Monday, May 28, 2012

Habima's Presence at the Globe, A Successful Protest in Support of Justice on 28 May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MAY 28, 2012      Press Release from BIN - Boycott Israel Network and BRICUP - British Committee for the Universities of Palestine      
Protesters for Democracy, Justice and Freedom for Palestinians Face Draconian Security at the Israeli State Theater Group "Habima" performance at the Globe Theatre, London
* Shakespeare's Globe in security lockdown to defend Israeli National Theatre 
* Peaceful protesters aggressively removed from theatre 
* Israeli Embassy orchestrates propaganda campaign against  growing support for cultural boycott      
Despite unprecedented security at Shakespeare's Globe for Monday's performance by Israeli National Theatre, Habima, pro-Palestinian campaigners succeeded in unfurling a banner and staging a mute protest against illegal colonisation and settlement. Protesters were manhandled by security staff out of the theatre on London's Bankside, where Habima - which entertains colonists illegally settled on Palestinian land - was performing the Merchant of Venice in Hebrew as part of the Cultural Olympiad.      
Six protesters displayed a Palestinian flag, a large banner and several smaller ones they had smuggled into the theatre. The banners carried the slogan "Israeli apartheid leave the stage".      
"We tried non-violently to convey the message that culture may not be used to give a civilised gloss to a state that perpetrates human rights abuses," said Zoe Mars, a protester. Audience members walked out of the performance because they were disgusted by the rough treatment of the peaceful and silentdemonstrators.      
Protesters' ingenuity was tested by  airport style security checks including "extensive searches of bags and audience members". The theatre box office was closed by 4 pm, photographic equipment was banned and any bag larger than a modest sized purse had to be checked into a special left luggage facility.     
 Israeli Embassy attempts to undermine the protests with a Twitter campaign in support of Habima fizzled out when their efforts were leaked to pro-Palestinian activists. An embassy circular suggested using the hashtag #loveculture, because it "won't be taken at first glance as a political statement."      
"This is proof positive that as far as the Israeli state is concerned, culture and political propaganda are indivisible," said Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, cultural working group coordinator of the Boycott Israel Network.      
"This campaign is not an attack on individual artists, we are not censoring the content of their work nor are we concerned about their ethnicity or the language they speak. As with South African sport in the apartheid era, this is about refusing to allow culture to be used to whitewash oppression."      
Israeli, Palestinian and British human rights campaigners, backed by respected figures in theatre and the arts, have urged the Globe over recent months to withdraw its invitation to Habima which is complicit in the state's human rights violations and illegal colonisation of occupied land.      
Campaign supporters such as film maker Ken Loach and actors David Calder and Miriam Margolyes say Habima uses its art to normalise an unacceptable situation. Their complicity "makes a mockery of their claim to freedom in their work," says Loach.      
For further information contact:      Eleanor Kilroy 07909 248651      
Jonathan Rosenhead 07969 961775      
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi 07759 024659      
NOTES   1. This campaign went public with  an open letter published in The Guardian  (March 29), signed by David Calder, Trevor Griffiths, Jonathan Miller, Mark Rylance, Emma Thompson and Harriet Walter, along with 31 others.     
 2. See video statements from actors David Calder,  Miriam Margolyes  and John Graham Davies .      
3. Statement from filmmaker Ken Loach and from Palestinian writer Dr Ghada Karmi.      
4. Photos and video from protesters to follow - watch this space.      
5. Palestinian theatre company, Ashtar, based in Ramallah in the Occupied West Bank, staged Richard II in Arabic at the Globe on May 4 and 5. In a post-performance discussion, artistic director Iman Aoun revealed that she had been strip searched on leaving Tel Aviv airport to travel to London. She and other members of the company explained their support for the cultural boycott of Israeli institutions.   
6. Video: "Hath a Palestinian not eyes?"   
7. Israeli President Shimon Peres recently cited boycotts as a key reason why Israel may be obliged to make peace.  
 8. Foreign Secretary William Hague last month  condemned Israeli settlement activity, saying: "As the Occupying Power of the Palestinian Territories, the Israeli government has an absolute requirement to uphold international law and to fulfill its commitments."   
9. Content of Israeli Embassy circular mobilising Twitter support for Habima:   An Important Message from the Israeli Embassy - MAY 29TH/HABIMA THEATRE COMPANY Importance: High   Dear Liverpool Jewish Community Members,   As part of the campaign around Habima's performance at the Globe this coming week, we are aiming to get something relevant trending on twitter. After careful consideration, we have decided to use the hashtag #LoveCulture as it is short enough to fit on a substantial tweet and won't be taken at first glance as a political statement.   To get something trending on twitter, we need it to be a sudden occurrence. Therefore, we will start tweeting with #LoveCulture at 08:00 UK Time (which is GMT +1) on Tuesday 29 May (please do not start before this time as it will dilute the possibility of this actually trending).   (If you do not have twitter, please email before Tuesday 29th May and Adam will advise you what/how to use twitter)   Due to the rules twitter has, please refrain from using additional hash-tags, sending multiple tweets with only minor changes as they won't be counted and please make sure that your tweets are relevant, as again not complying will result in tweets not being counted.   Examples of tweets that you can use (please try and edit them) are:   · Great to see @HabimaTheatre celebrating the Cultural Olympiad @the_globe...all the world's a stage #LoveCulture   · Fantastic seeing the foremost Hebrew speaking theatre company perform the Merchant of Venice @the_globe #LoveCulture   · Was great to hear @edvaizey enjoyed watching @HabimaTheatre... did he understand any of it though? #LoveCulture   · Jealous of all those off to see sold out @HabimaTheatre at @the_globe tonight...last night was great #LoveCulture   If you are using a twitter client such as TweetDeck or HootSuite, there is an option to schedule tweets to be sent at a predetermined time.   
Please feel free to send this on to trusted contacts with twitter.   
If you have any questions please contact or   Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach

Sunday, May 27, 2012

BDS Italia to the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Boycott Israel

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Playing for a better day is not possible in Israel

An open letter from BDS Italy  (English translation.  original at
Sign the  international petition asking the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cancel a concert in Israel!
Dear Flea, Anthony, Chad and Josh,
After learning of your planned concert in Tel Aviv, we felt obliged to add our voices to the chorus of international appeals to cancel the concert. Being a band with a conscience, we cannot imagine you playing in a privileged bubble, surrounded by millions of Palestinians forced to live under oppression, apartheid and the Israeli occupation.
The lyrics of your music are in stark contrast to Israeli policies, which impose a brutal occupation to drive people from their native land [1], the racist laws that dismember families [2] and a violent crackdown to suppress nonviolent resistance [ 3].
As you surely already know, after receiving similar letters from the United States, France, Israel, India, Lebanon, South Africa, as well as collective international "Don't Play Apartheid Israel" and "Artists Against Apartheid," [ 4]  a global movement has been launched, led by Palestinian civil society, artists are invited to refuse to perform in Israel in the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel [5], a non-violent response to end the politics in Israel that reflect those of Apartheid South Africa. This is the reason why Tel Aviv is considered the Sun City of our times.
Your concert in Milan in July falls a few days before the eighth anniversary of the historic decision of the International Court of Justice declared that the Apartheid Wall and Israeli settlements are in violation of international law. [6] Inaction has allowed Israel to continue its violations of human rights, and will continue to do so as long as Israel enjoys impunity and as long as its self-proclaimed status as a "normal, civilized, democratic state" is not disputed.
Like it or not, your concert will be part of efforts to promote that image. In fact, it already is. News of the concert is on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, presented you as "yet another extraordinary example of music available internationally in Israel," to hide the atrocities of the daily Israeli crimes. [7]  By the way, if you consult the maps provided by this ministry, you will hardly find the Occupied Palestinian Territories. [8] Only last year, during the 10-day festival sponsored by the Israeli government in Milan, video clips of concerts of Tel Aviv's international stars had a prominent place in the multimedia installation on the main square of the city, explaining that when comes to Israel, one can not separate music from politics.
Many of us are longtime fans of your music and we want you to continue to "play for a better day ', but this can not happen if you choose not to respect the boycott, ignoring what is happening around you and taking your music to drown the noise of bulldozers that demolish the houses [9], the firing of shots on farmers [10] and the cries of the Palestinians for freedom, justice and equality.
It can only happen if you choose instead to join the likes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as the many artists, musicians, filmmakers and writers who choose to stand beside the oppressed and refuse to allow their talents are used to mask violations human rights. [11]
Only then "the power of equality" start to become "what should be." We ask you to remove your concert in Tel Aviv.
BDS Italy
BDS Italy is a movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, made up of associations and groups throughout Italy that joined the call of Palestinian civil society in 2005 and promote BDS campaigns and initiatives at national and local levels.
[1][2][3][4] Don’t Play Apartheid Israel France from Within - Israel Against Apartheid Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel Africa Artists Against Apartheid[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Friday, May 25, 2012

Morrissey: Say YES to human rights, No to apartheid Israel

Human rights advocates ask Morrissey to abandon his plans for a gig in apartheid Israel this July, in favor of human rights.  Four years ago, Morrissey chose to violate the boycott call, and he plans to play Apartheid Israel for a second time on 21 July, 2012.  Today, this letter to him from the PACBI is more pertinent than ever for the avowed vegan and animals rights advocate Morrissey.  

(April 16, 2008) Today, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed your video message to the Israeli public, confirming your performance in Tel Aviv on July 29, 2008 [1]. You end your message with the words "God bless Israel, stay nice!" This message and your planned Israel gig are indicators of either a serious lack of understanding of what Israel is or a conscious bias towards Israel, despite its colonial and apartheid reality. Celebrating Israel, as you plan to do, at a time when it is persistently committing war crimes and other grave breaches of international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in Gaza, is an act of complicity in maintaining Israel's illegal occupation and regime of racial dscrimination against the people of Palestine.It is ironic that your persistent affection for outsiders and misfits has often driven you to write in their voices. Someone hated, rejected and violently attacked by a racist, nationalistic society has her point of view expressed in these lyrics, which you wrote:

We're old news

All's well

Say BBC scum

One child shot, but so what?

Laid my son

In a box, three feet long

And I still don't know why

A short walk home becomes a run

And I'm scared

In my own country

Singing in Tel Aviv despite the fact that more than 800 Palestinian children have been killed -- many in a willful manner -- by the Israeli occupation army and settlers in the past 7 years alone would effectively tell us, in our faces: "One Palestinian child shot, but so what?"

This year, Israel celebrates the 60th anniversary of its establishment over the ruins of another country, Palestine. With the creation of this state sixty years ago, three quarters of a million Palestinians were dispossessed and uprooted from their homes and lands, condemned to a life of exile and destitution.

Israel at 60 is a state that is still denying Palestinian refugees their UN-sanctioned rights, simply because they are "non-Jews." It is still illegally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands, in violation of numerous UN resolutions. In the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), Israel is continuing the construction of its colonies and massive Wall in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention as well as the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of July 2004. It is still persistently and grossly breaching international law and infringing fundamental human rights with impunity afforded to it through munificent US and European economic, diplomatic and political support. It is still treating its own Palestinian citizens with institutionalized discrimination.

In 2006, virtually all leading Palestinian artists and cultural figures have called for an international cultural boycott of Israel [2]. To date, many leading international cultural figures, including Ken Loach and John Berger, and some artists' unions, like the Irish Aosdana, have heeded the Palestinian Call and shunned Israel, just as they boycotted apartheid South Africa.

On December 3, 2007, you said "I abhor racism and oppression or cruelty of any kind and will not let this pass without being absolutely clear and emphatic with regard to what my position is. Racism is beyond common sense and I believe it has no place in our society."

It is "absolutely clear" that your performance in Israel would betray a regrettable double standard, if not a categorical negation of those noble ideals.

* The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel - [url=][/url]

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Posted on 16-04-2008

Thursday, May 24, 2012

South Africa Appeals to Red Hot Chili Peppers: Don't Play Israel

An eighth letter was written yesterday, to the band The Red Hot Chili Peppers.  South African Artists Against Apartheid has written what will be the eighth open letter to the California based alternative rock band, which is scheduled to play Israel (part of the Pic.Nic venue) on 10 September later this year.  The letter reads in part:

"You might wonder what purpose refusing to perform in Israel might serve? As a people whose parents and grandparents suffered under (and resisted) Apartheid in South Africa, our history is testament to the value and legitimacy that the international boycott had in bringing an end to the Apartheid regime in our country.  When artists and sportspeople began refusing to perform in South Africa, the world’s eyes turned to the injustices that were happening here. This then created a wave of pressure on politicians and world leaders representing their constituencies, to insist on a regime-change - this contributed to a free, democratic and non-racial South Africa. The same is not only possible for Palestine-Israel, but inevitable. The question is: on which side of history do you want to be? Performing in Apartheid South Africa during the 80s, or in Israel today, is choosing to be on the wrong side of history."
(full text at

On 29 March, 2012 this video was released explaining the parallel between present day Israeli apartheid and the now defunct South African apartheid.  The video is an artistic show of solidarity that unites Palestinians and South Africans.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Elvis Costello: Remembering artists who respect the boycott

Nearly two years ago Elvis Costello cancelled his planned gig in apartheid Israel, and wrote the noted "It is After Considerable Contemplation..." statement on his "Yellow Press" blog.  Costello led the way for many other artists to also say YES to justice.  Here's the well-known letter:

It is after considerable contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the 30th of June and the 1st of July.
One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament.
Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.

I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security.

I am also keenly aware of the sensitivity of these themes in the wake of so many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation.

Some will regard all of this an unknowable without personal experience but if these subjects are actually too grave and complex to be addressed in a concert, then it is also quite impossible to simply look the other way.

I offer my sincere apologies for any disappointment to the advance ticket holders as well as to the organizers.

My thanks also go to the members of the Israeli media with whom I had most rewarding and illuminating conversations.  They may regard these exchanges as a waste of their time but they were of great value and help to me in gaining an appreciation of the cultural scene.

I hope it is possible to understand that I am not taking this decision lightly or so I may stand beneath any banner, nor is it one in which I imagine myself to possess any unique or eternal truth.
It is a matter of instinct and conscience.

It has been necessary to dial out the falsehoods of propaganda, the double game and hysterical language of politics, the vanity and self-righteousness of public communiqués from cranks in order to eventually sift through my own conflicted thoughts.

I have come to the following conclusions.
One must at least consider any rational argument that comes before the appeal of more desperate means.
Sometimes a silence in music is better than adding to the static and so an end to it.
I cannot imagine receiving another invitation to perform in Israel, which is a matter of regret but I can imagine a better time when I would not be writing this.
With the hope for peace and understanding.

Elvis Costello's statement was published on his Web site on 15 May 2010; it is reproduced here for non-profit educational purposes.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Don't Play Israel say artists from India

The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel appeals to Red Hot Chili Peppers to cancel performance in Israel in a letter from 18 May.  (See  This marks the seventh such letter written to the famed Los Angeles, California based band.  
Dear Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Josh Klinghoffer,
We, a group of academics, activists and artists in India, came together in June 2010 to campaign against yet another apartheid regime by extending support to the international campaign for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.
We understand that you are scheduled to perform in Sun City, Tel Aviv in September this year. As artists with a conscience, we appeal to you to cancel your scheduled performance and join us in the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.
The Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) was issued on July 9, 2005, one year after the historic Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), declared that Israel's Wall built on occupied Palestinian territory was illegal. Palestinian civil society called upon international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel, similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era -- until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination, and complies with international law. BDS has been endorsed by over 170 Palestinian parties, organizations, trade unions and movements representing the Palestinian people in the 1967 and 1948 territories and in the diaspora. On July 13, 2005 the UN International Civil Society Conference adopted the Palestinian Call for BDS.
Now we, supporters of the Palestinian struggle in India and South Asia, call upon civil society in our region to support the Palestinian right to resist, without violence, an illegal occupation. The BDS position is a morally sound and effective means of struggle that challenges the world to force Israeli compliance with international law.
Many artists of conscience have cancelled their planned gigs in the apartheid state, chosen not to book concerts when asked, and not rescheduled. They include, in 2011 alone, Jon Bon Jovi, Vanessa Paradis, August Burns Red, Marc Almond, Tuba Skinny, Eddie Palmieri, and more. Some artists have spoken up in public in support of the cultural boycott of Israel, such as musical icon Roger Waters, Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack), Martha Frintzila, Natacha Atlas and Faithless.
One appeal (from Don't Play Apartheid Israel cites some of your lyrics and points out that these words could well be sung by the Palestinians who live within Israel and endure discrimination daily:
“...I was born in a land, I don’t think you understand God damn, what I am I’m a native of this place, please don’t kick me in the face My race has been disgraced...”
Last November, you played at a benefit for Palestinian refugee children at Cafe de Paris in London. You must then know of the 64 year plight of Palestinians who have been denied the right to return to their land. Fighting for the implementation of this right is one of the central tenets of the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) and the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). So please don’t let your band be used to legitimize home demolitions, illegal raids, the use of white phosphorous, political and child imprisonments, racist marriage bans, piracy and execution in international waters, collective punishment, Occupation, checkpoints, roadblocks, and the bombing and closing of educational institutions. If you cancel your gig in Israel, you will also be encouraging other artists to follow your lead. And your fans all over the world will know you stand for justice and an end to apartheid.
For INCACBI (The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel)
  • Gargi Sen (Filmmaker, Convener)
  • Dhruv Sangari (Musician)
  • Vidya Rao (Editor, Singer)
  • Saeed Mirza (Filmmaker)
  • Sudanwa Deshpande (Theatreperson)
  • M.K. Raina (Theatre person)
  • N. Pushpamala (Artist)
  • Ram Rahman (Artist)
  • Amar Kanwar (Artist)
  • Sheba Chhachhi (Artist)
  • Saba Hasan (artist)
  • Ayisha Abraham (Artist)
  • Githa Hariharan (Writer)
  • Anand Patwardhan (filmmaker)
  • and 85 others from INCACBI

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Links to OPEN LETTERS

The call for the Red Hot Chili Peppers has reached global proportions, with letters from the USA, France, Israel, Lebanon, and DPAI with members from Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia and more.  Thus far, the response from the Chili Peppers has been silence, with the exception of  Flea, who made a small comment on twitter saying (to the effect) that he loves all people.  A facebook page started in December called Red Hot Chili Peppers:  Defy Injustice, Cancel Israel continues to grow.  
The letters to the band keep coming, click here  ( links to more letters, including the SIX letters below.  

OPEN LETTER:  The USACBI created a petition using the letter written by Tali Shapiro, the letter & petition can be seen here  Add your name if you have not already, and you agree with the letter.

OPEN LETTER:  The group BOYCOTT! wrote to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in April highlighting Israel's use of bands to promote its own agenda.  The letter is here  

OPEN LETTER:  Lebanon's name is added to the list with a letter printed in Al-Akhbar on 25 April, by the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon.  The letter emphasized that just 4 days prior to playing in Israel, the band plans to play in Lebanon.  It states "The soil that Arabs have cultivated for centuries, in Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria, has been militarily occupied for decades by Israel."   See the letter here

OPEN LETTER:  BDS France publishes their letter on 3 May, asking the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cancel.  Translated:  "If you play in Tel Aviv, please do not forget that thousands of Palestinian young admirers, just a half an hour away, who will not have the right to listen to you just because Israel has confined them behind a monstrous wall of separation.  Will this not give you nausea on stage?  We believe that it should. Please: do not go there."     Read the letter at

OPEN LETTER:  DPAI write on 9 December, explaining the "CCFP" to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  The letter also quoted the lyrics from Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky.  The American Indians are the Palestinians of North America.  The letter was published by the PACBI at 

OPEN LETTER :  Artists Against Apartheid appeal to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in this letter, linking the struggle to South Africa

On 25 April, the Jewish Journal gave added publicity to the campaign when it reported that 30 leading music executives in Hollywood met with the CCFP to discuss the powerful effect of the BDS movement and how they planned to counteract it.  This campaign and the facebook page were referred to: 
     But elsewhere, there may be trouble ahead. CCFP is already monitoring a situation arising with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, scheduled to perform in Israel in September, who have become the subject of an intense Internet campaign to cancel. If you Google “Red Hot Chili Peppers Israel” the third hit from the top is a Facebook page demanding the Peppers “Defy Injustice, Cancel Israel.” At press time, it had 700 “likes.”
Hannah Rochelle Schmeider, the president of Lyric Culture, implied she would do her part to combat BDS using apparel.  
BDS Frances asks Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Will this (wall) not give you nausea on stage?"

OPEN LETTER: BDS France Campaign asks Red Hot Chili Peppers to Respect Palestinian Call For Boycott

Lettre ouverte Campagne BDS France aux Red Hot Chili Peppers, qui ont prévu de se produire en Israël

Paris, le 03 Mai 2012
Chers Red Hot Chili Peppers,

Ici, en France, vos admirateurs se réjouissent de votre venue le 30 juin à Paris. Mais nous sommes consternés
d'apprendre que les organisateurs de votre tournée d'été ont inclus dans votre programme un spectacle le 10
septembre à Tel-Aviv.

Peut-être ignorez-vous que les organisations de la société civile palestinienne ont lancé un appel aux artistes pour
qu'ils ne se rendent pas en Israël tant qu'il continue d'ignorer les résolutions des Nations unies, de se moquer du
droit international et de priver les Palestiniens de leurs droits humains les plus élémentaires.

Peut-être ignorez-vous que ces deux dernières années, de nombreux artistes ont répondu à cet appel en refusant
de paraître en Israël, et que d'autres ayant d'abord donné leur accord pour y jouer ont annulé leurs performances,
ressentant qu'il était plus important de soutenir la lutte du peuple palestinien contre l'oppression israélienne.

Parmi eux, Elvis Costello, Cat Power, Roger Waters, Cassandra Wilson, Carlos Santana, Annie Lennox, Brian
Eno, Massive Attack, Gorillaz, The Pixies, Tuba Skinny, Pete Seeger, feu Gil Scott-Heron, Jello Biafra… Il y a juste
deux jours, le groupe irlandais Dervish s'est retiré d'une série de concerts programmés en juin en Israël, s'ajoutant
aux 150 musiciens irlandais qui ont rejoint le boycott culturel.

Nous pensons que vous êtes trop intelligents pour ne pas saisir qu’aujourd’hui, jouer en Israël, c'est comme faire
une déclaration politique. Votre apparition embellirait un État colonial de peuplement qui cherche toujours
vigoureusement à déposséder la population indigène et à la chasser de sa terre. En y jouant, vous aideriez à
camoufler les réalités brutales d'une occupation militaire cruelle et illégale. Pour les Palestiniens, la lutte est aussi
réelle qu’actuelle - une bataille quotidienne pour garder leurs terres, leurs maisons, leurs ressources et leurs
espoirs. Quelle que soit votre croyance de pouvoir y aller simplement comme artistes, votre présence sera
manipulée pour assurer aux Israéliens que leur impitoyable société coloniale est en quelque sorte « normale » et
pour promouvoir la marque Israël à l'étranger. Vous diriez aux Israéliens et au monde que le traitement
abominable des Palestiniens par Israël est acceptable. Est-ce vraiment ce que vous voulez ?

Le boycott est une forme d'action directe non-violente. Elle donne aux gens le pouvoir d'agir en faveur de la justice
quand nos gouvernements y échouent. Est-il imaginable que, pendant la longue lutte contre l'apartheid sudafricain,
vous y seriez allé pour jouer pour les suprématistes blancs ? Si votre réponse est Non, alors vous
souhaitez déjà boycotter un système sans coeur et injuste.

Une telle « prise de position » vous met peut-être mal à l'aise ; peut-être ressentez-vous qu’elle ne colle pas avec
l'esprit et les valeurs de votre travail musical. Mais en acceptant de jouer en Israël, vous prendriez déjà position.
En ce moment, plus de 1500 Palestiniens dans les prisons israéliennes - un tiers du total - sont dans une grève de
la faim massive pour protester contre les détentions sans charges ni procès. Peut-être pourriez-vous vous tenir de
leur côté.… Ou avec les familles palestiniennes jetées violemment de leur propre maison dans Jérusalem Est
occupée, pour laisser la place à des colons juifs.… Ou avec Muhammad Hashem, 15 ans, du village de Beit
Ommar, arraché de son foyer en pleine nuit par des soldats israéliens en tenue de combat pour punir son père
Ahmad d’avoir organisé une résistance non-violente contre le vol en cours des terres de leur village.

Si vous jouez à Tel-Aviv, s'il vous plaît n'oubliez pas que des milliers de jeunes admirateurs palestiniens, à tout
juste une demi-heure de route, n'auront pas le droit de vous écouter simplement parce qu'Israël les a confinés
derrière un mur de séparation monstrueux. Ça ne va pas vous donner la nausée sur scène ? Nous pensons que
ça devrait. S'il vous plaît : n'y allez pas.

Bien sincèrement,

Campagne BDS France
CICP -21 ter rue Voltaire - 75011 Paris