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 http://www.newsru.co.il/rest/03jul2012) To contact Katamadze, and ask her not to reschedule, see:
email at  nino-katamadze@mail.ru



(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!