Tuesday, September 18, 2012

VIDEO: Girl Power in Gaza and the Global BDS Movement

UPDATE:  21 Sept: New video released: The music is by Marcel Khalife, and the video states: 
The original music score for this video was "Teardrop" by Massive Attack.  Massive Attack were brave enough to join the BDS Campaign and two years ago refused to perform in Israel.  Lead singer Robert Del Naja said that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign is "the only way forward... a good thing to aim for because it applies the continual pressure that's needed."  SOny ATV Publishing and UMPG Publishing, who hold the rights to this music from Massive Attack had the video removed.  We hope that our original call for BDS to students around the world will once again be made available to the public.
Of course, with these powerful, amazing, students in Gaza, the message will get out.  After all, whose gonna mess with girl power like this, enjoy!

UPDATE:  20 Sept: SONY/ATV Publishing has appeared to claim copy-write infringement and so the video below is not viewable.  This seems suspect, as Virgin/EMI publish Massive Attack's work.  Also, there are SCORES of unofficial youtube versions of "Teardrop" on the web.  It should be noted that when the video was released, there were quite a few "dislikes" on it.  I think that the youth of Gaza should be proud their video was so feared and despised in this way, it is a sure sign of its great effectiveness.     
Questionable motives by youtube.  Video not available for college students in the west to view. 

(Original Article) Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack should feel honored. Massive Attack's "Teardrop" was selected by arguably some of the most courageous students in the world as the soundtrack for an impressive video.  Two years ago, Del Naja told the New Statesman in the UK why he supports the boycott of Israel.  

The video, which looks like it could have been directed by Quentin Tarantino (see multi frame at 1:42), features seven students, and is directed by Mohammed El Majdalawi, the talented Palestinian film maker from Gaza. It flies in the face of those who would say that females are suppressed in Gaza.  Five of the students are confident, straightforward females that would make any feminist proud.

As the 2012-2013 year begins for college students in the West and beyond, most students will be thinking about studying, exams and social functions.  Some will be also thinking about sororities, how to decorate their dorm rooms, and the best place to hang out near campus.  

Life as a college student in Gaza brings out special challenges, like how to study without electricity, how to cope with family needs and the absence of clean water.  Its not easy to focus on exams whilst Israel fires on Gaza.

Thankfully, many university campuses have students who are concerned about human rights for Palestinians, and agree that the global BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement will make a huge impact on change.  That change seeks an apartheid-free future for all Palestinians.