Sunday, September 9, 2012

What's Wrong With Chad? Solidarity with Israel?

Just before 2 AM yesterday, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers tweets:
Anti-apartheid volunteers have crossed the globe gaining thousands of signatures on an online petition asking the band to cancel their show in Israel, apparently to no avail.  
There is so much wrong with Chad's statement on twitter:
The band plans to play to a segregated audience in Tel Aviv, how is that uplifting?  
Is it somehow uplifting to those Palestinians who Israel prevents from attending?
The music won't cross over the illegally built apartheid wall that the Zionist state maintains.
The pariah state has already used the Red Hot Chili Peppers' name to whitewash its crimes, attempting to tell an increasingly more aware world, the lie that Israel is a democracy.
If the Red Hot Chili Peppers really want to uplift Israelis through music, there are many other ways to do that which do not violate the boycott.  Why not invite Israelis to watch a livestream of another concert?  How about offering a free music download to all fans in lieu of a concert?
The sad truth is, there is a lot more to the Tel Aviv show than just the desire to play music.  The concert places the band on the side of the oppressor, and shows they have no respect at all for the Palestinian call to boycott.  While other brilliant colleagues in the music industry shun apartheid and stand with Palestinians,  Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Josh Klinghoffer all choose to ally themselves with Israel, with injustice, and with apartheid.  
Its never only about the music when an artist plays in Israel.  That's why the Official Twitter of Israel immediately tweets whenever any band agrees to play there.