Jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson is being asked to respect the cultural boycott of Israel in an OPEN LETTER from BDS France. Terrasson is being urged to refrain from playing at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat. Terrasson recently asked his fans on facebook to sign a petition in favor of gun control, which states: How many more senseless and entirely PREVENTABLE shootings have to occur before we do something about Gun Control ... On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and opened fire, killing 26 people, 20 of whom were children. Completely innocent unarmed victims.
It is wonderful that Terrasson can use his influence to help people work for peace and stop school shootings. Terrasson would also do well to take an anti-apartheid stand and refrain playing in Israel. Other jazz greats have cancelled their plans to play at this year's Winter Red Sea Jazz Festival. Stanley Jordan has declined his invitation, after engaging in a dialogue about the reason for the boycott on his facebook. Portico Quartet also declined, and has voiced support for the palestinian-led BDS movement. Grammy winning jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, with whom Terrasson worked with on the recording Rendezvous, also cancelled in 2012, taking a public political stand just before she was due to board a plane to Tel Aviv. Israeli daily Ynet reported (in Hebrew, translated) that Wilson announced, “as a human rights activist, I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel.”
BDS France's compelling letter: