose daily lives are subject to an apartheid system that denies them the basic rights and freedoms to live on their lands, to mobility, to education among other denied rights. Trance's deep roots in Israel have only helped to normalize Israel's false image among trance artists and trance fans as a country that is progressive, democratic, ordinary, and peaceful. Israel's list of violations of human rights go unnoticed. Israel's continuing siege on Gaza and control of the West Bank subjects millions of people to a cruel, unjust system of oppression that has been called worse than South Africa's former apartheid."