Sunday, May 27, 2012

BDS Italia to the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Boycott Israel

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Playing for a better day is not possible in Israel

An open letter from BDS Italy  (English translation.  original at
Sign the  international petition asking the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cancel a concert in Israel!
Dear Flea, Anthony, Chad and Josh,
After learning of your planned concert in Tel Aviv, we felt obliged to add our voices to the chorus of international appeals to cancel the concert. Being a band with a conscience, we cannot imagine you playing in a privileged bubble, surrounded by millions of Palestinians forced to live under oppression, apartheid and the Israeli occupation.
The lyrics of your music are in stark contrast to Israeli policies, which impose a brutal occupation to drive people from their native land [1], the racist laws that dismember families [2] and a violent crackdown to suppress nonviolent resistance [ 3].
As you surely already know, after receiving similar letters from the United States, France, Israel, India, Lebanon, South Africa, as well as collective international "Don't Play Apartheid Israel" and "Artists Against Apartheid," [ 4]  a global movement has been launched, led by Palestinian civil society, artists are invited to refuse to perform in Israel in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel [5], a non-violent response to end the politics in Israel that reflect those of Apartheid South Africa. This is the reason why Tel Aviv is considered the Sun City of our times.
Your concert in Milan in July falls a few days before the eighth anniversary of the historic decision of the International Court of Justice declared that the Apartheid Wall and Israeli settlements are in violation of international law. [6] Inaction has allowed Israel to continue its violations of human rights, and will continue to do so as long as Israel enjoys impunity and as long as its self-proclaimed status as a "normal, civilized, democratic state" is not disputed.
Like it or not, your concert will be part of efforts to promote that image. In fact, it already is. News of the concert is on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, presented you as "yet another extraordinary example of music available internationally in Israel," to hide the atrocities of the daily Israeli crimes. [7]  By the way, if you consult the maps provided by this ministry, you will hardly find the Occupied Palestinian Territories. [8] Only last year, during the 10-day festival sponsored by the Israeli government in Milan, video clips of concerts of Tel Aviv's international stars had a prominent place in the multimedia installation on the main square of the city, explaining that when comes to Israel, one can not separate music from politics.
Many of us are longtime fans of your music and we want you to continue to "play for a better day ', but this can not happen if you choose not to respect the boycott, ignoring what is happening around you and taking your music to drown the noise of bulldozers that demolish the houses [9], the firing of shots on farmers [10] and the cries of the Palestinians for freedom, justice and equality.
It can only happen if you choose instead to join the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as the many artists, musicians, filmmakers and writers who choose to stand beside the oppressed and refuse to allow their talents are used to mask violations human rights. [11]
Only then "the power of equality" start to become "what should be." We ask you to remove your concert in Tel Aviv.
BDS Italy
BDS Italy is a movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, made up of associations and groups throughout Italy that joined the call of Palestinian civil society in 2005 and promote BDS campaigns and initiatives at national and local levels.
[1][2][3][4] Don’t Play Apartheid Israel France from Within - Israel Against Apartheid Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Africa Artists Against Apartheid[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]