Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jefferson Starship, apartheid Israel, Palestine, Human Rights

The official twitter of the zionist government of apartheid Israel has the spare time to be so concerned about the grass roots volunteer based global movement called "BDS" that they have countered efforts to get Jefferson Starship to refrain from playing in Israel by tweeting about Starship's 'landing' in apartheid.  

The band, which consists of members Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, Cathy Richardson, are being used to re-Brand Israel and improve upon Israel's grim image with people worldwide. If Jefferson Starship does business as usual with Israel, then (okay) Israel's a normal state (that's the supposition).

But Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith, and Cathy Richardson may really be in the dark. In the USA, mainstream media have played a role in censoring human rights violations by Israel.  Media also is to blame for shaping a false positive view of the apartheid state.  If the Jefferson Starship happens to listen to prize winning author Alice Walker (The Color Purple) in Gaza on the youtube video Alice Walker - The Palestinian Spirit . . .

… and then carefully read Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters’ words in an article he wrote for the Guardian in the UK titled Tear down this Israeli wall: I want the music industry to support Palestinians' rights and oppose this inhumane barrier, they may just decide they are artists of conscience. Waters wrote:

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. And we 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.

… if the Starship reads letters written to other artists, like the one written to Cassandra Wilson (Grammy winning Jazz artist) before she cancelled, they just may decide to stay home. Israeli members of Boycott From Within wrote:

Palestinian fans of your music living under the brutal military occupation of theWest Bank or the hermetic siege of the Gaza Strip will be prohibited from coming to Holon and enjoy your performance. These 4 millions who are being denied their most fundamental rights include many Palestinian women, whom the Isha festival will certainly not empower.

Human rights are universal, they are not selective.  The boycott by leading artists worked against South African apartheid.  Other artists such as Natacha Atlas, Cat Power, Jello Biafra, Lhasa, Gilles Vigneault, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Annie Lennox, Maxi Jazz, Gil Scott-Heron and Massive Attack’s Del Naja, all support the boycott.  Boycotts can work today.  Jefferson Starship may just come in 'out of the dark' before September.