Sunday, July 8, 2012

Nino Katamadze Will Not Play Apartheid Israel

Katamadze released her latest album White in  Georgia,
Russia, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, France,
Germany, UK and Italy

UPDATE from 9 July:  On a pro-apartheid Russian language website, it is reported that Katamadze may plan to reschedule her tour in apartheid Israel.  We cannot confirm if this is factual or not. (See To contact Katamadze, and ask her not to reschedule, see:
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(Original Post) Nino Katamadze, international jazz singer from Georgia, has just cancelled her entire concert tour in apartheid Israel scheduled for 13-17 November.  She joins other artists who have also honored the call for boycott by Palestinian Civil Society.  

Katamadze was contacted by Israeli group, Boycott From Within, in 2011, in a letter stating:

We, Israeli citizens, members of Boycott![2], hereby reiterate our support and promotion of the Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights[3].
. . . we urge artists scheduled to perform in Israel to send a clear message that the Israeli occupation, the institutionalized discrimination of Israel's own Palestinian citizens and Israel's denial of the right of return and compensation of the Palestinian refugees - are neither okay nor normal, as Maxi Jazz from Faithless once put it[8]. Roxette, Ziggy Marley, Dream Theater, George Benson, Nino Katamadze, Paul Simon and John Cale – we may risk persecution for saying this – heed the Palestinian call for BDS and cancel your shows in Israel!